Apologies to those five or so readers to whom I owe e-mails. You're on the list, and I'm working on it, but, well, I've mentioned that I'm busy, right?
This particular flower is both a freak and a rescue. I bought it last September from Lowe's, because it looked like it was basically fine except for having been drowned (this being, apparently, the only thing that Lowe's knows to do to a plant). Brought it home, cleaned off the roots as best as I could, repotted it in good new soil, and then watched as about 2/3 of the plant died. But it's come back.
I think it's maybe still a little traumatized, though:
I've seen double spathes before, on Anthurium as well as Spathiphyllum, but I think double spadixes (spadices?) is a first for me.
I give the plant points for at least trying to meet me halfway: it's clearly not quite got it together yet, but hey, it's trying. Maybe the next flower will be normal.
Or maybe it won't. I suppose it would be cool if I had a plant that always produced a double spadix.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Apologies to those five or so readers to whom I owe e-mails. You're on the list, and I'm working on it, but, well, I've mentioned that I'm busy, right?
Friday, May 1, 2009
I'm not a big fan of change, but if things are going to be changing anyway, then we may as well do all of it at once. (This is otherwise known as "As long as the noose is around my neck, I may as well jump off the horse" logic.)
The husband and I applied for a marriage license yesterday, though we are not going to be going forward with the actual ceremony immediately, because certain house-related things work out more neatly if we don't get married until after I'm done with my job. But this is kind of close enough for now anyway. Our apartment manager, who was also our real estate agent, graciously agreed (on really short notice) to serve as our witness1 for the application, and consequently is so totally getting a houseplant or a flower arrangement or something.2
The date is also significant.
On April 30, 1997, twelve years ago, a few minutes after the end of the much-hyped "Ellen" episode where Ellen officially came out as gay (even though everybody knew for like, months before, and were sick of hearing about it already by the time it aired), I called my parents and told them I am gay. This wasn't because I was especially bonded to Ellen DeGeneres or anything: I like her, and I had watched the show, which was funny enough as sitcoms went, but it wasn't like I felt that if Ellen was coming out then I had to as well. It was more just, it had been increasingly difficult to talk to Mom and Dad about anything that was going on in my life around that time: among other things, I'd just gotten back from an abortive 64-day move to DC, involving an ex who I'd not been entirely willing to think of as "ex" yet,3 and although I talked to Mom on the phone a lot, at least weekly, not being able to acknowledge the nature of our relationship -- or, increasingly, any of my other relationships -- made for some awkwardness.
They took it better than anticipated, though it'd be a stretch to say they took it well. I was kind of a wreck before and after also, as far as that goes. Which is another story, for another time. The point being, that was the date. At that time, there was a little bit of talk about gay marriage in Hawaii, possibly, enough to scare people into passing Defense of Marriage Acts all over the place,4 but nobody seriously believed that it would be legal anytime soon.
So there's been a lot of change already, I guess is my point. Fairly recently, a CBS poll showed a jump of nine percentage points in one month of respondents who favored full marriage equality, to 42% of the U.S. population, and an ABC poll this week came up with an even higher number, 49%. That would basically have been unthinkable to me twelve years ago: my expectation was that when I did get married, it would have to be a ceremony with no legal significance, and it'd be regarded as weird at best, offensive at worst. Instead, it looks like we're going to get the legal significance without the ceremony, and most people won't really give a crap. Which would be delightful.
By the way: the recorder who helped us with the application said that Monday (the first day same-sex couples could marry in Iowa) was pretty crazy for them, and Tuesday was nearly as bad, Wednesday was pretty slow, and then Thursday would have been slow except that everybody from Monday was coming back to pick up their licenses. We didn't see any other couples when we were there. She also said that they had sixteen or seventeen (I forget which) couples coming up from Missouri on a bus tomorrow to get married. Apparently then they'll go back to Missouri and say they're married and gin up a court case or two when they find some people in Missouri who don't recognize this. It's unfortunate that lawmakers don't seem particularly interested in considering the constitutionality of laws when they're making them, that everything has to go through this process of being challenged and sorted out, but better that than have legislators passing any old law that flits through their heads. That would be terrible.
I have an aunt and uncle who will be doing everything in their power (which is not very extensive, but still) to prevent the Missouri people's marriages from being recognized: I wish the various couples luck.
