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Jack-in-the-Pulpit

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Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate

Common signs to watch for:

  • Drooling
  • Oral pain
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Inappetance

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This plant contains insoluble calcium oxalate crystals similar to other plants in the Araceae family. Chewing or biting into this plant will release these crystals causing tissue penetration and irritation the mouth and GI tract. VERY rarely, swelling of the upper airway occurs making it difficult to breathe. See Oxalates (Insoluble) for more information.

Poison type: Plants

Scientific name: Arisaema triphyllum

Alternate names: Arisaema, Jack in the pulpit, memory root, wake robin, three-leaved Indian turnip, wild turnip, bog onion, dragon root, devil's dear, starch wort