Discover her Myers Detox Protocol and enjoy freedom from fatigue and brain fog with heavy metal detox. The liquid from a damaged ivy plant can severely irritate the skin and cause dermatitis. Beautiful, hearty, and tough as nails, the cast iron plant. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 20, 2015: Hi, Patricia. It is surprising that many popular house plants are poisonous for people or pets. I appreciate your comment and the share very much! . It will be interesting to see what future research reveals! This hub is really awesome. I don't know how I missed your comment! It's sad that some beautiful plants are toxic! Alternative: Cast Iron Plant. Voted up. This is rarely a problem indoors, but outside plants must grow in full shade. Thankfully, they were all able to recover. The reported effects of the plant range from minor to serious. Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on July 13, 2014: WOW !! See why mineral balancing is so important?! Martie Coetser from South Africa on November 04, 2013: It is actually scary to know that many of the beautiful plants in our garden and home are poisonous. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 04, 2013: Thank you for describing your personal experience, agapsikap. When iron reaches toxic levels, it replaces vital minerals in the body, causing enzyme dysfunction. will do well under just about any conditions inside the home, and also makes for a great garden filler for the outside areas as well. What happens is that iron overload increases the dietary copper requirement of the animals and can lead to copper deficiency. The plant is attractive and doesn't require much attention, which is why it's popular in public areas such as shopping centers and offices. Tulips (genus Tulipa) are a popular, bulbiferous, spring-blooming flower of which there are over 3,000 varieties. Snake Plant Snake Plant. Additional Common Names: Bar Room Plant, Iron Plant, Variegated Cast Iron Plant. Despite its name, the peace lily, or spathe, isn't a true lily. Aspidistra elatior or the Cast Iron Plant belongs to the lily family and is native to China and Japan. Onion bulbs were collected from a school garden to add to soup that the children were making. Toxic Plants. Frequent contact with the skin can lead to dermatitis. nell. This is the reason why the peace lily was given its name. The plant is toxic for dogs and cats as well as people.The only indoor Angel plant that I know of is the Exotic Angel plant. Iron toxicity symptoms are regularly attributed to other conditions, or worse, simply overlooked during an effort to treat low blood iron or fatigue with iron supplements (5). Your Momma sounds like a wise woman! Fatalities have occurred from dieffenbachia poisoning, but they are very rare. They can be so different from one another that it's sometimes hard to believe they all belong to the same genus. Interesting and useful so thank you for sharing Alicia. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 31, 2020: Thanks for the comment, Sindis. An unidentified chemical in the plant causes kidney damage in the animals, which is often fatal. The calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) is native to Southern Africa. Jane introduces a plant that's practically indestructible "If you're looking for a plant that does well in a shady spot, this is the one for you. Always there'd be a furball or something nasty in the vomit. Iron toxicity occurs when high levels of the element are accumulated in the body,  leading to hemochromatosis. The health effects of a plant toxin depend on many factors, including: I love my pets and also enjoy having houseplants in my home. Thank you for the comment and the votes, My Cook Book. They should also be given milk to drink, and a poison control center should be contacted. Although they are classified as only mildly to moderately toxic, to a small child or pet, they can be extremely toxic. And cooking on a cast iron pan can … It’s sometimes kept as a houseplant. These chemicals can cause gastrointestinal discomfort as well as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in humans and pets, although the symptoms are much milder for humans. Some of … drbj and sherry from south Florida on November 08, 2013: We have most of these plants in the area of south Florida where I reside, Alicia, so I do appreciate learning about their potential poisonous effects. Like its relatives above, the peace lily contains calcium oxalate crystals and can produce unpleasant symptoms if accidentally ingested or if liquid from the plant contacts the skin. While it's only considered mildly poisonous, people with small children and pets in the household should still be careful with calla lilies. Thank you very much for the comment, the vote, the share and the pin! The leaves are usually heart-shaped with pointed tips. What's great is that unlike other ivy varieties, the Swedish ivy is safe for children, dogs, and cats. They are beautiful, but definitely don't want to get sick from them. The plant is also easy to care for and doesn't require much light or water. These plants can be easily propagated by division when you repot. It should be noted that even non-toxic plants can be irritating to the digestive tract if eaten in large amounts, however. So well done! Faith Reaper from southern USA on November 04, 2013: Thanks for this important information here. The Pastors and congregation seem to oblivious to this. The major concern when it comes to iron toxicity is that it can induce mild copper deficiency and produce cardiac disease in humans of all ages. Plants toxic to animals Safe plants (by common name) Safe plants (by scientific name) Toxic plants (by scientific name) worse with sunlight. Although the toxins can cause similar symptoms in cats and dogs, this isn't always the case. “Iron Overdose.