The actual official marriage will probably be in June, though I dislike the idea of having a June wedding (just 'cause everybody else does it: November or December are more my months, but that's a long time to wait). That's when my job will be over. It'll probably be really low-key and anticlimactic, but that's okay.
We do have some concerns, still, about moving to a small town (and by small, I mean small: under 1200 people). We'd really rather not be everybody's first married gay couple. I feel enough like a target as it is.5
So that's the last of the bombshells. Getting the marriage license was mostly just surreal. We'll be back to plant-related content tomorrow, though after all this it's going to seem awfully trivial, I'm afraid.
1 Amusingly, the Iowa marriage application calls this role "Competent and Disinterested Person," rather than the clearer but less precise "witness." I would love to have a competent and disinterested person around at all times.
2 Why her? Well, it turns out that there are not actually very many people who know both of us in the area, and even fewer who would conceivably be available on short notice to do something like this, for one thing, and for another thing, she has a gay brother in Vermont, who is I believe civil-unioned there and who will (one assumes) be getting married in September when Vermont starts doing that. So we were guessing that she's basically okay with the general concept. According to her husband, who I spoke to for a little bit this afternoon, she and her brother were sort of bragging on their respective states for being the third state to legalize (Iowa) or the first state to legalize legislatively, rather than judicially (Vermont), so one supposes participation in a gay wedding gives her more points from which to argue, or something. She didn't say, and we didn't really talk about it: she had other things to do.
3 The DC period was a miserable time, though the misery wasn't because of the ex. Culture shock, undiagnosed clinical depression (I'm pretty sure.), graduating college without any kind of plan for what to do next, a week of the flu, and various other things, but not really the ex so much.
4 Which I'd never known exactly what the DOMAs actually said until today: they're apparently primarily there to ensure that the states with DOMAs don't have to honor same-sex marriages performed in other states, even if they were legal in those other states. Some states have actually gone further and pre-emptively banned civil union sorts of arrangements as well. At this point, there's a law or constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in every state except New Mexico (hasn't passed anything one way or the other), Iowa/Connecticut/Massachusetts (have full marriage equality), Vermont (will have full marriage equality as of September), New York, DC, and Rhode Island (will honor marriages performed elsewhere), and New Jersey (has civil unions). Every other state prohibits SSM to some degree or another, though several states (WA, OR, CA, CO, HI, MD, NH, ME) have one set of laws approving some form of same-sex partnership and one set banning, simultaneously, which will need to be worked out at some point in the near future.
5 Not that people in small towns in Iowa can't also be perfectly accepting and friendly and everything else, or that big city folk are always live-and-let-live about everything: I've met one Iowa City resident who looked like your run of the mill sweet little old lady, but had a personality that could strip the paint off the walls, set the paint chips on fire, and then turn the ashes to poisonous snakes. It's just that small-towns are sort of known for everybody being all up in everybody else's business, and this is kind of a weird thing to walk into deliberately, given the circumstances.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Second bombshell (of three) for the week, and probably the one my readers will find most surprising: I'm quitting my job. I told the boss on April 23rd. I'm going to be working through at least May 23, and then probably off for a week, and then maybe I'll be back one or two days per week through the middle of June or something. A lot depends on how horrible moving is, and how out-of-control life is feeling by late May.
I have mixed feelings about this, though overall I think it's more good than bad. If nothing else, I'm not sure my poor body would be able to handle another summer of this. I mean, we know the heat is an issue, and that time of year is getting closer. There are a lot of other reasons why this seems like the thing to do now. Some of the reasons sound better (or at least normaler) than others.
I've been kicking around various plant-related ideas for What To Do Next: I couldn't really become a wholesaler (startup costs are prohibitive), but in theory there's nothing stopping me from propagating plants on my own and selling them. The town to which we're moving is rumored to be starting up a Farmers' Market this summer, and many of the towns in the area have Farmers' Markets of their own, so that could be a source of income, in theory. Failing that, maybe EBay or something. I don't know. I've also been told a few times that I should look into writing, either for magazines or getting a book proposal together, which just as soon as I find out how and what one proposes to a book I will totally do that. Writing, at least, seems like a pretty duh kind of avenue to pursue, since I was doing that anyway.
