Those of some varieties are green bordered by yellow, as shown in the photos in this article. She would tell us girls which ones to watch out for for our safety and the safety of our many animals. nell. The cactus is also easy to care for. Weinberg ED. Caladiums and Dieffenbachia in particular seem to grow in abundance around here because of their beauty as outdoor plants. This is because a study conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, found that “people with iron overload may benefit from copper supplementation, particularly if they habitually consume a diet low in copper” (14). poisonous. Iron toxicity symptoms are regularly attributed to other conditions, or worse, simply overlooked during an effort to treat low blood iron or fatigue with iron supplements (5). Hoffman Center Staff. This is why I believe iron, perhaps more than any other metal, needs mineral balancing! If you have red stains around your drains, you have iron in your body. In fact, it is far more common and more dangerous than many people imagine. They are often arranged in pairs or whorls on the stem. It's possible that a species generally considered to be safe may not be so for everyone, especially for those who are sensitive to a particular chemical in the plant. In fact, heme iron is absorbed at a “relatively constant rate of about 23%” (2). Iron toxicity occurs when high levels of the element are accumulated in the body,  leading to hemochromatosis. We all know that iron is an essential mineral for growth, development, and long-term survival. Minor toxicity: Ingestion may cause minor illnesses such as vomiting or diarrhea. While many common houseplants are safe, some are poisonous for people and/or pets. The replacement weakens these tissues, such as the arteries, joints, bones, and muscles. “Effects of contaminated soils from a former iron mine (Ait Amar, Morocco) on enchytraeids (Enchytraeus bigeminus) and predatory mites (Hypoaspis aculeifer) in standard laboratory tests.”. Although the characteristic white spathe is irreplaceable, the African violet (Saintpaulia), moth orchid (Phalaenopsis), and Barberton Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) are all non-toxic and offer colorful and exotic flowers. Another great job, thanks for the education. Yes, it can be a problem when very young children want to put things in their mouth! Some forms are absorbed more readily than others and some forms of iron are not absorbed at all! Thanks for the comment. Voted up and across, shared here and on FB and pinned! Jane introduces a plant that's practically indestructible "If you're looking for a plant that does well in a shady spot, this is the one for you. Nell Rose from England on November 05, 2013: Hi alicia, this is so important, and something I hadn't even thought about until recently. ... Six Cats Two Humans/Facebook. 3, 1988. Thank you, Audrey. While the gel inside an aloe can be used to alleviate sunburn on humans, chewing on the plant can expose dogs to toxins called anthraquinone glycosides, which can lead to upset stomachs, vomiting, and diarrhea. I hope things are going as well as possible for you. The word iron is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘iron’ which means metal. Cast-iron plants. For more poisonous and non-poisonous plants, check out the resources at the end of this article. I see some beautiful plants listed here and I have some of them around the home. Such interesting information and beautiful photos. Alicia, you always give the best for us. They are beautiful, but definitely don't want to get sick from them. Avoid placing your cast iron plant in very cold temperatures. Iron seeps its way into our water from naturally occurring geological sources. Now let’s consider your cookware: the acidic nature of some foods like tomato products make them likely to leach iron from your iron pots, pans, and skillets (5). It will be interesting to see what future research reveals! He likes to nibble the leaves of my indoor plants occasionally, too, if he can reach them! The information provided is compiled from the "Know Your Plants -- Safe or Poisonous?" Aspidistra elatior (cast iron plant) ... (Euphorbia pulcherrima) listed on some databases of plants that are toxic to pets. is it poison?Unfortunetly I have horsehead philodendron in door .I have grandchildren so I have to get rid of it. The cast iron plant isn’t toxic to humans or to animals, including dogs, cats or horses. The wax plant, moth orchid, Barberton daisy, and African violet all produce beautiful, non-poisonous flowers that are safe for both pets and humans. As always, thanks for the visit and the comment. Unfortunately, most other ornamental house plants with large leaves are also poisonous to humans and/or pets. Interesting question. Faith Reaper from