BONNIE’S GARDEN – A List of Plants Toxic to Cats and/or Dogs

So many people are buying plants to decorate their indoor environment over the winter and I’ve had so many questions about which ones are toxic to pets. So here is a “partial” list:


Aloe Amaryllis
Asparagus Fern Avocado
Anthurium Bird of Paradise
Buddhist Pine (Podocarpus) Caladiums
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) Creeping Charlie
Cyclamen Dieffenbachia (Dumbcane)
Dracaena (all varieties) Ferns (some varieties)
Ficus Ivy (Hedera – all varieties)
Kalanchoes Lilies (all varieties – fatal to cats)
Nephthytis Peace Lily (Spathophyllum)
Philodendron (all varieties) Poinsettias
Pothos Sago Palm (all Cycads)
Schefflera Snake Plant
Umbrella Plant (Cyperus)


Andromeda Japonica Apricots
Arrowgrass Atropa Belladonna (Nightshade)
Australian Nut Azaleas
Baneberry Black Locust
Bleeding Hearts Bloodroot
Boxwood Buckeye
Buttercup Caladium
Calla Lilies (Zantedeschias) Carolina Jessamine
Castor Bean Chinaberry Tree
Clematis Christmas Berry
Choke Cherry Christmas Rose
Colchicum Common Privet
Cowslip (Primula) Crocus
Cyclamen (Hardy Cyclamen) Daffodils (Narcissus, Jonquils)
Daphne Daylilies
Delphinium Dutchman’s Breeches
Elephant Ears (Colocasia) Euphorbias
False Flax Four O’Clocks (Mirabilis)
Foxglove (Digitalis) Gladiolus
Gloriosa Lilies Hellebores
Hens-and-Chicks (Sempervivum) Holly
Horse Chestnut Hyacinths
Hydrangeas Iris
Ivy (Hedera – all varieties, including English Ivy) Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Japanese Yew Jatrophia
Jerusalem Cherry Jimson Weed
Jonquils (Daffodils) Kalanchoe
Lantana Larkspur
Laurels Lilies (all varieties – esp. to cats)
Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria) Lycoris (Naked Ladies, Spider Lilies)
Mayapple (Mandrake) Milk Vetch
Mistletoe Moonflowers
Monkshood (Aconitum) Morning Glory
Nandina (Heavenly Bamboo) Narcissus
Nicotiana (Flowering Tobacco) Oleander
Onions (Alliums) Peonies
Pokeweed (Pokeberry) Poison Hemlock
Potato Plants Rhododendron
Rhubarb Skunk Cabbage
Star of Bethlehem Sweet Pea
Tomato Plants Tulips
Wild Black Cherry Wisteria
Yew Yucca


This is, by no means, a complete list.  And keep in mind that a pet may still have an allergic reaction to non-toxic plants, so it’s best to discourage them from nibbling at all.  Check your local pet store for suitable repellents for cats and dogs.  Outdoors, you may wish to try Hot Pepper Wax on plants.  Be sure to provide acceptable nibbles for cats, such as cat grass and catnip. If your pet has ingested a questionable plant or substance, contact professional help immediately.

For assistance, you may call the Pet Poison Helpline ( at 1-800-213-6680.  There is a $39.00 consultation fee for this service. Or called the SPCA at 1-888-426-4435.

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