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.

Alder Buckthorn
Amaryllis
Anemone
Angel's Trumpet Tree
Arborvitae
Azalea
Baneberry
Barberry
Bird of Paradise
Bittersweet
Black Locust
Black Root
Buckeye
Buckthorn
Buttercups
Caladium
Calico Bush
California Holly
California Ivy
Castor Bean
Chinese lantern
Christmas Rose
Clematis
Cottoneaster
Creeping Charlie
Crocus
(except spring blooming)
Croton (except Codiaeum sp.)
Crown of Thorns
Crown Vetch
Cyclamen
Daphne
Delphinium
Dutchman's Pipe
Elderberry
English Ivy
Eucalyptus
Euonymus
Fluffy Ruffles
Four O'Clock
Fox Glove
Gladiola
Hawaiian Baby Wood Rose
Hedge Apples
Hogwort
Holly
Hyacinth
Hydrangea
Jack in the pulpit
Jequirity Bean
Jerusalem Cherry
Jimson Weed
Jonquil
Juniper
Lantana
Larkspur
Laurel
Lily of the Valley
Lilies, Easter
Lobelia
Loco Weed
Maiden Hair Tree
Marigold(Marsh Marigold only)
Marijuana
May Apple
Milkweed
Mistletoe
Moonseed
Monkshood
Morning Glory
Mountain Laurel
Mushrooms
Nightshade(all varieties)
Oleander
Paradise Plant
Parsnip
Partridge Breast
Peony
Periwinkle
Peyote
Poison Ash
Poison Daisy
Poison Hemlock
Poison Ivy
Poison Milkweed
Poison Nut
Poison Oak
Pokewood
Poppy (except California)
Primrose
Ranunculus Rhododendron
Rosary Beans
Rosary Peas
Sand Begonia
Scindapus
Snake Palm
Snow on the Mountain
Solomon's Seal
Star of Bethlehem
String of Beads
Stinkweed
Sumac
Toadstools
Tobacco
Trumpet Plant
Victoria Regia
Vinca (all Varieties)
Water Hemlock
Wild Parsnip
Wisteria
Yew