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November 8, 2011

Plants Toxic to Pets – Poisons in the garden

- by Debra Anchors

This alphabetical list of toxic plants to dogs and cats has been assembled from many different sources and is offered as a courtesy to my readers. It may or may not be complete; always consult a veterinarian if you believe your pet has consumed a potentially toxic plant listed here. Symptoms range from nausea to death.   If you are aware of another toxic plant not listed here, kindly leave me a comment so I can research it and update this listing.

Angel's Trumpet
Acocanthera (flower and fruit), Aconite (flowers, leaves and roots), Acorns (every part), Alfalfa (foliage), Almond (seeds), Aloe Vera (sap), Alsike Clover (foliage), Amaryllis (bulbs), American Yew (bark, needles and seeds), Amsinckia (everything above the ground, especially seeds), Andromeda Japonica (every part), Angel's Trumpet (every part, especially seeds), Angel's Wings (leaves, roots and stems), Antherium (leaves, roots and stems), Apple (seeds), Apple of Peru (every part, especially seeds), Apricot (inner seed), Arrowgrass (foliage), Arrowhead Vine (leaves, roots and stems), Asian Lily (every part), Asparagus Fern (berries and shoots), Australian Nut (every part), Autumn Crocus (every part), Avocado (fruit, leaves and pit), Azalea (every part)

Baneberry (berries, foliage and roots), Bayonet Plant (flowers and foliage), Belladonna (every part, especially black berries), Bird of Paradise (fruit and seeds), Bitter Cherry (seeds), Bitter Nightshade (every part, especially berries), Bittersweet (every part, especially berries), Black Locust (leaves, pods, seeds, shoots and inner bark), Black Nightshade (the unripe berries), Bleeding Heart (foliage and roots), Bloodroot (every part), Blue Flag (the bulbs), Blue-green Algae (every part), Bluebonnet (every part), Boston Ivy (berries and leaves), Bouncing Bet (every part), Boxwood (every part) Brackenfern, Braken Fern (every part), Brake Fern (every part), Branching Ivy (berries and leaves), Buckeye (bark, buds, honey, leaves, nuts, seedlings), Buckthorn (every part), Buddhist Pine (every part), Bulbs (every species in the genus Amarylliaceae, Iridaceae and Liliaceae), Bull Nettle (every part), Burn Plant (sap), Buttercups (new leaves and stems)

Chinese Lantern
Caladium (every part), Caley Pea (every part), Calfkill (every part), Calla Lily (every part), Candelabra Cactus (leaves, milky sap and stems), Carolina Horsenettle (every part), Carolina Jessamine (every part), Castor Oil Plant (every part, especially seeds), Castor Bean (every part, especially seeds), Ceriman (leaves, roots and stems), Chalice Vine (every part), Charming Dieffenbachia (every part), Cherry (every part), Cherry Laurel (flowers and foliage), Chicks (every part), Chinaberry Tree (berries), Chinese Evergreen (leaves, roots and stems), Chinese Inkberry (fruit and sap), Chinese Lantern (leaf and unripe fruit), Choke Cherry (bark and seeds), Christmas Flower (leaves, milky sap and stem), Christmas Plant (leaves, milky sap and stem), Christmas Rose (flowers and foliage), Chrysanthemum (every part), Cineria (every part), Clematis (every part), Climbing Nightshade (every part), Clover (foliage), Cocklebur (burs, seeds, and seedlings), Common Burdock (burs), Common Nightshade (unripe berries), Common Privet (berries and foliage), Common Tansy (flowers and foliage), Coral Plant (every part), Cordatum (every part), Corn Lily (every part), Corn Plant (every part), Cornflower (every part), Cornstalk Plant (every part), Corydalis (leaves, roots, and stems), Cowslip (new leaves and stems), Crab's Eye (beans), Creeping Charlie (every part), Crocus (every part), Croton (foliage and shoots), Crowfoot (new leaves and stems), Crown of Thorns (every part), Cuban Laurel (every part), Cuckoo Pint (every part), Cycads (every part), Cyclamen (flowers, foliage and stems), Cypress Spurge (flowers, foliage and sap)

Doll's Eyes
Daffodil (every part), Daphne (bark, berries and leaves), Datura (every part), Day Lily (every part), Deadly Nightshade (foliage, sprouts and unripe fruit), Death Camas (every part), Death Cap Mushroom (every part), Delphinium (every part), Destroying Angel Mushroom (every part), Devil's Backbone (leaves and stems), Devil's Ivy (every part), Devil's Trumpet (every part), Dieffenbachia (every part), Dogbane (leaves, roots and stems), Doll's Eyes (berries – red and green, foliage and roots), Dracaena Palm (foliage), Dragon Tree (foliage), Dumbcane (leaves, roots and stems), Dutchman's Breeches (leaves, roots and stems), Dwarf Larkspur (every part)

