Poisonous plants and flowers to watch for in yards

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Last Updated: May 4, 2021

Identifying poisonous plants in a yard that may affect children and pets is something buyers should be aware of. Some common ones to watch for include ….

Angels Trumpets

Brugmansia are large shrubs or small trees, that have beautiful fragrant flowers; which resembles and are often called “Angels Trumpets.”

This plant is not only known for its beauty, but for its hallucinogenic effects. In some areas, high school kids and others will make hot tea from the plant and drink it for its hallucinogenic effects.

The flowers come in various shades of white, yellow, pink, orange, green, or red.

Mother-in-laws Tongue / also called the  Snake Plant

Sansevieria trifasciata, also called snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue or Saint George’s sword

Use Caution

Families with children and pregnant women should be aware of this plant and in general avoid contact. Consulting a botanist or a knowledgeable plant expert at a local nursery will usually provide good information on this plant.

Who to consult? Arborist, landscaper, and gardeners.

Many county and state web sites and governmental offices will have excellent information about poisonous plants in your area. Spend a little time researching these.

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I have a snake plant in my house, should I get rid of it because I have a dog.


I have a shrub/ tree in my finch aviary and I am not sure if it is toxic for the finches. Some of my young Star finches bit on the leaves and are now all showing signs of illness. Not sure if it is the tree, but they are the only ones showing signs of illness. Can I send you a picture of the tree to get clarity?

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