The husband should be able to cover us financially, BTW, especially since the house payment is going to be about half of what we were paying in rent. I mean, we'd be giving some stuff up by not having the extra income, but since one of the things we'd be giving up are heat exhaustion and back-breaking labor, it seems worth it to me.
This, like with the move, is also going to have repercussions for the blog, because (in theory) there will eventually be vastly more time available for writing and researching and photographing. I've been feeling guilty for quite a while now about not keeping up better with everybody else's blogs, so this might give me the chance to comment on other people's posts and link to other people's blogs and so forth.
The down side is that I'll have a much smaller pool of plants available for pictures. I mean, obviously I'll go back to my current employer from time to time, 'cause it's still the best source around for plants I might want to buy (though -- will it still have a selection perfectly tailored to my whims and needs if I'm not the one putting together the orders anymore? Probably not.), but I'm not going to be able to go back and spend hours looking around for photographable stuff. At least not daily. (Not that I do that now, but I do spend hours around the plants, and sometimes photographable stuff appears.) And also I'll have less inside information to share about what working in a garden center is like, or possibly I'll still have the information but it won't be as immediate to me, so I won't find it as interesting, or whatever. But that's maybe okay, right?
I feel very weird announcing this, in a number of ways but mostly because this is something of a risk, and I'm not ordinarily someone who likes to take risks. (Though staying at the job was not without its risks, either.) Doing it anyway, but it feels weird.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Yesterday the husband closed on a house in another town (not Iowa City, though relatively nearby), which we will be moving into at some point. I've never owned a house before,1 which was, I thought, a pretty good reason not to be into outdoor plants, so now we're going to find out if I really think tropical plants are superior, or if I was only saying that because I couldn't have any temperate-zone plants.
Obviously the blog is going to suffer a little bit in the short term; although the husband has already rented a storage unit in said town, and has been moving stuff into it for about a month now (he's a glass-half-full kind of person; he's thought the deal was going to go through for a lot longer than I have), there's an awful lot to move, and of course I've been busy enough with work and the plants and the blog and whatever else it is I do, so my stuff is a lot less, er, dealt with than his.
Exactly how much the blog is going to suffer is yet to be determined; I'll let you know.
As for the gardening: as best as I can tell (I've only actually seen the place once, and that was at night), the yard is mostly sun. It's basically a long thin strip that extends west from the house. There's a tree at the far end, and there will be a fence on the north and south sides of the property, but there's not really anything else for shade.
I've already bought some plants for the yard (The glass is occasionally half-full for me, too -- particularly when optimism means I can buy plants): so far we have a whole flat of Portulaca grandiflora 'Tequila Mix' (moss rose), because it's the best annual ever,2 a Lantana camara 'Rose Glow Improved,' because I have positive associations with it now, a smallish pot of strawberries (Fragaria 'Fort Laramie'),3 a Sempervivum 'Red Beauty,'4 Lysimachia 'Goldilocks,' and I have some 'Quarterback' coleus5 from last spring that I kept as a houseplant, as well as brand-new-this-year 'Kingswood Torch,' 'Glennis,' 'Peter Wonder,' 'Splish Splash,' and possibly others I'm failing to remember. I like coleus. The coleus won't necessarily end up outside. In fact, I have no idea what I'm going to be doing with most of this stuff. To begin with, I'm just buying the plants I like, and we'll see how that goes, and we'll worry about having some kind of coherent plan next year. This year, we're just trying out the outdoor gardening thing to see if it's any fun. I've been told it is, but I remain skeptical.
There are perennials I like too (Lysimachia is supposed to be a perennial here.), but I don't know any of them terribly well, and most of the ones I do know somewhat and like okay are shade-lovers that I don't think will work that well for this situation. Shrubs I know basically not at all, and trees are not a good idea, I think, because we may want to put up a greenhouse in the back someday, and planting trees and shading the whole back yard could make a greenhouse kinda useless. Also it's not that big of a yard anyway.
I'd also really like to find something for the lawn besides grass. I mean, the grass that's there already is fine and all, but mowing, weeding, spraying, watering, etc. all seem like really dumb ways to spend one's time. I hear there are other things that can be used instead, but I've seen very little about what, specifically, or how one goes about replacing grass. Anybody know any good references?
Pictures of house and lawn to follow . . . when I get around to it. The husband reports that there are Hostas.
1 Technically, I still don't, since the whole deal has gone through under the husband's name, but I think he's going to let me live there anyway.
