Mildly 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.


Aloe Vera
Alyssum
American Ivy
Angel's Wings
Apricot (pit)
Arboricola
Arrowhead
Asparagus Fern
Avocado (seed,leaves,stem)
Birch Tree
Black Walnut
Bleeding heart
Boston Ivy
Burro Tail
Cactus
Calla Lily
Carnation
Carrot (greens)
Cattail
Century Plant
Chenille Plant
Cherries (pits)
Chrysanthemum
Clivia
Corn Plant
Daisy
Devil's Ivy
Dieffenbachia
Dogwood
Donkey Tail
Dracaena (most varieties)
Dragon Tree
Elephant's Ear
Engelman Ivy
Evergreen Plant
Fatsia
Fern
Ficus Benjamina
Fig Tree
Five Leaved Ivy
Geranium
Gladiola
Hen and Chickens
Honeysuckle
Inch Plant
Iris
Ivy
Lady Slipper
Lamb's Tail
Maple Tree
Mexican Snowball
Mother-in-law Plant
Mother-in-law Tongue
Narcissus
Nephthytis
Oak Tree
Orchid
Oxalis
Painted Lady
Pansy
Peace Lily
Peach (pit)
Philodendron
Plush Plant
Poinsettia
Polka Dot Cactus
Potato (all green parts)
Pothos
Rhubarb (leaves)
Ribbon Plant
Rose
Rubber Plant
Sansevieria
Sedum
Sensitive Fern
Shamrock Plant
Snake Plant
Spathe Flower
Spathiphyllum
Sprengeri Fern
Sweet Pea
Tomato
(entire plant except the ripe fruit)
Tulip
Umbrella Plant
Violet
Virginia Creeper
Weeping Fig
Weeping Willow
Woodbine