Plants to Avoid: Oleander, Dumb Cane, Caladium
Oleander (pictured above) is a flowering shrub that grows well indoors, but it tops the list of poisonous plants; all parts of oleander (including its sap) can be fatal if ingested. If you are living without kids or pets, this pretty plant can be used decoratively, but we’d keep it out of the bedroom: No one needs to worry about bumping into it in the middle of the night. Caladium is another plant to steer clear of in the bedroom, especially if you have little humans or animals around. Along with being poisonous, it could provoke a reaction in those with sensitive skin. Finally, although chewing the leaves of a Dumb Cane sounds less than appealing to most of us, it’s another plant we won’t be picking up at the garden store. Symptoms of Dumb Cane poisoning include burning mouth or throat and damage to the cornea. While claims of its toxicity may be dramatized, there are simply too many other, less poisonous plants around for us to lay awake at night worrying about exposure.