2 So long as the rabbits don't eat it, which Kim tells me they like to do. I believe her exact words were "rabbit candy." Worrisome, but I'm still going to try.
3 (We had NOID strawberries in the back yard when I was a kid. I went ahead and bought the 'Fort Laramies' already because it looked like we were in danger of selling out of strawberries before the house thing went through. Strawberries are all but flying out the door this year.)
4 My good grandmother had Sempervivums outside her front door. (Like some people, I had a good grandmother and an evil grandmother, both of whom were into plants. Evil grandma went for ornamentals, irises and clematis and snapdragons and tulips and so forth, with only a few vegetables. Good grandma had less time on her hands, so she went more for vegetables, with only a few ornamentals. Both of them had houseplants: evil grandma probably deserves most of the credit -- or blame -- for my interest in them. By most measures, I take more after evil grandma than after good grandma.)
5 (Solenostemon scutellarioides)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
A bit of a palate cleanser to follow the plant toxicity series. (Yes, I know I did something different yesterday: my palate still doesn't feel cleansed, okay?) In the next week or so, there should be some personal announcements from me that are going to necessitate some changing around of . . . you know, things, and so I don't feel like getting into another major post right away. Also I just finished a major post, which also makes me not feel like getting into another major post right away.
We've had Calatheas bloom at work before, though they've been different kinds of flowers in the past (stiff, orangish, on thicker stalks), and they don't happen very often.
I tried to get a close-up picture, but none of them turned out particularly well.
Monday, April 27, 2009
It's transmitted-light photo time again! This particular batch rocks much harder than usual.
(The previous transmitted light posts can be found here.)
Sunday, April 26, 2009
According to Foreward Magazine's review of the new (as yet unreleased) Amy Stewart book, Wicked Plants, the book will contain the sentence,
"Some of the most popular houseplants are surprisingly toxic."So perhaps there will be houseplant content after all. If true, this would please me.
If you have landed on this page because you are concerned about a child or pet who has eaten a plant, seek emergency medical help.Second appendix to the seven-part-and-two-appendix houseplant toxicity series. (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6) (Part 7) (Appendix 1)
In the U.S., you can call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 (for children), the ASPCA at 1-888-426-4435 (for pets; $60 consultation fee applies), or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680 (pets; $35 fee applies).
This is the index for the Houseplant Toxicity Series of posts. If you have reached this page first in a Google search or whatever, I recommend that you find the plant on this list and then follow the link to get more specific information about that plant. If the plant's botanical name is highlighted, that means that it was the subject of a plant profile here at PATSP, in which case you can also click the plant's name and find out care information, trivia, and so forth.
Toxicity ratings are more or less decided as follows:
Crazy super dangerous: is highly toxic, and has either resulted in repeated human or pet fatalities, or is for whatever reason thought to be very likely to do so.
Dangerous : Fatalities are rare or nonexistent, but the plant is still capable of causing serious and possibly permanent injury requiring hospitalization, extreme pain, temporary disability, or something along those lines. Dangerous plants may make you want to die, but you probably won't actually die. Though the possibility is theoretically there.
Potentially dangerous: This designation is for plants which are probably capable of causing harm and maybe even death, but you'd have to eat your body weight in the plant for that to happen, or it's impossible to find any actual case reports, or etc. Potentially dangerous plants will probably be more risky for pets than people.
Unpleasant : The plant is not likely to kill you, or even to result in serious injury, but it may be capable of causing vomiting, bad skin or eye irritation, diarrhea, burning, itching, or other bad things, and you don't want to eat it on purpose. This is also the designation for plants which are otherwise safe but bear thorns or spines that could puncture the mouth or digestive tract.
Safe : Should be safe in most quantities and for most people/animals, though exceptions may exist.
Unknown : I couldn't find enough good information to decide one way or the other, or I found the information but it conflicted with other information. I did make a guess as to the level of risk on the page for unknown-toxicity plants, but this is only a (semi-educated) guess and I am almost certainly really wrong on one or more of the plants therein.
I know the formatting on this page needs some work (EDIT: Some of the problem is that Google changed how Blogger pages are formatted in the spring of 2012.), and that it's hard to read as it stands. I did the best I could. Putting together a draft of this index took me a good three hours to begin with; I didn't really have the patience to spend time fiddling with the formatting too.