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health. Although more vine-like than the peace lily, the wax plant (Hoya) produces round clusters of small, white, and fragrant flowers and is safe for both humans and pets. And I must admit I was not aware of this, although these are such common Indoor plants. However, it’s possible to get an acute iron poisoning from pure iron pills. A safer alternative that also features large, prominent leaves is the cast iron plant. long, pointed, course textured, leathery leaves that emerge directly from the soil. The glossy leaves and upright habit make this a good choice as a floor plant in a hallway or living room. January 2017. Answer: I’ve chosen to list some plants that are non-toxic to humans, dogs, and cats. Some contain compounds that can kill, even in small doses. Ingestion of the bulbs can cause symptoms similar to ingestion of hyacinth bulbs. Hardy to zone 7, cast iron plant is tough and versatile. All parts of a dieffenbachia contain raphides, which are needle-shaped crystals of calcium oxalate. Environmental Protection Agency. Known toxins in oleander include oleandrin, oleondroside, neriin, and digitoxigenin. Others contain substances that reduce performance, such as weight loss, weakness, rapid pulse and unthriftiness.Guide to plants poisonous to livestock: Conditions when the plant is most poisonous, symptoms of poisoning, animal-specific … Hi, Crafty. Water it or forget to water it, good light or poor light, warm room or cold room, the Cast Iron plant survives. Oleander poisoning is a medical emergency. English ivy (Hedera helix) is a climbing and trailing vine. Voted up (useful, interesting, awesome and beautiful for the pictures). Thanks for the comment. I appreciate your visit! Thanks for the vote and the share! The story of your pool surrounded by oleanders, young children and pets is frightening, as is your story about foxgloves! Some cast iron skillets have a rough, pebbly surface, but if you prefer a smooth cooking surface, the Smithey No. (14). These are some of the more common houseplants you should look out for if there are children, dogs, and/or cats in the house. They are really beautiful plant though they are poisonous. My cats are indoor and outdoor cats and I will be careful to watch this! Thanks for sharing. The danger of toxic metals in our environment is greatly aggravated due to low mineral content of our food supply, as well as the contamination of our food supply. Different types have different leaf patterns. Thanks for the great information. Iron Facts for Kids . Philodendrons are considered mildly to moderately toxic to children and pets. This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. NASA researchers have discovered that the snake plant and some other plants can remove volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) from the air. Ingestion can cause gastrointestinal problems. This is very important information, especially for people who have young children. A body that is well balanced will be one that is well protected from iron toxicity. Iron is corrosive to the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, which is why the first sign of iron poisoning through ingestion is stomach pain (13). Group, Dr.  Edward. Voted up and Sharing! In addition, people who frequently handle the bulbs may develop dermatitis, a condition in which the skin becomes inflamed, red, and itchy. Usually, the damage done by Dieffenbachia is unpleasant but not serious. Ironically, the carbs in these refined grains not only contribute to diabetes, but the iron build up in the liver is just as responsible for this growing epidemic. They have also been beautifully dubbed "angel wings". victorgrigas/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0. 2002 Jul;132(7):1860-4. In fact, heme iron is absorbed at a “relatively constant rate of about 23%” (2). Did You Know? The word "dieffenbachia" is used as both a genus name and a common name. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 05, 2013: Thank you for the visit and the comment, Bishop55! Once seasoned cast iron pans are somewhat naturally non stick, although not on the same scale as Teflon. Pothos (genus Epipremnum) is another popular houseplant. They are lovely to see and often improve the appearance of the home. The scientific name is important when considering whether a "lily" is toxic. whonu. The same thing with my calladium. The plant is toxic, however. The safety of a houseplant should be investigated before it's bought. Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 04, 2013: Very useful information provided by you! The Cast Iron plant doesn’t care. This may not be a problem in a home with only adults and older children. The risk is too great. One thing I found out when moving to Vegas is that the Sago palm is fatal for dogs even if they only ingest a small piece of it and rarely there is nothing a doctor can do to help. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub! Ingestion can cause stinging or burning of mouth and throat. This plant has the added benefit of being very low-maintenance; it can tolerate low lighting, humidity, and minimal watering. The African violet (Saintpaulia) is safe for children and pets and has beautiful, velvety flowers. The reported effects of the plant range from minor to serious. