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Plants and mushrooms

Always keep the nametags of new plants and find out the botanical name of existing plants in your house or garden. Common names are not reliable and may not identify a plant or it's toxicity. Consider removing any that are poisonous or ensure that children and pets cannot have access to them. Your local nursery or the Queensland Herbarium can help with identification of plants.

Always supervise children's play in the garden and teach children not to eat flowers, fruit and berries from garden plants.

Indoor plants can also cause poisoning. Avoid having indoor plants accessible to young children and be aware of indoor plants in other people's homes when visiting with small children. While small quantities of soil, potting mix and fertiliser beads are low in toxicity, there are many plants where even a mouthful quantity of leaves or berries can cause a poisoning.

Inspect your yard for mushrooms (sometimes called toadstools), especially after rain. Pick and dispose of them into the garbage before children are allowed outside. There are no effective chemical control agents to prevent mushrooms from growing after rain.

Never pick mushrooms for eating from fields or gardens. There is no easy way to identify which mushrooms or toadstools contain toxins and there have been many cases of unintentional poisoning from hand-gathered mushrooms served as part of a meal.

Visit the Plants and mushrooms poisonous to people in Queensland. This section of the website will help identify plants that shouldn't be grown (or at least kept behind a fence) if children or toddlers are going to play in that location.

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