Students medically evaluated after tasting house plant at Palmer High School

Hampden County

PALMER, Mass (WWLP) – Some students are being medically evaluated after tasting a house plant at Palmer High School Thursday afternoon.

Palmer Public Schools Superintendent Patricia Gardner told 22News students tasted a plant called ‘Mother of Thousands,’ which according to poison control, has a low toxicity level. Mother of Thousands is a type of succulent.

Maryniski’s Flowers and Greenhouse told 22News “Mother of Thousands” is a wild plant grown in other countries with warm climates.

“They talk about poinsettias and these other plants. They’re tropical plants and they have a milky substance in them and that can cause a lot of problems,” Owner David Maryniski said.

Gardner told 22News they are having students who had direct contact with the plant be evaluated by medical professionals as a precaution.

According to The UMass Plant and Soil Sciences Department, the mother of thousands plant contains cardiac glycosides.

A compound that could cause heart issues depending how much is consumed.

Our 22News crew saw Monson and Palmer ambulances at the high school.

A senior at the high school told 22News that he knows some of the kids who ate that plant.

He said they’re expected to be ok.

22News will continue to update this story as soon as more information becomes available.

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