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Plants and mushrooms - Key symbols


Category 1 toxiscity/poisoning symbol

Category 1:

Extremely toxic, has been known to cause injury, permanent disability, and in some cases, death. Do not plant. Removal and disposal of existing plants is strongly recommended.

Category 2 toxiscity/poisoning symbol

Category 2:

Potentially toxic, depending on the level of exposure. Should not be grown in preschools, playgrounds, child care settings, and access should be restricted in homes with toddlers or young children (including homes where young children may visit, ie grandparents). Exclusion (such as fencing) from children's play areas is recommended. Parents and carers should supervise carefully.

Category 3 toxiscity/poisoning symbol

Category 3:

Irritant to skin or eyes from sap, prickles, spines or stinging hairs. Keep out of reach of toddlers and children. (Many common prickly or spiny plants now have non-spiny varieties available)

Category 4 toxiscity/poisoning symbol

Category 4:

Pollen or perfume from this plant can cause respiratory problems. Not an asthma friendly plant.

Last Updated: 01 October 2013
Last Reviewed: 01 October 2013