Plantscaping Expert, Dale Crable answers tough questions about your favorite houseplants.
TOXIC HOUSE PLANTS: THE BAD & THE GOOD
Santa Cruz Sentinel Article
Let's start with the definition of toxic; “capable of causing injury or death especially by chemical means.” The classifications of toxicity are emergency, highly dangerous, and dangerous. The amount of ingestion plays a part as well.
The Araceae family, classified dangerous, contains many interior plants commonly in use. Schefflera, Dieffenbachia (dumb cane), Philodendrons, Aglaonemas (chinese evergreen), Anthurium, Nepthytis, Spathiphyllum, florist Calla Lily.
The good news is with this particular irritant; the plant causes pain upon chewing and therefore animals rarely eat enough to cause damage
Motivation for chewing on plants can involve boredom, stress or nutritional problems. Consult you veterinarian if you have concerns.
A solution of Tabasco or red chili pepper and water sprayed on the leaves of plants is a good deterrent for pets and insects.