Your Health: Keeping summer safe

School is out, and summer is here. Now is a great time to get outside with your kids and furry friends—just be sure to keep them safe. Can you identify the poisonous plants that grow in the KC metro? Not many people can, but you can learn what to look out for with help from MyHealthKC.

Knowing which plants are dangerous is crucial. If one makes its way into a little hand or pet’s mouth, being able to identify it to a poison control operator or doctor can save valuable time. From poison ivy to poisonous mushrooms, this guide breaks down everything you need to know.

Find the full guide to poisonous plants at, your resource for living well in Kansas City. Backed by the experts at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, MyHealthKC helps you explore local recipes, guides, wellness events, and more to support your daily health journey.