Abutilon hybridum (flowering maple) [Unpleasant – link]
Acalypha hispida (chenille plant) [Unpleasant – link]
Acalypha reptans (dwarf chenille plant) [Unpleasant – link]
Adenium obesum (desert rose, mock azalea) [Crazy super dangerous – link]
Adiantum spp. (maidenhair fern) [Unknown – link]
Adromischus spp. [Potentially dangerous – link]
Aechmea fasciata (silver vase plant) [Safe – link]
Aeschynanthus lobbianus (lipstick plant) [Safe – link]
Aeschynanthus speciosus (goldfish plant) [Safe – link]
Agapanthus orientalis (blue African lily) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Agave spp. (century plant) (A. victoriae-reginae) [Dangerous – link]
Aglaonema spp. (Chinese evergreen) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Albuca bracteata (pregnant onion) [Dangerous – link]
Allamanda cathartica [Potentially dangerous – link]
Aloe spp. including A. vera (medicinal aloe) Alworthia 'Black Gem' [Potentially dangerous – link]
Alpinia zerumbet (shell ginger, variegated ginger) [Unpleasant – link]
Alternanthera spp. (A. dentata 'Purple Knight') [Safe – link]
Amaryllis spp. (amaryllis) [Dangerous – link]
Ananas comosus (pineapple) [Unpleasant – link]
Anthurium spp. including A. andraeanum (flamingo flower, oilcloth flower, tailflower) and the various hybrids (bird's-nest anthurium, e.g.) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Aphelandra squarrosa (zebra plant, saffron spike) [Safe – link]
Araucaria bidwillii (bunya-bunya) [Unpleasant – link]
Araucaria heterophylla (Norfolk Island pine) [Unpleasant – link]
Ardisia crenata (coral berry) [Unknown – link]
Ardisia elliptica (shoebutton tree) [Unknown – link]
Asparagus spp. (asparagus ferns) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Aspidistra lurida, A. elatior (cast-iron plant) [Unknown – link]
Asplenium nidus, A. antiquum (birdsnest fern, Japanese birdsnest fern) [Unknown – link]
Asplundia 'Jungle Drum' [Unknown – link]
Aucuba japonica (Japanese laurel, spotted laurel) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Beaucarnea recurvata (ponytail palm) [Safe – link]
Begonia spp. (wax begonia, tuberous begonia, rex begonia) [Safe – link]
Bougainvillea spp. (bougainvillea) [Unpleasant – link]
Bowiea volubilis (climbing onion) [Dangerous – link]
Brassolaeliocattleya cvv. [Safe – link]
Brugmansia spp. (angel's trumpets, tree datura) [Crazy super dangerous – link]
Caladium cvv. (angel wings, heart of Jesus, elephant's ear) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Calathea spp. including Calathea ornata [Safe – link]
Capsicum annuum (chili pepper, bell pepper, etc.) [Unpleasant – link]
Caryota mitis and other Caryota spp. (fishtail palm) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Cattleya spp. [Safe – link]
Cereus peruvianus [Unknown – link]
Ceropegia woodii (rosary vine, string of hearts) [Unknown – link]
Cestrum diurnum (day-blooming jessamine, day-blooming cestrum) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Cestrum nocturnum (night-blooming jasmine, night-blooming jessamine) [Dangerous – link]
Chamaedorea elegans (parlor palm) [Safe – link]
Chamaedorea metallica (metallica palm, miniature fishtail palm) [Safe – link]
Chamedorea seifrizii (bamboo palm) [Safe – link]
Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant, airplane plant, mala madre) [Unknown – link]
Chlorophytum x 'Fire Flash' (Fire Flash, mandarin plant, green orange) [Unknown – link]
Chrysalidocarpus lutescens (areca palm) [Safe – link]
Chrysanthemum spp. (mum) [Unpleasant – link]
Cissus quadrangularis [Unpleasant – link]
Cissus rhombifolia (grape ivy, oakleaf ivy) [Safe – link]
Citrus spp. (lemon, lime, orange) [Safe – link]
Clivia miniata (kaffir lily) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Codiaeum variegatum (croton) [Unpleasant – link]
Coffea arabica (coffee tree) [Safe – link]
Colocasia spp. (elephant ear, taro) [Crazy super dangerous – link]
Columnea spp. [Safe – link]
Cordyline fruticosa (ti plant) [Safe – link]
Cotelydon spp. [Potentially dangerous – link]
