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Safety tips for plant lovers

  • Know the names of all your plants, both indoor and outdoor. Label each of your plants with the correct name before a toxic exposure occurs.
  • To help correctly identify a plant, take as much of the plant as possible as a specimen (leaf, stem and branch or berries) to a nursery, florist or cooperative exension site.
  • Pets, especially dogs, also eat plants.
  • Do not assume that a plant is not poisonous because pets or wildlife eat it.
  • Remove all mushrooms for your yard. Only trained experts can correctly idenitfy edible mushrooms.
  • If you know the name of a plant that is not on either of the lists below, call 1-800-222-1222 for information about whether it is poisonous.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222 if you think you have eaten a toxic plant.

Poisonous Plants
This page has descriptions and photos of the 20 or so plants that commonly are the cause of poisonings in Arizona

Nonpoisonous Plants
This page is a list of 20 plants common in Arizona that are safe to have around the home.

For a copy of our flier about Poisonous Plants

For information about plants and pets: Pets and Poison

For further information on the identification of plants you may contact:

For images and identification of Arizona weeds: UA Press



The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center is a public service funded by the state through the Arizona Department of Health Services. In the past two years, the state cut center funding by 50 percent. This significant reduction has made it difficult to maintain the high quality of service we have provided for more than 50 years. If you'd like to help, you may make on online donation through the University of Arizona Foundation.

Updated: Tuesday, 03 May 2011