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Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

December 12, 2007
1:21 PM

Post #4287225

Thanks for the thorough first-hand experience. Lots of poisonous plant anecdotes are simply repetitions of what today are called urban myths, or at best misattributions of problems to what looks like the obvious colorful culprit.

Have you had any experience, or read any reports of animal (or people, for that matter) problems related to the pesticides applied to houseplants (holiday or otherwise)? That would be a great followup article as well.

I don't follow the tropical or houseplant forums; maybe this has been stated there before. As a much younger horticulturist (20 years ago) I was taught by mentors that Poinsettia was more dangerous (at that time) due to the granular surface-applied pesticide commonly used during plant production. That product had plenty of aspects that would cause havoc with mammals if ingested.

As you have expressed so well above, there are many more common items potentially more devastating to pets around the house than plants. Like loose string.


Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)

December 12, 2007
3:45 PM

Post #4287634

Great information Geoff! I was awaiting this article eagerly, it was timely and necessary.

good job!
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

December 12, 2007
9:13 PM

Post #4288585

Excellent article! Now I can tell my friends to relax and let the cats into the same room as the poinsettias... :-)

I hope you'll do an article at some point on common houseplants (like spider plants, pothos, wandering jew, english ivy as you just mentioned) and their toxicity -- maybe a top 10 list of ones we should actually watch out for. Is there a web site you could recommend for sensible advice on this topic? As you've said, there's a lot of scary exaggeration out there.

I'll definitely be sending the link to this article around to friends and family. Thanks!!


Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 12, 2007
9:43 PM

Post #4288686

That is a planned article, but not for a few months
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

December 13, 2007
3:19 AM

Post #4289535

Great article, thank you so much. My cats and I are very happy to have this information.
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

December 17, 2007
8:56 PM

Post #4304626

Great info Geoff! I especially liked the little note at the bottom indicating that there are so many other things to be watchful for around the holidays...tinsel was always our biggest problem...the cats just really seem to enjoy choking it down.

Thanks for the great read!

Happy Holidays!

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