Crassula ovata (jade plant) [Safe – link]
Cryptanthus spp. (earth star) [Unpleasant – link]
Cryptostegia madagascariensis (Madagascar rubber vine) [Dangerous – link]
Ctenanthe spp. (never-never plant) [Safe – link]
Cuphea ignea (cigar flower) [Unpleasant – link]
Cycas revoluta and other Cycas spp. (sago palm) [Dangerous – link]
Cyclamen persicum (cyclamen) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Cyrtomium falcatum (holly fern) [Unknown – link]
Dahlia spp. [Unpleasant – link]
Datura spp. (devil's trumpet, jimson weed, sacred thorn apple) [Crazy super dangerous – link]
Davallia spp. (rabbit's-foot fern) [Unknown – link]
Dendrobium spp. [Safe – link]
Dieffenbachia spp. (dumb cane) [Dangerous – link]
Dionaea muscipula (venus flytrap) [Unknown – link]
Dizygotheca elegantissima (false aralia) [Unpleasant – link]
Dracaena deremensis cvv. ('Janet Craig') ('Warneckei') [Potentially dangerous – link]
Dracaena fragrans ('Massangeana') (corn plant) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Dracaena surculosa (sometimes D. godseffiana; gold-dust dracaena) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Dracaena marginata (Madagascar dragon tree) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Dracaena sanderiana (ribbon plant, lucky bamboo) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Echeveria spp. [Unknown – link]
Ensete spp. (ornamental? banana) [Safe – link]
Epipremnum aureum (pothos, devil's ivy) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Episcia spp. (flame violet) [Safe – link]
Eucharis grandiflora (amazon lily) [Unknown – link]
Euphorbia bougheyi variegata [Dangerous – link]
Euphorbia cooperi [Dangerous – link]
Euphorbia drupifera (giraffe tree) [Dangerous – link]
Euphorbia grandicornis (cow horns) [Dangerous – link]
Euphorbia lactea (candelabra cactus, dragon bones, hat-rack cactus) [Dangerous – link]
Euphorbia milii (crown of thorns) [Dangerous – link]
Euphorbia pseudocactus [Dangerous – link]
Euphorbia pulcherrima (poinsettia) [Unpleasant – details in appendix 1]
Euphorbia tirucalli (pencil cactus) [Dangerous – link]
Euphorbia trigona (African milk bush, African milk tree) [Dangerous – link]
Exacum affine (persian violet) [Unknown – link]
Fatshedera lizei (tree ivy) [Unknown – link]
Fatsia japonica [Unknown – link]
Fenestraria rhopalophylla [Unknown – link]
Ficus benjamina (weeping fig, "ficus tree") [Unpleasant – link]
Ficus elastica (rubber plant) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Ficus lyrata (fiddle-leaf fig) [Unpleasant – link]
Ficus maclellandii (long-leaf fig, alii fig, 'Alii,' 'Alli,' 'Amstel King') [Unpleasant – link]
Ficus microcarpa / nitida / retusa (Indian laurel) [Unpleasant – link]
Ficus pumila (creeping fig) [Unpleasant – link]
Fittonia albivenis (nerve plant, mosaic plant) [Safe – link]
Fuchsia spp. [Safe – link]
Gardenia jasminoides (gardenia, cape jasmine) [Safe – link]
Gasteria spp. [Unknown – link]
Gibasis geniculata (Tahitian bridal veil) [Safe – link]
Gloriosa superba (glory lily, climbing lily, gloriosa lily) [Crazy super dangerous – link]
Grevillea robusta (silk oak) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Guzmania lingulata (scarlet star bromeliad) [Safe – link]
Gynura aurantiaca (purple passion vine, purple velvet plant) [Safe – link]
Ludisia discolor (jewel orchid) [Safe – link]
Hatiora salicornioides (drunkard's dream) [Unknown – link]
Haworthia spp. [Safe – link]
Hedera canariensis (Algerian ivy) [Dangerous – link]
Hedera helix (English ivy) [Dangerous – link]
Hemigraphis exotica (waffle plant) [Unknown – link]
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (tropical hibiscus) [Safe – link]
Hippeastrum spp. (amaryllis) [Dangerous – link]
Homalomena cvv. ('Emerald Gem') [Potentially dangerous – link]
Hoya spp. (H. carnosa) (wax flower) [Safe – link]
Hyacinthus orientalis (hyacinth) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Hydrangea macrophylla (hydrangea) [Dangerous – link]
Hylocereus undatus (dragon fruit cactus) [Unknown – link]