Easter Flower (leaves, milky sap and stems), Easter Lily (bulbs, flowers, leaves and stems), Eggplant (every part except the fruit), Elaine (every part), Elderberry (every part), Elephant Ear (leaves, roots and stems), Emerald Duke (every part), Emerald Feather (every part), Emerald Fern (every part), English Ivy (berries and leaves), English Yew (bark, needles and seeds), Eucalyptus (every part), Euphorbia (flowers, foliage and sap), European Bittersweet (every part), Everlasting Pea (every part)

Four O'Clock
False Cactus (leaves, milky sap and stems), False Hellbore (every part), Feverfew (leaves and stalks), Ficus (peel and sap), Fiddle-leaf Fig (every part), Fiddleneck (every part above ground), Flag (bulbs), Flamingo Plant (every part), Flax (foliage), Fleur-de-lis (bulbs), Florida Beauty (every part), Fly Agaric (every part), Four O'Clock (every part), Foxglove (leaves, flowers, seeds and stems), Foxtail Barley (seedheads), Fruit Salad Plant (berries, flowers, foliage, and sap)

Glacier Ivy
Geranium (every part), German Ivy (every part above ground), Ghost Weed (leaves, milky sap and stems), Giant Dumbcane (every part), Gill-Over-The-Ground (every part), Glacier Ivy (berries and leaves), Gladiola (bulbs), Glory Lily (every part), Gold Dieffenbachia (every part), Gold Dust Dracaena (foliage), Golden Chain (flowers and seeds), Golden Pothos (every part), Grapes (every part), Green Dragon (leaves, roots and stems), Green False Hellebore (every part), Green Gold Nephthysis (every part), Ground Ivy (every part), Groundsel (every part above ground)

Hahn's Self-branching English Ivy (berries and leaves), Heartleaf (every part), Heavenly Bamboo (every part), Hellebore (flowers and foliage), Hemlock (every part), Henbane (seeds), Hens-and-Chicks (every part), Holly (berries), Horse Nettle (every part), Horse Chestnut (bark, buds, honey, leaves, nuts and seedlings), Horsebrush (foliage), Horsetail (every part), Hurricane Plant (bulbs), Hyacinth (bulbs, flowers and leaves), Hydrangea (every part)

Impatients (every part), Indian Poke (every part), Indian Rubber Plant (every part), Indian Turnip (leaves, roots and stems), Inkberry (every part), Iris (bulbs), Ivies (every species – berries and leaves)

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (leaves, roots and stems), Jamestown Weed (every part), Janet Craig Dracaena (foliage), Japanese Show Lily (every part), Japanese Yew (bark, needles and seeds), Jasmine (flowers, foliage and sap), Jatropha (sap and seeds), Java Bean (uncooked beans), Jequirity Bean (beans), Jerusalem Cherry (every part), Jessamine (fruit and sap), Jimson Weed (every part), Johnson Grass (leaves and stems), Jonquil (every part), Juniper (berries, needles and stems)

Kalanchoe (leaves and stems), Klamath Weed (every part)

Lords and Ladies
Laburnum (flowers and seeds), Lace Fern (every part), Lacy Tree Philodendron (every part), Lambkill (every part), Lantana (berries, flowers and foliage), Larkspur (every part), Laurel (every part), Lilies (all species – every part), Lily-of-the-Valley (every part), Lima Bean (uncooked beans), Locoweed (every part), Lords and Ladies (every part), Lucerne (foliage), Lupine (every part)

Mexican Poppy
Macadamia Nut (every part), Madagascar Dragon Tree (foliage), Majesty (every part), Mandrake (every part except ripe fruit), Marble Queen (every part), Marigold (new leaves and stems), Mauna Loa Peace Lily (every part), Mayapple (every part except ripe fruit), Mescal Bean (every part), Mexican Breadfruit (leaves, roots and stems), Mexican Poppy (every part), Milk Bush (every part), Milkweed (leaves, roots and stems), Milo (foliage), Miniature Croton (foliage and shoots), Mistletoe (every part), Mock Orange (fruit), Monkshood (flowers, leaves and roots), Moonseed (berries), Morning Glory (every part), Mother-in-Law Tongue (foliage), Mountain Laurel (every part), Mushrooms (varieties: Amanita, Death Cap, Destroying Angel, Fly Agaric, Panther Cap, Spring Amanita – every part)

Nap-at-Noon (every part), Narcissus (every part), Needlepoint Ivy (berries and leaves), Nephthytis (leaves, roots and stems), Nightshade (berries), Nutmeg (nut)

Oaks (acorns, buds, sprouts and young shoots), Oleander (every part), Onion (every part), Orange Day Lily (every part)

Panther Cap Mushroom
Panda (every part), Panther Cap Mushroom (every part), Parlor Ivy (every part), Peace Lily (every part), Peach (pits and wilting leaves), Pennyroyal (flowers and foliage), Peony (flowers and foliage), Periwinkle (every part), Peyote (buttons), Philodendron (leaves, roots and stems), Pie Plant (leaves and uncooked stems), Pimpernel (flowers, foliage and fruit), Pin Cherry (seeds), Pinks (every part), Plumosa Fern (every part), Poinsettia (leaves, milky sap and stem), Poison Hemlock (every part), Poison Ivy (every part), Poison Oak (every part), Poison Weed (every part), Pokeweed (every part), Poppy (every part), Potato (sprouts, unripe tubers and vines), Pothos (every part), Precatory Bean (beans), Prickly Poppy (every part), Primrose (every part), Privet (berries and foliage)

