Houseplants: Are Tropical Corn Plants Poisonous?


Tropical corn plants (Dracaena fragrans massangeana) grow from 5 to 15 feet tall with a slow growth rate. The variegated leaves and fragrant, white flowers are the plant's most outstanding features. The plant is easy to care for, is not bothered by pests and the slow growth rate means you will not have to repot it that often.


According to the University of Nebraska, the corn plant is not toxic. However, the plant does contain alkaloids that can cause a stomach ache in children and pets.


The corn plant needs shade. Put it up high where it gets very little light and where it is hard for children and pets to reach.


Keep the soil moist to dry. The plant is susceptible to root rot. Give the corn plant a loose organic planting soil.


  • Avian Web: Corn Plants
  • University of Nebraska: Toxicity of Common Houseplants
  • University of Florida: Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana'
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