Does the Zz Plant Cause Cancer? Fact or Fiction? [Solved]



 Can your favorite houseplant really give you cancer? The ZZ plant, a popular choice among indoor plant enthusiasts for its hardiness and aesthetic appeal, has been at the center of a controversial rumor.

We’ll delve into the  origins of this rumor, explore the actual toxicity of the ZZ plant, and separate fact from fiction.

The Rumor and Its Origin

The ZZ plant, scientifically known as Zamioculcas zamiifolia, has been a beloved houseplant for many years, adorning homes and offices with its lush, glossy foliage. However, along with its rise in popularity, a concerning rumor began to circulate.

What Does the Research Say?

One such study, published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, found  that some common  houseplants, including the ZZ plant, could produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs). 

Calcium Oxalate Crystals

These crystals, found in many houseplants, can cause irritation if ingested or come into contact with the skin. However, according to the National Capital Poison Center, there is no evidence to suggest that calcium oxalate is carcinogenic.

What Happens If You Touch a Zz Plant?

Touching a ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is typically safe. However, it contains calcium oxalate  crystals that may cause skin irritation, particularly in individuals with sensitive skin. 

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