Non-Toxic Plants

Many common indoor and outdoor plants have the potential to cause mild poisoning. A few plants can cause serious health risk to your pets (and young children). The Hennepin County Poison Control Center reports that about 20 percent of their pet related calls involve plants.

Know your own pet's personality. If your pet gets bored easily or likes to explore new surroundings your home may need to be thoroughly "pet proofed". Young pets put everything in their mouths so watch them very carefully.

Reports of plant toxicity in the veterinary literature are incomplete at best and sometimes misleading. A good example is the poinsettia Christmas plant. Commonly the poinsettia is thought to be highly toxic. In truth, although this plant draws the most concern from our clients, it is rare that illness can actually be attributed to this plant. The toxic part of the plant is the sap, which is very irritating to the eye and may cause some salivation if it makes contact with the mouth. Quite the contrary, all parts of mistletoe are very toxic and can cause vomiting, pain in the stomach area, and diarrhea.

Abelia
African Daisy
African Violet
Aglaonema
Airplane Plant
Alpine Current
Aluminum Plant
Anthuricum
Anthurium
Aralia
Araucaria
Areca Palm
Ash Tree
Asidistra
Aster
Baby's Breath
Baby's Tears
Baby's Toes
Bachelor Buttons
Basket Vine
Begonia
(except Sand Begonia)
Birdsnest Fern
Bleeding Heart Vine
Blood Leaf Plant
Bonsai
Boston Fern
Bougainvillea
Bromelia
Bromeliad
Butterfly Orchid
Button Fern
Calathea Argyraea
Calico Hearts
Calla Lily Begonia
Camellia
Carrion Flower
Cattleya
China Doll
Chinese Evergreen
Christmas Cactus
Christmas Evergreen
Coelogyne
Coleus
Columbine
Cordyline
Corn (except Corn Plant)
Creeping Charlie
(house plant)(see toxic plants)
Crocus (spring blooming only)
Croton (Codiaeum sp.Dahlia)
Dandelion
Elm Tree
Emerald Ripple
Eugenia
False Solomon's Seal
Feltbush Plant
Fittonia
Forsythia
Friendship Plant
Fuchsia
Gloxinia
Golddust Plant
Goldfish Plant
Grape Ivy
Hawaiian Ti Plant
Hibiscus
Honey Locust
Hosta
Hoya
Impatiens
Jacob's Ladder
Jade Plant
Japanese Aralia
Japanese Lantern
Kalanchoe
Kentia Palm
Lilac
Lindea Tree
Lipstick Plant
Maidenhair Fern
Magnolia Bush
Marigold
(except Marsh Marigold)
Maternity Plant
Mock Orange
Mountain Ash
Natal Plum
Neanthe Bella
Nerve Plant
Norfolk Island Pine
Palm
Panda Plant
Passion Vine
Peacock Fern
Peacock Plant
Pepperomia
Petunia
Phlox
Piggyback Plant
Pilea
Pine Tree
Plush Plant
Polka Dot Plant
Potentilla
Powder Puff
Prayer Plant
Pregnant Plant
Propeller Plant
Purple Passion
Pyrocantha
Queen's Tears
Rabbit's Foot
Rainbow Plant
Rosary Vine
Rubber Plant
Salvia
Schefflera
Screwpine
Seersucker Plant
Sensitive Plant
Silk Tree
Silver Dollar Plant
Silver Evergreen
Silver Poplar
Sinningia
Snapdragon
Spider Plant
Spirea
Staghorn Fern
Staghorn Sumac
Starfish Flower
String of Buttons
Striped Inch Plant
Sweat Plant
Swedish Ivy
Sword Fern
Teddy Bear Plant
Umbrella Tree
Velvet Plant
Venus Fly Trap
Viburnum
Vriesea
Wandering Jew
Wax Plant
Wild Onion
Yucca
Zebra Basket Vine
Zebra Plant
Zinnia, Creeping