Poisonous Parts

Angel's trumpet Azalea Baneberry Belladonna Black cherry

Black locust Black snakeroot Buckeye

Datura suaveolens Rhododendron spp. Actaea spp. Atropa belladonna Prunus serotina

Robinia pseudo-acacia Zigadenus spp. Aesculus spp.

Caladium Carolina jessamine Castor bean Chinaberry Daphne

Death angel (Fly agaric) Death camas (see Black snakeroot) Destroying angel Dieffenbachia (Dumb cane) Duranta

Dutchman's breeches English ivy False hellebore Foxglove Gloriosa lily Golden chain

Caladium spp. Gelsemium sempervirens Ricinus communis Mela azedarach Daphne mezereum Amantia muscaria

Jequirity bean

Jimson weed


Lily of the valley





Mountain laurel



Oleander Poison hemlock Poke

Rhododendron (see Azalea)

Amanita verna Dieffenbachia spp. Duranta repens Dicentra cucullaria Hedera helix Veratrum spp. Digitalis purpurea

Gloriosa superba and other Gloriosa spp. Laburnum anagyroides Abrus precatorius

Datura stramonium and other Datura spp.

Lantana camara

Convallaria majalis

Lobelia spp.

Phoradendron spp.

Aconitum spp.

Menispermum canadense

Kalmia latifolia

Many genera and species, especially Amanita spp. Solanum spp.

Nerium oleander Conium maculatum Phytolacca americana

All parts, especially seeds and leaves Leaves and flowers (however, poisoning is rare) Berries and roots

All parts, especially fruits and roots

Bark, seeds, leaves (Caution: Seeds of most cherries, plums, and peaches contain a poisonous principle)

Seeds, leaves, inner bark Bulbs

Seeds, shoots, flowers, leaves, roots; even the honey that bees make from buckeye flowers is poisonous All parts

All parts; even visiting honey bees can be poisoned


Fruits and leaves All parts

All parts (as little as one bite can be fatal)

All parts (as little as one bite can be fatal) All parts Berries All parts

Berries and leaves All parts All parts

All parts (especially tubers) Seeds and flowers


All parts, especially seeds

Unripe fruits

All parts

All parts


All parts


Leaves, shoots, flowers All parts

Unripened fruits (Caution: A poisonous principle is produced in common potato [Solanum tuberosum] tubers exposed to light long enough for the skins to turn green or greenish)

All parts All parts

Roots and mature stems

Stern-Jansky-Bidlack: Introductory Plant Biology, Ninth Edition


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