Childcare Office

Poisonous plants

Any potentially dangerous plants and bulbs on the premises should be covered in your risk assessment taking into account:

  • The level of supervision required.
  • How children with allergies might be affected.
  • Restricted access to a ‘garden’ area.
  • Alerting parents to hazardous shrubs in the immediate vicinity of the setting.

The following is a list of some of England's most readily available, commonly grown plants which are very poisonous.

The list is not fully comprehensive.

Latin name(s) Common Name(s)
Aconitum Monkshood
Arum Arum Lily Lords and Ladies
Atropa beladonna Belladonna Deadly Nightshade
Brugmansia, Datura Datura Angels Trumpets
Colchium Autumn Crocus
Convallaria Lily of the Valley
Daphne Daphne
Dieffenbachia (a houseplant) Leopard Lily, Dumb Cane
Digitalis Foxglove
Euphorbia Spurge
Gloriosa superba (a conservatory/indoor plant) Glory Lily
Hedera Ivy
Helleborus Hellebore Lenten Roses
Laburnum Laburnum Golden Rain
Lantana Lantana
Nerium Oleander
Primula obconica The Poisonous Primula
Prunus laurocerasus Cherry Laurel
Ricinus communic Castor Oil Plant
Ruta Rue
Taxus Yew