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Certain plants can be harmful if you touch them or eat them. In some cases, the whole plant is harmful, while in other cases just part of the plant is harmful. For example, rhubarb stalk can be eaten, but the leaves are poisonous.
Young children sometimes put harmful plants in their mouths while exploring. Adults sometimes pick harmful plants to eat, thinking they are safe.
In addition, certain plants, such as poison ivy, produce harmful fumes if you burn them.
Below is a list of some common plants in New England that can be harmful to people or pets. This list is not complete. If you know what a plant is, you can call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222 to find out whether it may be poisonous.
Harmful outdoor plants
Harmful house plants
A poisonous plant may irritate the stomach or skin, or cause more serious symptoms, such as heart or breathing problems. You can find information on certain plants in our A to Z index, or contact the poison center for more information—call 1-800-222-1222, chat online or text POISON to 85511.
Last Updated: Friday March 23rd 2018