Hypoestes phyllostachya (pink polka-dot plant) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Jatropha spp. (jicamilla, physic nut, bellyache bush, coral plant, etc.) [Crazy super dangerous – link]
Kalanchoe spp. (including K. beharensis, K. luciae, K. tomentosa, K. blossfeldiana, etc., as well as the former Kalanchoe now called Bryophyllum daigremontianum) [Unpleasant – link]
Lantana camara (lantana) [Crazy super dangerous – link]
Laurus nobilis (bay leaf, laurel) [Safe – link]
Ledebouria socialis (silver squill) [Dangerous – link]
Lilium longiflorum (Easter lily) [Dangerous – link]
Lithops spp. (living stones) [Safe – link]
Mandevilla spp. (Dipladenia) [Dangerous – link]
Maranta leuconeura erythroneura (prayer plant) [Safe – link]
Maranta leuconeura kerchoviana (prayer plant, rabbit tracks, ten commandments plant) [Safe – link]
Mimosa pudica (sensitive plant) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Monadenium ellenbeckii (and probably other Monadenium spp.) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Monstera deliciosa (split-leaf philodendron, swiss cheese plant) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Murraya paniculata (mock orange, orange jasmine) [Unknown – link]
Musa spp. (banana) [Safe – link]
Nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo) [Dangerous – link]
Narcissus spp. (daffodil, narcissus, paper-white) [Dangerous – link]
Nematanthus spp. (guppy plant) [Safe – link]
Neoregelia cvv. in general (by association) [Unpleasant – link]
Neoregelia 'Fireball' specifically (by association) [Safe – link]
Nephrolepis exaltata (Boston fern) [Safe – link]
Nerium oleander (oleander) [Crazy super dangerous – link]
Oncidium cvv. (by association) [Safe – link]
Ophiopogon spp. (lilyturf, Liriope) [Unknown – link]
Opuntia spp. (bunny ears cactus, prickly pear) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Ornithogalum spp. (pregnant onion, star of Bethlehem) [Dangerous – link]
Oxalis spp. (shamrock) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Pachypodium geayi / lamerei (Madagascar palm) [Dangerous – link]
Pandanus spp. (screw pine) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Paphiopedilum spp. (lady-slipper orchid) [Safe – link]
Pedilanthus tithymaloides (redbird cactus, devil's backbone) [Dangerous – link]
Pelargonium x hortorum (geranium) [Unpleasant – link]
Pellionia spp. including Pellionia pulchra [Safe – link]
Peperomia argyreia (watermelon plant) [Safe – link]
Peperomia caperata / P. griseoargentea (Emerald Ripple) [Safe – link]
Peperomia obtusifolia (baby rubber plant) [Safe – link]
Persea americana (avocado) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Phalaenopsis spp. (moth orchid) [Safe – link]
Philodendron 'Autumn' [Dangerous – link]
Philodendron bipennifolium (also P. panduraeforme; (fiddle-leaf philodendron, horse head philodendron) [Dangerous – link]
Philodendron 'Imperial Red' [Dangerous – link]
Philodendron 'Congo Green' [Dangerous – link]
Philodendron 'Congo Red' [Dangerous – link]
Philodendron gloriosum [Dangerous – link]
Philodendron hastatum [Dangerous – link]
Philodendron hederaceum (also P. oxycardium, P. cordatum, P. scandens, P. micans; velvet philodendron, heart-leaf philodendron, 'Brasil') [Dangerous – link]
Philodendron 'Moonlight' [Dangerous – link]
Philodendron 'Pink Princess' [Dangerous – link]
Philodendron 'Prince of Orange' [Dangerous – link]
Philodendron selloum (P. bipinnatifidum; tree philodendron) [Dangerous – link]
Philodendron 'Xanadu' [Dangerous – link]
Pilea cadierei (aluminum plant) [Safe – link]
Pilea depressa (baby toes) [Safe – link]
Pilea nummulariifolia (creeping Charlie) [Safe – link]
Platycerium bifurcatum and other Platycerium spp. (staghorn fern) [Unknown – link]
Plectranthus verticillatus (Swedish ivy) [Safe – link]
Plumeria spp. (frangipani) [Crazy super dangerous – link]
Podocarpus macrophyllus (buddhist pine) [Unknown – link]
Polyscias balfouriana (balfour aralia), P. crispata, P. fruticosa (ming aralia) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Primula spp. (primrose, oxlip) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Radermachera sinica (China doll) [Unknown – link]
