These Plants Can Kill
Below is just a sample of the poisonous plants that can place a child's life at risk. In cases of suspected poisoning, you can get advice 24 hours a day from the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.
- Find out if any plants in your garden are poisonous, remove them or keep children well away from them.
- Contact the Poisons Information Centre if your child becomes sick after eating part of a plant.
- You can get more detailed information on poisonous plants from Kidsafe Tasmania. Simply contact us.
|Apple||The leaves of the apple tree and seeds in the fruit itself are dangerous if eaten in large amounts.||Contains the chemical cyanide.|
|Arum Lily||All parts of these common white lilies will cause burning in the mouth if eaten. Serious illness is uncommon as the burning prevents large quantities from being consumed.||Burning mouth, skin rash.|
|Castor Oil Plant||Only the chewed seeds are dangerous, however 2-3 seeds can cause death.||Burning mouth and throat, bloody diarrhoea 3-36 hours after ingestion. Rapid and feeble pulse, muscular cramps in calves and abdomen and bluish discolouration of skin.|
|Daphne||All parts of this common ornamental shrub are poisonous, especially the berries. The fragrant pink and white flowers can be very attractive to children.||Severe vomiting and diarrhoea; burning sensation in mouth and stomach.|
|Deadly Nightshade||The round purple//black berries are appealing to children and highly toxic.||Dry throat, thirstiness, palpitations and flushed dry skin.|
|Hemlock||Hemlock is a very common plant and all parts are poisonous.||Can cause neuro-muscular block, low blood pressure, heart contraction and unconsciousness leading to death.|
|Lily of Valley||All parts of this attractive garden plant are poisonous. The fruit are globular red berries about 12mm in diameter.||Nausea, vomiting, headache, an excessive flow of saliva and eventually heart failure.|
|Oleander||All parts of this plant, with flowers ranging from white to pink, apricot and red are poisonous.||Vomiting, stomach pain, blood stained faeces, dizziness, irregular heartbeat and unconsciousness. Death results from heart failure or respiratory paralysis.|
|Poinsettia||A popular pot plant with bright red, white or yellow leaves. Has a white milky sap.||The sap can cause extreme irritation to the skin and eyes. All parts are poisonous if eaten and can cause severe vomiting, purging, delirium, and can lead to death.|
|Potato||The green skin of this food is highly toxic.||Severe vomiting and diarrhoea.|
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