Q. My daughter would like to speak to someone about poisonous plants for her school project please.
There are many plants that are considered to be toxic for humans or for animals to ingest. Not all of them grow in the same environment (for instance, some are tropical, some are desert plants). For that reason, they are not all in one place at a botanical garden, where plants are displayed in a setting that provides the conditions they need to grow successfully.
It is possible to see them on a visit to NYBG by doing a little research ahead of time. If your daughter creates a list of the plants that she is interested in seeing, you can check that list against the NYBG Garden Navigator. It will tell you whether the plant is in our collection and where it can be seen at the garden.
To get her started with a list of common poisonous houseplants, I recommend this guide from NYBG Plant Information. The ASPCA, NYC Health and The American Association of Poison Control Centers also offer advice on poisonous plants on their websites and can be contacted for additional information. We would also be happy to take any specific questions that she has on the subject. It would probably work best for her to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with her questions as our phone line is only in operation during school hours.
Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information