Hurricane Plant

Hurricane Plant

Pictured: Mexican breadfruit plant

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate

Common signs to watch for:

  • Drooling
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Oral pain
  • Decreased appetite
  • Vomiting

The Hurricane plant, also known as the Mexican breadfruit, Cut-leaf or Split-leaf philodendron, and Swiss Cheese 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

Alternate names: Ceriman, Mexican breadfruit, Monstera, Swiss cheese plant, Cut-leaf philodendron, Split-leaf philodendron, Saddle leaf philodendron