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5 Beautiful Plants Unfit For Indoors: They Can Kill You!

Certain plants, though popular and stunningly beautiful, are toxic to humans and pets. They should not be kept indoors. Keep them in your outdoor garden or, if indoors, keep them at an unreachable height.

Shipra Singh
Indoor Plants

Plants usher in fresh breeze and beauty in our lives. Plants with beautiful flowers are irresistible. You may not think even once to bring them home. However, not all beautiful plants are meant to be kept indoors.  

Some plants, despite their beauty, are toxic to humans and pets; some others may trigger allergies. So, it’s best to keep them in your garden, not inside the house.  

Five highly popular and beautiful plants unfit for Indoors

Here are 5 plants that are highly popular and exceptionally beautiful, but not fit to be kept indoors. These are poisonous plants.  

1. Lily

Lily plants produce some of the most eye-catching flowers. You might be tempted to keep them home, as they can create a unique décor. And there is a variety of lilies found in nature.  

However, not all lilies are suitable for indoors. 

What it can do:  

They can upset your stomach, and induce vomiting, skin irritation, headache, and blurred vision. Lilies are poisonous to cats.  

Lilies that are unfit for indoors are: 

  • Tiger lily

  • Asian lily

  • Day lily

  • Easter lily

  • Calla lily

  • Rubrum lily

2. Caladium

It is popularly called Angel’s Wings or Elephant’s Ears. The leaves are stunningly beautiful with shades of red. Some varieties feature streaks of red or pink on leaves.  

They are so stunning to look at that you may hardly think they are toxic!  

What it can do:  

Even a small amount, if ingested, can lead to swelling and burning sensations in the mouth, tongue, lips, and throat. It can cause breathing problems. In severe cases, it can block respiration and cause death.  

So, in the case of this plant, beauty can kill, literally.  

This plant is better suited for outdoor gardens. If you have pets at home, avoid keeping this plant at all or keep it in such a way that your pets do not reach it.  

3. Oleander 

It is a beautiful plant with delicate pink flowers. You may find it in homes. Yet, it is a highly toxic plant! People don’t know and keep it in their homes.  

What it can do:  

Oleander can lead to dizziness, arrhythmia, and tremors in people. In pets, it can lead to vomiting, arrhythmia, and cold extremities. If ingested in large amounts, it can prove to be fatal.  


4. Philodendron 

Shocked, are you? Because this is such a popular houseplant that you may have never thought of this innocent and charming plant to be toxic.  

What it can do:  

The plant carries toxic calcium oxalate crystals. These can poison children, pets, and adults when ingested.  

If you have cats and dogs at home, please remove this plant or place it in such a manner that your pet does not reach it. The plant can create pain, seizures, and spasms in your pets – complete torture.  

In case you already have philodendron at home, do not remove it. Adjust it to a height so that your children and pets do not touch it. The plant is toxic only when ingested.  

5. English Ivy  

English Ivy is a popular plant, designed to purify the air. Many people may have kept it during the Coronavirus pandemic and may still prefer to keep it at home.  

This lush green plant creates a breathtaking sight when its vine spreads all over the wall.  

However, the plant is toxic. But only when ingested in huge amounts.  

What it can do:  

English Ivy is notorious for causing serious irritation on skin, burning in the mouth, fever, rash, and convulsions. The effects are pretty horrible.  

When pets munch on the leaves, it can make them gasp for breath, go weak or make them hyperactive, and make them suffer from diarrhea and vomiting. 

If you absolutely love this plant, do not remove it yet. Simply put it on a height so that it is out of reach of children and pets.  

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