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Poisonous Plants
Poisonous Plants


  • Know the name of the plants in your home and in your yard. Label all of your plants. If you are having difficulty identifying a plant, take a sample to a nursery for identification.

  • Teach your children not to eat leaves and berries that grow in the yard. Do not assume a plant is safe to eat if you see wild animals eating it.

  • Teach your children not to eat mushrooms growing in the yard. Some of these mushrooms can be poisonous. Be aware that mushrooms are abundant after rainy weather.

  • Keep poisonous plants out of reach of children and pets.

  • Keep children and pets away from plants that have recently been sprayed with weed killer, bug killer or fertilizer.

  • If you need more information about plants in your area or would like a list of poisonous and non-poisonous plants, contact the California Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

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