Cautions and contraindications: Some ferns are poisonious.
Non-toxic to animals: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center has determined that ball fern, bold sword fern, Boston fern, carrot fern, common staghorn fern, crisped feather fern, dainty rabbits-foot fern, Dallas fern, duffii fern, duffy fern, dwarf feather fern, dwarf whitman fern, feather fern, fish tail fern, giant holly fern, hen and chickens fern, holly fern, imbricata sword fern, Japanese holly fern, king and queen fern, moss fern, mother fern, parsley fern, rabbits foot fern, Roosevelt fern, silver table fern, squirrels foot fern, sword fern, tail feather fern, verona fern, verona lace fern, and whitman fern have not been reported as having systemic effects on animals or as having intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract. ASPCA
Toxic to animals: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center has determined that asparagus fern, emerald fern, emerald feather, lace fern, and plumosa fern have been reported as having systemic effects on animals and/or intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract. ASPCA
Some herbs may be poisonious under some conditions. Exercise appropriate care.
Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Some plants can be toxic just by touch. Even experts can make deadly misidentifications of wild plants. Please grow your own herbs in your own goddess garden (or window boxes).
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