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 18, 2013: Thank you very much for the visit and the comment, vespawoolf. English ivy is an attractive plant, but in the wild, it can become invasive. You hubs are indeed exceptional stellar. Wendy is also the creator of the Mitochondria Detox , the only supplement kit on the market that helps you to remove toxic metals that cause fatigue. Houseplants Toxic to Cats. The plant is toxic for dogs and cats as well as people. While 20mg of iron per kilogram of body weight is considered toxic, 60mg … The spathe is uniquely shaped and has graceful curves that give it an elegant appearance. Take care, Kathi. There are two primary types of this iron toxicity disease: The threat of iron toxicity is a big issue, not only because of the long list of adverse health conditions it can cause, but also because it so often goes undiagnosed. I had variety of calladium plants before. First aid protocols are the same as for ingestion of dieffenbachias, caladiums, and philodendrons. If someone wants to make sure that they are buying a pothos instead of a philodendron, or the other way round, they should visit a nursery or garden store with knowledgeable and experienced staff. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 15, 2013: Thank you very much for the votes and the share, Deb! As mentioned previously, the severity also depends on how much is ingested. Some forms are absorbed more readily than others and some forms of iron are not absorbed at all! The inflorescence has a white or light green spathe and is borne on a stalk that extends above the rest of the plant, resembling flags of surrender or peace. It's possible that a species generally considered to be safe may not be so for everyone, especially for those who are sensitive to a particular chemical in the plant. Someone who wants to bring a snake plant into their home should consider its safety profile with respect to the individuals (both human and non-human) who live in the home instead of its possible effect on air pollution. Answer: The spider or ribbon plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is classified as non-toxic for dogs and cats by ASPCA. If a plant is known to be hazardous to humans, it may be toxic for animals as well. Thank you, Audrey. Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 17, 2018: Oh my. Leaves on the climbing stems have pointed lobes. Animals tend to eat larger amounts than humans so they may get sicker than humans from eating plants. It is ferric iron that our bodies cannot use, which just builds up in your body contributing to potential iron toxicity. Ingestion can cause fever-like symptoms, hallucinations, and convulsions. Someone with young children or pets can still enjoy the presence of houseplants. Let me give you the latest, most inspiring health tools available. And while low iron is certainly worthy of consideration and close monitoring, it’s important to know that iron toxicity in and of itself can be deadly. Thank you for the visit, Vacation Trip. Treatment by a medical professional is essential. After handling ivy, a person may find that their skin is itching, red, and blistered. Thanks for these rich information and photos .What about dwarf umbrela? It's important that everyone in the family knows about any dangers associated with plants brought into the home. The material on the Website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice, or as a substitute for the medical advice of a physician. Gardeners World Magazine from the BBC says that there have been “no toxic effects reported” for the plant in humans or animals. A Cast Iron plant, native to China, is an almost indestructible easy-care plant that survives where other houseplants quickly die. I have a landscaping class in my past, so I was aware that many plants contain toxic components, and of their potential danger as houseplants. This may contribute to many health conditions. Thanks for the visit. As such, a balanced diet rich in minerals is crucial to maintaining optimal health, as well as reduce the amount of iron that becomes concentrated in the body. I appreciate them both! Public transit is rarely suitable in an emergency. One of my three cats is a great climber. An antagonist is an element that can help to push or detox iron out of the body. Raphides cause stinging and burning sensations in the lips, mouth, tongue, and digestive tract. Voted UP and useful. The list of symptoms caused by oleander ingestion is long, but it can be broken down into categories based on the system affected. The plant is also one of the hardiest orchids. Yes, the number 333 does sound kind of special! It can also cause soft tissue to tear and become inflamed. The main difference can be noticed in mid-spring, when the flowers bloom. Biologists don't know everything about plants, however. The alarming, and even deadly, effects that toxic iron levels have on human health can be broken down into three primary categories. Eating the bulb can cause oral irritation, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. They are suitable for all hobs including induction. Thanks for the valuable information. “Iron toxicity: new conditions continue to emerge.” Department of Biology and Program in Medical Sciences, Indiana University. The Caladium is such a common plant to use in arrangements, will have to watch for this toxic effect around pets and children. English ivy sap can cause severe skin irritation, redness, and blistering. Other members of this genus are also sold as houseplants and can cause the same health problems. The plant alternatives listed as safe in this article are widely described as non-toxic by reputable sources. Like other plants in the Araceae family, caladiums contain raphides that cause symptoms similar to those of dieffenbachia poisoning. I found out about the Foxglove, as being so very dangerous, after I had already purchased some and a woman came up to me afterwards in the parking lot and