Protecting your kids and pets from poisonous plants

Protecting your kids and pets from poisonous plants

Amarillo, TX -  Planting season is here again, but before you start working in your garden, there are some plants to warn you about.

The Texas Panhandle Poison Center say it is not unusual that every year, around Springtime, calls come in about children or pets eating plants that are sometimes toxic.

With more people working on their gardens and kids getting out of school, there is an increase in the number of children consuming poisonous plants.

Many popular plants that can withstand the panhandle heat are sometimes toxic, like Lantana.

"It's toxic. It's definitely one that you would want to watch out for with your pets and your children another one that is toxic is Fox Glove," Ronica Farrar with the Texas Panhandle Poison Center said.  "Fox Glove is very popular around here. This can be lethal. This is a very dangerous plant."

Tomato plants are another popular plant that can be poisonous. The center says all parts of it are poisonous except for the tomato, itself. Meanwhile, foods like garlic, onion and macadamia nuts can be safe for people, but not for pets.

For more information on which plants are toxic and non-toxic, click on the links attached.