Rhapis excelsa (lady palm) (by association) [Safe – link]
Rhododendron spp. (azalea) [Crazy super dangerous – link]
Ricinus communis (castor bean) [Crazy super dangerous – link]
Saintpaulia ionantha cvv. (African violet) [Safe – link]
Sansevieria cylindrica, other Sansevieria spp. [Potentially dangerous – link]
Sansevieria trifasciata (snake plant, mother-in-law's tongue) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Saxifraga stolonifera (strawberry begonia) [Safe – link]
Schefflera actinophylla (umbrella tree, octopus tree) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Schefflera arboricola (umbrella tree, octopus tree, arboricola) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Schlumbergera truncata cvv. (Christmas / Easter / Thanksgiving / holiday cactus) [Safe – link]
Scilla spp. (squill, star hyacinth) [Dangerous – link]
Scindapsus pictus (satin pothos) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Sedum morganianum (burro's tail) [Unpleasant – link]
Sedum rubrotinctum (jellybean plant) [Unpleasant – link]
Other Sedum spp. (stonecrop) [Unpleasant – link]
Selaginella spp. (spikemoss, resurrection plant, rainbow fern) [Unknown – link]
Sempervivum spp. (hen and chicks, houseleek, stonecrop) [Unpleasant – link]
Senecio cineraria (dusty miller) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Senecio macroglossus (cape ivy) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Senecio mikanioides (German ivy) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Senecio radicans (string of bananas) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Senecio rowleyanus (string of beads) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Senecio x hybridus (cineraria) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Sinningia speciosa (gloxinia) [Safe – link]
Solanum pseudocapsicum (Jerusalem cherry) [Dangerous – link]
Soleirolia soleirolii (baby tears) [Safe – link]
Solenostemon scutellarioides (coleus, flame nettle) [Unpleasant – link]
Spathiphyllum spp. (peace lily) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Strelitzia reginae / nicolai (bird of paradise) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Streptocarpus spp. (cape primrose) [Safe – link]
Stromanthe spp. (by association) [Safe – link]
Synadenium grantii (African milk bush, African milk tree) [Dangerous – link]
Syngonium podophyllum [Potentially dangerous – link]
Tagetes spp. (French marigold, African marigold) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Tillandsia cyanea (pink quill) [Safe – link]
Tillandsia spp. (air plants) [Safe – link]
Tolmiea menziesii (piggyback plant) [Safe – link]
Tradescantia pallida (Setcreasea purpurea; purple heart, purple queen) [Unpleasant – link]
Tradescantia spathacea (Moses in the cradle, oyster plant) [Unpleasant – link]
Tradescantia zebrina (Zebrina pendula; wandering Jew) [Unpleasant – link]
Tropaeolum majus (nasturtium) [Safe – link]
Tulipa spp. (tulip) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Tylecodon spp. [Potentially dangerous – link]
Vriesea spp. including Vriesea splendens (flaming sword bromeliad) [Safe – link]
Yucca guatemalensis (spineless yucca) [Unpleasant – link]
Zamia spp. including Z. furfuracea, Z. integrifolia, Z. pumila (coontie palm, cardboard palm) [Dangerous – link]
Zamioculcas zamiifolia (ZZ plant, fat boy, eternity plant) [Potentially dangerous – link]
Zantedeschia aethiopica (calla lily) [Dangerous – link]
Zygocactus spp. (Christmas / Easter / Thanksgiving / holiday cactus) [Safe – link]
(Partial) Bibliography (for the whole series of posts):
Nelson, Lewis S., Richard D. Shih, and Michael J. Balick. Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants, 2nd ed., Springer Science + Business Media, New York, NY, 2007.
Spoerke, David G., Jr., and Susan Smolinske. Toxicity of Houseplants, CRC Press, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, 1990.