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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

Originally posted: Sep 30, 2014
Last updated: Nov 2, 2018