southern USA on November 04, 2013: Thanks for this important information here. Thanks for the visit. Hemochromatosis is an iron storage disease that occurs when there is an overload of iron in the body. The scientific name is important when considering whether a "lily" is toxic. Thank you so much for the kind comment, the votes and all the shares, DzyMsLizzy!! Many of the adverse health conditions caused by iron toxicity can be reversed through rigorous detoxing. Our best decorating and DIY ideas delivered to your inbox. Angel’s Trumpet – Datura spp. Thankfully, they were all able to recover. Each year over 100,000 people in the United States call mushroom exposures. Alicia, you always give the best for us. It wasn't until my brother told me it was poisonous did I even think about it? Adding more iron to your food is a potential positive side effect of iron utensils. If someone wants to make sure that they are buying a pothos instead of a philodendron, or the other way round, they should visit a nursery or garden store with knowledgeable and experienced staff. Thank you very much for such a kind comment, Martie! Non-toxic to cats, humans, and dogs you can safely grow them without fear of poisoning kitty! You hubs are indeed exceptional stellar. Avoid planting lilies in indoor pots or having lily bouquets where your cat can access them. Raphides cause stinging and burning sensations in the lips, mouth, tongue, and digestive tract. I will keep this bookmarked for future reference. She loves to study nature and write about living things. Iron overload, however, is deadly. Once a very popular houseplant, it was a common feature of many a Victorian hallway. The hands and eyes of the injured person must also be washed if these body parts have contacted the poison. … Take care, Kathi. Historical information, necessarily, is not current and is provided for your reference only. Older leaves that rapidly become yellow are a clear sign of over-watering, usually caused by too little light with other symptoms include mouldy or heavy soil, stunted growth and a rotten base. If someone is unconscious or unable to swallow, they must never be given anything by mouth. Ingestion of the bulbs can cause mouth and throat irritation, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Especially since, in the case of iron, deficiencies and overloads can lead to serious health consequences. Martie Coetser from South Africa on November 04, 2013: It is actually scary to know that many of the beautiful plants in our garden and home are poisonous. The cast-iron plant is great for those of us who have black thumbs. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 15, 2014: Thank you very much, Kathi! Thanks! .I noticed you have 333 hubs and a perfect score! It's only mildly poisonous, which is good news for people who would like to bring this beautiful plant into their home. Gardeners World Magazine from the BBC says that there have been “no toxic effects reported” for the plant in humans or animals. Philodendrons have a wide variety of interesting leaf shapes and color patterns. Although they are classified as only mildly to moderately toxic, to a small child or pet, they can be extremely toxic. Different types have different leaf patterns. Many of the adverse physical health conditions caused by iron toxicity are a direct result of these deficiencies (5). I’ve always wanted to do a hair mineral analysis and when I met Wendy I knew it was time. You agree that it is your responsibility to monitor changes to our Website. Our greatest exposure of iron is from enriched flours. Plant stores generally don't warn people about the problems that an indoor plant can cause. Destruction of the tall, strap-leaved plant is near impossible. Iron accumulates in the organs, often iron-storing organs like the liver, and damages the tissues. Houseplants Toxic to Cats. “Iron Overdose.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health. I don't have any indoors, but I have oodles of them in my landscape. Ingestion of the bulbs can cause symptoms similar to ingestion of hyacinth bulbs. Other than being such an important material for making pans and skyscrapers, iron is also an essential dietary mineral. This is why if your body is not getting enough zinc, copper, B6, manganese, and the other nutrients it needs, it will simply absorb more and more iron to supplement what’s missing. These chemicals can cause gastrointestinal discomfort as well as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in humans and pets, although the symptoms are much milder for humans. Iron toxicity is serious. are mildly poisonous to dogs and cats if ingested or touched. January 2017. Indoor plants are a wonderful addition to a home and have many benefits. good for you! Yes, education about a plant's