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Plants in Head Start/Eearly Head Start


Poisonous plants are not allowed in areas where participants may spend time during their HS/EHS day.


  1. Any plant at a center must have the name of the plant clearly labeled on the container.  No plants known to be poisonous (see list below) are acceptable for placement at any sites.
  2. If staff do not know if a plant is toxic, they should consult with either a local green house or the Ohio State University Extension Service.
  3. Poisonous plants found at outdoor areas that are used, but not owned, by NOCAC will be made inaccessible to the children and families.
  4. NOCAC staff will integrate poison prevention into lessons, letting children know that plants can be poisonous and never eat any part of a plant, including berries or seeds, unless told it is okay by a trusted adult.
  5. If someone is exposed to a poisonous plant or if a child is suspected of ingesting any type of plant, staff will immediately call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 and follow instructions given by their trained staff.


Poisonous Plants
Amaryilis Diffenbachia Jequirity Bean Potato Plant
Azalea Dumbcane Jerusalem Cherry Pothos
Begonia (sand) English Holly/Ivy Jimson Weed Pyrocantha
Bird of Paradise Elderberry Juniper Rhododendron
Black Nightshade Berry Elephant Ears Larkspur Rhubarb
Butterfly Weed Eucalyptus Laurel Skunk Cabbage
Calla Lily Eyebane Lily-Of-The-Valley Snow-On-The-Mt.
Calamondin Orange Tree Firecracker Mistletoe Spathe Flower
Carnation Foxglove Morning Glory String of Pearls
Castor Bean Geranium Needlepoint Ivy Tomato Leaves
Christmas Cherry Golden Chain Oleander Tulips-Dermatitis
Cyclamen Holly Berry Oxallis Umbrella Tree
Daffodil Horsechestnut Philodendron Violet Seeds
Daisy Hyacinth Podocarpus Wild Carrots
Daphne Hydrangea Blossom Poison Ivy Wild Cucumber
Deadly Nightshade Iris Poison Sumac Wild Parsnip
Devil’s Ivy Jack-In-The-Pulpit Poison Hemlock Wild Peas
      Yew Tree

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:    
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children: – Use of Poison Center
Other Sources:    
Effective Date:   02/25/20 Reviewed Date:   10/22/20, 6/8/22
Approved By Policy Council:     Revision Approved By Policy Council:    
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