Top 10 dangerous to human plants

It is difficult to imagine a cozy house or apartment without houseplants at all, because they appear on window sills and special stands, improve the appearance of the room, create a certain atmosphere of cleanliness and comfort.

Among the female, and the male population, many are fond of growing houseplants seriously, forcing the multicolored pots with fervently sticking leaves all free windows.

This is a very pleasant hobby that distracts from everyday worries, allows you to create something beautiful and even useful in your small home world, because indoor plants are also real healers: they absorb carbon dioxide and give us fresh oxygen!

Can cause trouble

But what to say, when you see a flowering plant, you always want to smile; in addition, they can emit pleasant aromas, as well as absorb most of the harmful radiation emitted by modern furniture and decoration materials.

In general, there is no doubt about the huge amount of beneficial properties of house plants, but not everyone knows that some of them are not so harmless,how we used to think about them, and some of them can even be dangerous for our health!

You might think that these are some rare exotic species that are rarely found at home, but this was not the case: most of them are very popular and every third person is standing on a windowsill.

Of course, frankly poisonous, from a single breath of which you can immediately fall dead, not among them, but there are those that can harm our health gradually, releasing toxins into the air. Most of these plants are dangerous if some of their parts are eaten or if the juice accidentally gets on the hands, eyes or nose.

Naturally, any adult and adequate person will not bite a sprig of a domestic flower, but children and domestic animals are at risk.

Sometimes even putting a pot with a dangerous flower higher is not the best solution, because its leaves or fruits may fall on the floor, and there it’s easier for a child or a cat to reach them. So, let's get acquainted with the top 10 most dangerous indoor plants that are not so rare in our home.

1. Family Kutrovyh

It is the representatives of this family that are considered the most dangerous, because any part of them is poisonous. The most famous and most poisonous among them is oleander, which is so often found on our windowsills. Its juice can cause serious burns of the mucous membrane of the eyes and mouth, so if you decide to transplant it, you must arm yourself with gloves and, in the literal sense, do not open the mouth.

Family Kutrovyh

The composition of these plants contains substances that adversely affect the work of the cardiovascular system, and when eating just one leaflet of the same oleander, soon there will be irreparable consequences of poisoning: nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, sometimes even hallucinations and cardiac arrest.

2. Lilies

These representatives of the family Liliainee are able to charm everyone with their beauty and sophistication, an amazing flower, sung by many poets, as it turned out, can have far from the most positive impact on a person.

That only costs one scent during flowering, which can cause dizziness, nausea and headaches, and parts of the plant itself can cause severe poisoning, as a result of which the kidneys suffer greatly.


There is no antidote from the poison of lilies, and the outcome can even be lethal, therefore, to grow such plants in homes where there are small children and animals is not recommended.

3. May Lily of the Valley

Another representative of the lily family, a cute and cheerful flower can be deadly for pets, especially its bright fruits are poisonous, which one would like to suck in the mouth, especially a small child, who is used to trying everything “to taste”.

May Lily of the Valley

4. Aroid family

The most popular among them are dieffenbachia, calla, alokaziya, monstera, anthurium, sauromatum and other representatives, as it turned out, can be very dangerous, and yet they are so popular with flower growers because of their bright foliage. In their composition, they contain substances that can cause severe swelling, irritation and skin burns.

Aroid family

5. Rhododendrons

Also very popular pets that are not safe for human health. The leaves of rhododendrons contain substances that can have a negative effect on the heart muscle: loss of coordination, a weakening of the heart rhythm, and in severe cases - death.


6. Crocuses

These cute spring colored flowers that “shoot” out of the soil with the arrival of the first warming, if they live outside, and with the first spring rays, if they are diluted at home, also contain deadly substances that have no known antidote. Crocus poisoning can cause heart palpitations, nausea, lower blood pressure, and in some cases - cardiac arrest.


7. Family Solanaceae

Especially popular among them - decorative pepper, nightshade (Jerusalem cherry), brunfelsia and others. All of them contain solanine - a life-threatening substance that can decompose red blood cells. Special attraction can cause colorful and juicy berries, which can not be eaten.

Solanaceae family

It is important to know that they can cause nausea and vomiting, severe headaches and drowsiness, and may even go to seizures, disorientation and coma. At the slightest suspicion of poisoning by such a plant, it is necessary, as soon as possible, to perform gastric lavage.

8. Ficus

Another popular plant from the mulberry family, in spite of the large number of its beneficial properties, disappoints the reverse side of the coin.


For most people, they are completely harmless, but the exception is allergy sufferers and especially sensitive individuals, in whom ficuses can cause serious health problems, including vomiting, bronchial asthma and indigestion.

9. Milkweed family

Known content of harmful substances euphorbine, which causes burns of mucous membranes and skin, and if you get the juice from the eye, you can not only get a severe burn, but also completely lose sight.

Milkweed family

10. Hypeastroma


Plants that boast large bell-shaped flowers, usually grown in offices or public organizations, such as kindergartens, are dangerous because of their poisonous bulbs. The leaves themselves do not pose a danger, but the plant must be transplanted exclusively with gloves.

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