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Skunk Cabbage


Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs, Horses, Cows

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate

Common signs to watch for:

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

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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: Symplocarpus foetidus

Alternate names: Symplocarpus foetidus, fetid pothos, Midas's ears, poison-in-the-pillory, Eastern skunk cabbage