Food Plants

Common food plants can be harmful to people and to pets. Click on the plant names below to find out if the food or plants in your home are dangerous.

Toxicity Level

Each food or plant on the list has been rated with one or more of these toxicity levels:

  • N/T - Non-toxic:These plants are not poisonous or there is no known record of toxicity.
  • 1 - Dermatitis:Exposure to juice or sap from these plants or a puncture wound from the thorns may produce a skin rash or irritation.
  • 2 - Minor toxicity:Ingestion may cause minor symptoms such as rash, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • 3 - Major toxicity:Ingestion in large amounts can cause serious effects.
  • 4 - Animal toxicity:These plants are known to cause problems in animals.

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The list of poisonous plants on this web site does not necessarily include every poisonous plant that is known or that might be found in a home or yard. The University of Kansas Hospital does not advise eating any of the plants on this web site. We discourage the use of any of these plants for self medication. The information on this site is taken from the literature, and the degree of reliability is unknown. In case of accidental exposure or ingestion, contact the Poison Center 1-800-222-1222.