Poisonous Plants in New Mexico

Poisonous plants can cause symptoms ranging from a mild stomachache to serious illness.  Poisonous plants are also a common cause of childhood poisonings.  This is why it is important to know the names of your household plants and whether they are considered poisonous.

The plants shown below are commonly found in New Mexico and are highly toxic For a more complete list of poisonous plants in New Mexico, download our Poisonous Plants in New Mexico brochure (pdf).

           foxglove              Jimson Weed             Oleander

                          Foxglove                                               Jimson Weed                                                   Oleander


Prevention Tips

  • Know your plants.  Ask your local garden center for help identifying plants in and around your home.
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  • Label your plants with their common and botanical names.
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  • Call the Poison Center to find out if a plant is poisonous.
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  • Keep all poisonous plants, bulbs, seeds, and plant foods where children and pets cannot reach them.
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  • Teach children not to put leaves, stems, bark, berries, seeds, nuts, or any other part of a plant into their mouths.
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  • Remove mushrooms from your yard on a regular basis.
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  • Teach children to never touch, taste, or eat an outdoor mushroom.
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  • Do not think that a plant or berry is safe to eat because an animal or bird eats it.
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  • Do not rely on cooking to destroy poisons in plants.
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  • Be careful when using plants as medicines or herbal drinks.

First Aid Tips

  • If any plant is eaten, take out what is left in the mouth and rinse with water.
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  • If skin is exposed to a toxic plant, wash with water and soap.  Remove all clothing that has come into contact with the plant.
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  • Call 1-800-222-1222 right away for treatment advice.  Do not wait for symptoms to appear!
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  • Call 911 if a person collapses, is not breathing, or is having seizures.
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