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Berries and Seeds

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Don’t Eat Wild Berries or Seeds

Some plants in our homes and yards produce dangerous berries that can be tempting to children. Children may be especially tempted if they've seen their parents picking edible berries, such as strawberries, blackberries or blueberries.

To keep your family safe, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Make sure the plants in your home and yard are not toxic. Check our plant list for more information.
  • Clean up fallen seeds or pods from trees.
  • Teach your children never to put seeds, nuts or berries from any plant into their mouths.
  • Don’t pick or eat wild berries or seeds.
  • Don’t assume that because an animal is eating a wild berry that it’s safe for humans.

What to Do if Someone Eats Wild Berries or Seeds

If someone you know eats wild berries or seeds, contact The University of Kansas Hospital Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. Be prepared to describe the plant.