asked me did I have small children, (I have grands) and I really did not want to believe her, but when I got home and looked it up, sure enough, very dangerous, and such beautiful flowers. Sharing and all. When this happens, all you may initially notice is some joint pain, fatigue, gut pain, memory fog, or an irregular heartbeat. Oxalates: The juice or sap of these plants contains oxalate crystals, which can cause skin irritations or more serious ailments like throat swelling, breathing difficulties, and stomach pain. I hope things are going as well as possible for you. Interesting and a very informative post. These are some of my favourite plants and flowers. It utilizes a hair mineral analysis to design a customized diet, supplement, lifestyle and detox program to detox heavy metals, improve the entire body’s energy level, reduce stress, and improve the metabolic rate of the body. Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. Thank you very much for the votes and the share, Faith. Other than being such an important material for making pans and skyscrapers, iron is also an essential dietary mineral. These cacti are notable for their flat cacti leaves and when flowering their red or white tubular flowers. Snake Plant or Mother-in Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata): This is another hardy plant which is safe for kids, but toxic for pets, so be careful of placement. About the Cast Iron Aspidistra. We all know that iron is an essential mineral for growth, development, and long-term survival. The body will store iron deep in the tissues, of the body, especially the liver, for long periods of time. 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Avoid planting lilies in indoor pots or having lily bouquets where your cat can access them. They are considered mildly poisonous to children and pets. in Articles/Detox/Myers Detox/Myers Detox Protocol Articles/Toxic Metals. Tulips also contain calcium oxalate. Cast Iron Plant. These effects can cause difficulties in speaking and breathing. Many different kinds of indoor plants are grown under the Exotic Angel label. The Cast Iron plant (Aspidistra Elatior) receives its common name for its ability to withstand neglect. Presently, humanity is exposed to the highest levels of toxic metals in recorded history, up to several thousand times higher than even several hundred years ago due to industrialization. Frequently Asked Questions About Cast Iron Plants. The wax plant, moth orchid, Barberton daisy, and African violet all produce beautiful, non-poisonous flowers that are safe for both pets and humans. It's good that you have an African violet, which is classified as non-toxic for cats. Its drought tolerant and does well for those not good with a watering schedule. Ingestion of the bulbs can cause mouth and throat irritation, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The calcium oxalate crystals cause the same irritating symptoms as dieffenbachias, caladiums, and philodendrons. In citrus, we have observed toxic level of iron beyond 350 mg per kg dry matter. They may be especially toxic for people that are sensitive or allergic to tulips. Their leaves are smaller than a dieffenbachia's, but they are non-toxic and are safe around pets and children. This is a marketing ploy used by food manufacturers to make you think they are ‘enriching’ flour for your health. While the gel inside an aloe can be used to alleviate sunburn on humans, chewing on the plant can expose dogs to toxins called anthraquinone glycosides, which can lead to upset stomachs, vomiting, and diarrhea. It’s not as flashy as other plants, but it makes up for it in ease of care. Blessings to you, too! Thank you for the comment, mythbuster. Our greatest exposure of iron is from enriched flours. @AliciaC thanks for the great read. The important thing to look for here is not just iron at its face value on your test, but also its relation to other minerals in the body. Non-toxic to cats, humans, and dogs you can safely grow them without fear of poisoning kitty! Although not as broad or showy as the dieffenbachia's, the cast-iron plant's leaves are long. Both are bulbous plants that produce flowers that are violet, white, or pink. Although the characteristic white spathe is irreplaceable, the African violet (Saintpaulia), moth orchid (Phalaenopsis), and Barberton Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) are all non-toxic and offer colorful and exotic flowers. . I would never buy plants that could harm my dogs or cats, but even so, I have a nice collection of indoor plants. Answer: The only indoor Angel plant that I know of is the Exotic Angel plant. If the intriguing patterns on the leaves are what you're after, then consider a variegated baby rubber plant (Peperomia obtusifolia) or a prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura). Again, although they aren't particularly poisonous for adults (a large amount of the plant needs to be eaten before symptoms appear), they can be very toxic for young children and pets. If cats eat plants, lilies could be a big problem. Thanks for writing this. It can lead to an array of life-threatening conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cognitive decline, thyroid trouble, liver failure and cancer. Such interesting information and beautiful photos. Cast iron plant: Aspidistra elatior: China Doll: Radermachera spp. Please can you put photos of those plants that are poisonous so that we may be aware of it. I'm very careful about what I bring into my home or garden, though, because I have cats and dogs in my family. It is the consequence of the intestine’s inability to keep out unneeded iron (10). 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