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Common Poisonous Houseplant Species in Florida

EP639/ENH1375by Yuvraj Khamare and Chris MarbleOctober 13th, 2023Plants inside our homes, offices, or those used as part of a patio garden have been shown to create a relaxed, productive environment and to improve indoor air quality. Overall, they are efficient, low-cost, and sustainable. While houseplants are safe to grow and provide many benefits, some can be toxic if ingested accidentally, which could be a concern for those with pets or small children. This publication is intended to inform homeowners, home gardeners, pest management professionals, and other plant enthusiasts of some of the most common poisonous plant species used as houseplants in Florida. It should be noted that while photos are provided of each species, there are many variations of each plant described, which could have different foliage color, variegations, slightly different leaf shapes, or flower colors.

Common Poisonous Weed and Invasive Plant Species in Florida Residential Landscapes

EP631/ENH1367by Yuvraj Khamare and Chris MarbleDecember 13th, 2022This new 10-page publication of the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department is intended to inform home gardeners, pest management professionals, and other plant enthusiasts of some of the most common poisonous invasive plants or weed species common in home landscapes in Florida, with particular focus on species that could potentially cause harm if ingested. Written by Yuvraj Khamare and Chris Marble.

Creeping Indigo, A Poisonous Plant of Concern in Florida Pastures

AG399/SS-AGR-395by Robert MacKay, Ed Jennings, Brent Sellers, Jason Ferrell, and Amanda HouseFebruary 22nd, 2019

Identification and Control of Coral Ardisia (Ardisia crenata): A Potentially Poisonous Plant.

AG281/SS AGR 276by B. A. Sellers, S. F. Enloe, Patrick Minogue, and J. WalterApril 5th, 2018

The Green-Spore Poison Parasol Mushroom, Chlorophyllum molybdites

PP324/PP324 by Lisbeth Espinoza and Matthew E. SmithMarch 7th, 2019

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