While shopping for new plants for my home I stood blankly staring at the array of beautiful greens and started questioning myself, “If my silly cat was to munch on one of these, would he be OK”? Then I started thinking how many of the plants and flowers already in my home may be toxic!
Unfortunately, most house plants are not safe for consumption by a human, or a pet. However, there are many ways to safely display these plants or flowers in your home. I personally have gone through my house and all plants on the floor I put on stands and some are hanging from the ceiling.
A poisonous plant is one that contains a chemical substance which produces a harmful reaction in the body of animals when ingested. Reactions could range anywhere from an allergic reaction to poisoning. Signs that you should watch out for are; vomiting, lethargy, skin discoloration, constipation or diarrhea.
The following plants are non-toxic to both cats and dogs:
1. Blue Echeveria
3. Areca or Golden Palm
4. Burro’s Tail or Lamb’s Tail
5. Christmas Cactus
6. Cliff Brake or Button Fern
7. Hens and Chickens
8. Pearl Plant
9. Pony Tail Palm
10. Spice Orchid
The following is a list of plants considered toxic. Remember that plants may contain a variety of poisons. They may cause symptoms ranging from a mild stomach ache to serious heart and kidney problems.
Common Name Latin Name
Amaryllis Hippeastrum spp.
Anthurium Anthurium spp.
Apricot kernels Prunus armeniaca
Azaleas Rhododendron spp
Caladium Caladium bicolor
Calla Lily Calla palustrus
Chinese Evergreen Aglaonema spp.
Colchicum Colcicum autumnale
Daffodil Narcissus spp.
Dumb Cane Dieffenbachia spp.
Elephant’s Ear Colocasia antiquorum
English Ivy Hedera helix
Fishtail Palm Caryota spp.
Holly Berries Ilex spp.
Hyacinth Hyacinthus orientalis
Jerusalem Cherry Solanum pseudocapsicum
Lantana Lantana camara
Mistletoe Phoradendron villosum
Mountain laurel (holiday greens) Kalmia spp.
Oleander Nerium oleander
Philodendron Philodendron spp.
Ranunculus Ranunculus spp.
Rosary Pea Abrus precatorius
Schefflera Schefflera actinophylla
Spathiphyllum Spathiphyllum spp.
Yew (holiday greens) Taxus spp.
If your pet ingests a plant or flower that you are unsure about, please contact us immediately at (503) 670-9707 or the National Poison Center at (800) 222-1222
Written By: Sarah