potential dangers would be a good idea! The stems are thick and resemble canes. The plant can also cause very serious internal problems, although generally many leaves must be eaten to cause these effects. Non-Toxicity: Non-Toxic to Dogs, Non-Toxic to Cats, Non-Toxic to Horses. Someone who wants to bring a snake plant into their home should consider its safety profile with respect to the individuals (both human and non-human) who live in the home instead of its possible effect on air pollution. In addition, some humans and animals have a sensitivity to the effects of a particular plant that other individuals lack. There is no easy “test” for knowing which plants are poisonous. Martin Kloess from San Francisco on November 04, 2013: Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 03, 2013: It doesn't sound stupid at all, Bill! True lilies are not toxic to humans, but they are toxic to pets. If a cat has had access to lilies, however, lily poisoning must always be considered as a cause of the symptoms. However, it’s possible to get an acute iron poisoning from pure iron pills. This does not mean to go out and start taking copper. Although this species can do well in darker locations, the frequency of irrigations must be reduced to counteract the chance of root rot. I had no idea that those pretty peace lilies with such a lovely sounding name are poisonous. Acid enhances the absorption of iron into the body. Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 04, 2013: Very useful information provided by you! Kathi from Saugatuck Michigan on January 15, 2014: Alicia, I was aware of house plant poisoning, but what I never knew was that lilies are poisonous to cats! Thank you for the visit and the comment, whonu. The liquid from a damaged ivy plant can severely irritate the skin and cause dermatitis. This is called The Cast Iron Plant … It also gets in through the corrosion of both our distribution systems and household plumbing. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 08, 2013: Hi, drbj. One thing that really scares me is the lack of publicity about the dangers of lilies for cats. Metals can often do the same jobs as minerals. I'm glad that you have a garden. Preventing lily poisoning is much easier than treating it. The toxins are present in all parts of the plant. The spathe is uniquely shaped and has graceful curves that give it an elegant appearance. “Iron toxicity: new conditions continue to emerge.” Department of Biology and Program in Medical Sciences, Indiana University. D “The Nutritional Relationships of Iron.” Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Vol. Learn how to detox it by reading more below! They are really beautiful plant though they are poisonous. Besides what is listed above, dangerous iron toxicity can also happen quite quickly when patients overcompensate their iron intake with iron pills. The body will store iron deep in the tissues, of the body, especially the liver, for long periods of time. Thank you very much for the comment, Martin. Thanks for the great article I have shared with other moms too. Question: What are some indoor plants that are not poisonous? Thank you very much for the comment, the vote, the share and the pin! The reported effects of the plant range from minor to serious. - Audrey. prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 06, 2013: Very informative hub. A small of number common garden plants are more toxic and could cause severe poisoning (see plant list below) Contact hazard. Your first hair test may not reveal an iron problem. CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on November 04, 2013: Interesting hub Alicia. Cast Iron Plant (Bar Room Plant, Iron Plant, Variegated Cast Iron Plant) | Scientific Names: Aspidistra elatior | Family: Liliaceae Cat Brier (China Root, Ti-hu-ling, Shiny Leaf Smilax) | Scientific Names: Smilax glabra | Family: Liliaceae @AliciaC thanks for the great read. Albretsen, Jay DVM, PhD, DABT, DABVT. Iron is a vital mineral in the human body. The major concern when it comes to iron toxicity is that it can induce mild copper deficiency and produce cardiac disease in humans of all ages. Eating hyacinth bulbs produces the same symptoms as eating daffodil bulbs. Poisonous plants are actually harmful for us and our pets, although it's possible that they may have some hidden health benefits, too. The largest quantities of non-heme iron can be found in grains such as rice, wheat, and oats (3). Discover her Myers Detox Protocol and enjoy freedom from fatigue and brain fog with heavy metal detox. So, it takes time to remove it completely. Toxic metals may also replace other substances in other tissue structures. Pothos (genus Epipremnum) is another popular houseplant. “Iron Overload – A Disease of Civilization.” The Center for Development. Cast iron plant: Aspidistra elatior: China Doll: Radermachera spp. The requirement of higher concentrations of iron (Fe) to the plant may be due to involvement of Fe in various metabolic pathways and formation of iron-phosphate complex. The plant is toxic for dogs and cats as well as people.The only indoor Angel plant that I know of is the Exotic Angel plant. However, the Spruce advises placing it in the semi-shade or bright light (but not in the direct sun). Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 17, 2018: Oh my. One thing I found out when moving to Vegas is that the Sago palm is fatal for dogs even if they only ingest a small piece of it and rarely there is nothing a doctor can do to help. Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants; Cast Iron Plant. Frequent contact with the bulbs can lead to dermatitis—particularly in people with sensitive skin. Unfortunately, the dwarf umbrella tree (Schefflera arboricola) is one of the plants containing calcium oxalate crystals and is toxic. Thank you very much for the votes and the share, Faith. This plant is perfect for those whose thumb is far from green. Depending on what you're going for, good choices for intriguing leaf patterns are the baby rubber plant and prayer plant—both of which are safe for children, dogs, and cats. Voted UP and useful. Awesome, up and sharing for safety reasons. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 06, 2013: Thank you very much for the comment and all the votes, Prasetio!! Thank you for the great hub. The list of symptoms caused by oleander ingestion is long, but it can be broken down into categories based on the system affected. I found a glass shelf for my violet for the bathroom because there is a sunny window in there. It’s time to restore balance to your body with Myers Detox Protocol! For instance, think of when you drink a glass of orange or coffee juice with your breakfast. If a plant is known to be hazardous to humans, it may be toxic for animals as well. Thanks for the vote and the share, Thelma. Cast iron and carbon steel pans are very similar in their makeup and kitchen use, so potential health concerns from cast iron pans also apply to carbon steel pans, which are also known as “blue steel” or “black steel” pans. Always there'd be a furball or something nasty in the vomit. Answer: The only indoor Angel plant that I know of is the Exotic Angel plant. “Supplemental zinc lowers measures of iron status in young women with low iron reserves.” J Nutr. The plant alternatives listed as safe in this article are widely described as non-toxic by reputable sources. You could even be doing everything right for your health and be at high risk for this health-wrecking threat known as iron toxicity. Somehow, a daffodil bulb became mixed with the onion bulbs. It transports oxygen to the body’s tissues via hemoglobin. They feel leathery, are dark green in color, and have a shiny surface with prominent veins. This means that although the plant is apparently safe, it hasn't been proven to be harmless. People who frequently handle the bulbs are most susceptible to the dermatitis. long, pointed, course textured, leathery leaves that emerge directly from the soil. I happen to have a great outdoor green thumb. It's sad that some beautiful plants are toxic! It absolutely astounds me that more doctors aren’t giving iron overload the attention it deserves, including many holistic practitioners. These are some of the more common houseplants you should look out for if there are children, dogs, and/or cats in the house. (14). Yes, I agree - many people seem to think that anything that's natural must be safer than anything that's artificial! The discomfort in the mouth may be severe and last for days. (Excerpted from St. John’s Wort: Nature’s Blues Buster). Answer: The spider or ribbon plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is classified as non-toxic for dogs and cats by ASPCA. Did You Know? Likewise, the information provided by Myers Detox’s Health Coaches and NES Health Bioenergetics Coaches is informational purposes only, is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or the State of California.You should consult your physician before: beginning any program, exercise, body awareness techniques, or meditation; changing your diet; taking any nutritional or herbal supplement; or using any information provided by Myers Detox or any of Myers Detox’s Health Coaches or NES Health Bio energetics Coaches.While we endeavor to provide accurate and current information on our Website, there may be information on our Website that contains typographical errors, inaccuracies, or omissions that may relate to product descriptions, pricing, promotions, offers, product shipping charges, transit times, and availability. It is very scary that we're not warned about the dangers of some plants when we buy them! Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on November 15, 2013: This was a perfect time for this article, right around the holidays, when plants and flowers tend to be given to friends and loved ones. One of the things tested for in blood work is plasma ferritin. First aid protocols are similar to that in dieffenbachia and caladium poisoning. The plant is toxic for dogs and cats as well as people. It is so readily absorbed that it’s considered the best source of iron for those suffering from iron deficiency. Iron toxicity can occur during the whole growth cycle of a plant. Unfortunately, they are toxic. Daffodil, hyacinth, and tulip bulbs are all considered poisonous. See why it’s so important to keep all of your minerals properly balanced? There are many different species in the genus Philodendron, and many of these are kept as indoor plants. One of the jobs of ferritin is that it stores iron in a non-toxic form, ready to be transported and deposited in a safe form when it is required. This hardy plant … long-term overconsumption of this metallic element. A blood test is also a great way to measure your iron levels. I appreciate them both! However, you've gone over and above with such in-depth and detailed explanations, and marvelous photos! The reported effects of the plant range from minor to serious. English ivy (Hedera helix) is a climbing and trailing vine. This plant has the added benefit of being very low-maintenance; it can tolerate low lighting, humidity, and minimal watering. Devil's ivy (Epipremnum aureum), or money plant, is considered mildly to moderately toxic to children, dogs, and cats. Their leaves are smaller than a dieffenbachia's, but they are non-toxic and are safe around pets and children. If you are getting marigolds, make sure they are from the genus Calendula and do some research to be safe. Do I need to avoid direct sunlight when positioning Cast Iron plants? (all parts toxic, except ripe fruit) Amaryllis – Amaryllis spp. Hoping all is well with you. The Cast Iron plant doesn’t care. Treatment by a medical professional is essential. The leaves are beautiful and may become very large, prompting the moniker "elephant ear"—a name that is applied to several other plants as well. An unidentified chemical in the plant causes kidney damage in the animals, which is often fatal. Myers Detox Protocol is utilizes over 20 different methods at once to remove iron and ALL toxic metals safely and deeply, while replenishing the minerals your body needs. While it's only considered mildly poisonous, people with small children and pets in the household should still be careful with calla lilies. The calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) is native to Southern Africa. Cast iron takes a lot of abuse and is very flexible in its use. There cannot be one toxic limit of chromium and iron. Analytical Research Laboratories, Inc. “Iron Toxicity.”. About the Cast Iron Aspidistra. All pet owners should know where their nearest animal emergency clinic is located as well as the hours when the clinic is open. Iron also raises Na (Sodium) levels. If you're looking for non-poisonous hanging plants, consider the baby rubber plant, Swedish ivy, prayer plant, or the succulent alternative: donkey's tail or burro's tail. It's an evergreen vine that trails over the edge of its container. It seemed she knew how to cure her bad tummy, by making herself sick.. You have done a good service by writing this hub. They have a variety of leaf colors and patterns; some have solid green leaves, while some have variegated leaves. When investigating possible iron toxicity, we first perform a hair mineral analysis and then review the results. Like other plants in the Araceae family, caladiums contain raphides that cause symptoms similar to those of dieffenbachia poisoning. It’s a hearty plant that can withstand irregular watering, low humidity, temperature changes, and low-light. The pipes used in the aforementioned systems are widely made up of iron-based materials, including galvanized steel and cast iron (4). Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on November 04, 2013: Hi Linda. I think that Caladiums are beautiful plants! The important thing to look for here is not just iron at its face value on your test, but also its relation to other minerals in the body. Researchers believe that a dieffenbachia contains other toxins in addition to calcium oxalate. Some people have even been known to die from an overdose of iron (11)! Onion bulbs were collected from a school garden to add to soup that the children were making. I appreciate your visit and comment. I raised the shelf higher so he can't reach it now. 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