Quaker Bonnets (every part), Queensland Nut (every part)

Rosary Pea
Ragwort (every part above ground), Red Clover (foliage), Red Emerald (every part), Red Lily (every part), Red Margined Dracaena (every part), Red Maple (leaves), Red Princess (every part), Red Sage (berries, flowers and foliage), Red-margined Dracaena (foliage), Rhododendron (every part), Rhubarb (leaves and uncooked stems), Ribbon Plant (foliage), Richweed (flowers, leaves, roots and stems), Rosary Pea (beans), Rosemary (foliage), Rubrum Lily (every part)

Saddle Leaf (every part), Sago Palm (every part), Satin Pothos (every part), Schefflera (every part), Scotch Broom (every part), Scouringrush (every part), Senecio (every part above ground), Sensitive Fern (every part), Sheep Laurel (every part), Silver Queen (leaves, roots and stems), Singletary Pea (every part), Skunk Cabbage (leaves, roots and stems), Snake Plant (every part), Snapdragon (flowers and foliage), Snow-on-the-Mountain (leaves, milky sap and stems), Snowdrop (every part), Soapwort (every part), Sorghum (foliage), Spathiphyllum (bulbs, flowers, leaves, and stems), Spotted Cowbane (every part), Spotted Dumb Cane (every part), Spotted Water Hemlock (every part), Spring Amanita (every part), Spurges (every part), Squirrelcorn (leaves, roots and stems), Squirreltail Barley (seedheads), St. Johns Wort (every part), Staggerweed (leaves, roots and stem), Star Jasmine (flowers and foliage), Star-of-Bethlehem (every part), Stargazer Lily (every part), Stinging Nettle (leaves and stems), String-of-Pearls (every part above ground), Straight Margined Dracaena (every part), Striped Dracaena (foliage), Sudan Grass (every part), Sweet Cherry (seeds), Sweet Pea (every part), Sweetheart Ivy (berries and leaves), Swiss Cheese Plant (leaves, roots and stem), Syngonium (every part)

Tangier Pea (every part), Tansy Ragwort (every part above ground), Taro Vine (leaves, roots and stems), Tarweed (every part above ground), Texas Mountain Laurel (every part), Thornapple (every part), Tiger Lily (bulbs, flowers, leaves and stems), Tinsel Tree (every part), Tobacco (leaves), Tolguacha (flowering - every part), Tomato (foliage, green fruit and vines), Touch-me-not (every part), Tri-Leaf Wonder (leaves, roots and stems), Trillium (foliage), Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia (every part), Trumpet Lily (every part), Trumpet Vine (every part), Tulip (bulb), Tung Oil Tree (every part)

Umbrella Plant (every part)

Velvet Lupine (every part), Venus Flytrap (every part), Verbena (flowers and foliage), Vinca Vine (every part), Virginia Creeper (sap)

Wandering Jew
Walnuts (hulls), Wandering Jew (leaves), Warneckei Dracaena (every part), Water Hemlock (every part), West Indian Lantana (berries, flowers and foliage), White Clover (foliage), White Hellebore (every part), White Sanicle (flowers, leaves, roots and stems), White Snakeroot (flowers, leaves, roots and stems), Wild Barley (seedheads), Wild Black Cherry (seeds), Wild Bleeding Heart (leaves, roots and stems), Wisteria (pods and seeds), Wolfsbane (flowers, leaves and roots), Wood Lily (every part), Wood Nettle (leaves and stems)

Yellow Jasmine
Yellow Jasmine (every part), Yellow Oleander (every part), Yellow Sage (berries, flowers and foliage), Yellow Star Thistle (flowers and foliage), Yesterday-today-and-tomorrow (every part), Yews (bark, needles and seeds), Yucca (every part)

If you believe your pet may have been poisoned, contact the ASPCA for advice and assistance. This video contains more information about potted plants which are dangerous to pets.

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  1. This is great info! Thanks for sharing..My Aunt has a little dog and she thinks he's part human I'm gonna pass this info along to her!


  2. Thank you for your comment, Joey. I found out that grapes were poisonous to pets while researching this article. I had no idea.

  3. Daffodils? Azaleas? Wow...I see a lot of them in gardens.
    I, myself, have added none of these to my first garden. (I just started last Spring) But I grow mostly a vege garden but I do want to add some flowers and such. Good video and post.
    Laurie Harrison

  4. I am happy that I am a new follower. As I mentioned, I am a new gardener. I hope for your guidance this coming Spring. My first garden (in Wyoming zone 3) didn't do as well as I had hoped. I sure learned a lot from my mistakes though. Thank you for creating this blog.

  5. I'm very happy to have everyone on board here! Thank you so much for your friendship. And, by the way, I think the best way to learn gardening is through experience. I'm getting pretty good at learning from my mistakes, too!

    Happy gardening ~

  6. printable version of this would be nice.


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