Are These Houseplants Poisonous?

Hi Judy,
Would you please be able to help me identify these plants? I bought them at our local Canadian Tire store on a whim and foolishly did not make sure the names of the plants were on them – it only says “Assorted Tropical”. They are for my classroom in daycare, so I really have to make sure they are not toxic!

Thanks! Erin

Hi Erin,


This is a Dracaena Lemon Lime. The ASPCA considers a Dracaena Lemon Lime a poisonous houseplant to dogs and cats because of the Saponins in the plant. A Dracaena Lemon Lime Plant is not considered poisonous to humans. I would still keep it way from children. Reade more about dracaena plants in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

This is a type of Pilea plant, the common name is an Aluminum plant. Aluminum plants (Pilea) are non- poisonous houseplants. Read more about Pilea plants at:

Green striped leaves on Chinese Evergreen plant

This is a type of Chinese Evergreen plant.Chinese evergreen plants are very poisonous with a #2 toxicity level due to the calcium oxalate crystals in the plant. Adverse reactions after contact with the sap include: skin irritations, irritation of mouth, lips, throat, and tongue if the leaves are eaten. Read more about a Chinese evergreen plant at: