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.
This page has descriptions and photos of the 20 or so plants that commonly are the cause of poisonings in Arizona
For further information on the identification of plants you may contact:
- A local plant nursery
- A local florist
- Your local Cooperative Extension Service
- For Pima County, Arizona - Call (520) 626-5161 or visit extension.arizona.edu/pima
- For other Arizona counties - extension.arizona.edu/
- For national list - www.nifa.usda.gov/Extension/
For images and identification of Arizona weeds: UA Press