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5 Plants To Keep Away From Curious Kids

Don't let the young ones near these garden greens

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It's no surprise that kids are intrigued by everything around them—especially when you let them play outdoors, they tend to smell, touch or even taste whatever they can get their hands on. As much as we would love for them to explore freely, there are dangers lurking within the home that are invisible to the naked eye. Check out which green wonders you should keep away from your little ones below:

Arrowhead Plant

This green wonder belongs to the family of philodendron and quite easy to care for. However, once it starts to appear busy, begins climbing stems or starts shedding leaves, it's time to move it somewhere out of reach. These dry and fallen leaves can cause irritated skin or vomiting when accidentally ingested by kids. 

Barberry

While the leaves and its fruit are harmless, the stems of the Barberry shrub are thorns galore. Keep it nestled among taller plants to keep the kids from reaching for it and getting their little fingers pricked. 

Caladiums

Commonly known as Elephant's Ears or Angel's Wings, caladiums have long-lasting foliage usually used for outdoor landscaping. However, although it can add a beautiful pop of color to the garden, it can cause painful burning or swelling of the mouth and difficulty breathing or speaking once ingested. 

Lantana

These bright clusters of petite blooms may be easy on the eyes, but its foliage and berries have been said to be toxic to both people and pets. Some have also experienced irritation and rashes by handling these plants. 

Tulips

Simlar to Lantana, tulips can make a space look extra bright and cheerful. However, it can be poisonous as it contains toxic glycosides that may cause dizziness, abdominal pain, and even convulsions. Without the proper first-aid treatment, it can even be fatal to both kids and pets. 

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