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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Feb 5, 2016 3:55 PM CST
I'm too new to houseplants to ID these for my friend. Thanks in advance

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I was thinking perhaps #1 is Diffenbachia??

Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Feb 5, 2016 4:12 PM CST
I would say both are. But no idea about what cultivars.
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Feb 5, 2016 4:17 PM CST
Thanks Jay. If I remember correctly, Diffenbachia are poison, right?
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Feb 5, 2016 5:41 PM CST
A few more pics of #2

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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Feb 5, 2016 6:43 PM CST
jvdubb said:Thanks Jay. If I remember correctly, Diffenbachia are poison, right?


Yes it is.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 5, 2016 6:44 PM CST
I agree, both plants are varieties of Dieffenbachia: http://garden.org/plants/browse/plants/children/645466/ and they are toxic: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/a...
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ajbjoy
Jun 13, 2016 4:55 PM CST
Can anyone help me ID what my mom got me for my condo? Thanks
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purpleinopp
Jun 13, 2016 4:57 PM CST
Hi & welcome, Ajb! Your plants are ZZ plants:
ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
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ajbjoy
Jun 13, 2016 4:58 PM CST
Thanks! Are those known to be toxic to pets?
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plantladylin
Jun 13, 2016 5:01 PM CST
Hi ajbjoy, Welcome! from me too!

YES, the ZZ plant is extremely toxic to cats and dogs as well as humans!
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Jun 13, 2016 5:11 PM CST
Hi Jennifer. @jvdubb

The nickname for Dieffenbachia is Dumb Cane...Eating any part of the plant results in temporary difficulty or inability to speak. The culprit is Raphides.

"Raphides are needle-shaped crystals of calcium oxalate as the monohydrate or calcium carbonate as aragonite, found in more than 200 families of plants. Both ends are needle-like, but raphides tend to be blunt at one end and sharp at the other."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphide
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kniphofia
Jun 14, 2016 10:07 AM CST
The plants may be toxic but unless you eat them they won't do you any harm.
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plantladylin
Jun 14, 2016 1:49 PM CST
kniphofia said:The plants may be toxic but unless you eat them they won't do you any harm.

ajbjoy must have pets that she is concerned about possibly "tasting" her plants.

Some pets have a tendency to munch on house plants which can cause major health issues. I've had many pets over the years and was lucky that all except one was easy to train to stay away from the plants. We did have one kitty who liked to munch on my African Violets from time to time ... fortunately that was the only plant she took a liking to for some reason. African Violets are not toxic but it was Sad to walk into the room at times to find her happily grazing on a pretty Violet!

A list of plants that are toxic to cats as well as the list of dog toxic plants can be found at the ASPCA site: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-an...

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ajbjoy
Jun 14, 2016 4:11 PM CST
I do have a dog and he is a chewer! He is a rescue and spent two years in a crate 24/7 and developed a nervous chewing habit! So I put up plants in case he decides to chew them! He wears a muzzle because he chews cigarette butts on the ground! But yes... that is why asked about toxic to pets.

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