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Plants that are Poisonous for Pets

Here are some of the more common plants that are poisonous to pets. Note: There are hundreds of plants that could be harmful. For more information, see the ASPCA poison center.


What they CAN'T eat:

  • Azalea (Rhododendron)
  • Common or cherry laurel
  • Carnations
  • Cyclamens
  • Day lily
  • Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia)
  • Elephant's ears (Caladium)
  • Forced indoor bulbs such as narcissus (Paper whites)
  • Holly
  • Hydrangeas
  • Mistletoe
  • Oleander
  • Philodendron
  • Rubber plants
  • True Ivy
  • Winter, or false Jerusalem, cherry


What they CAN'T eat:

  • Elephant's Ear
  • Castor Bean
  • Chokecherry
  • Christmas Rose
  • Daffodil
  • English Ivy
  • Foxglove
  • Holly
  • Jimsonweed
  • Lantana (houseplant)
  • Morning Glory
  • Mums
  • Nightshade, also called Belladonna
  • Common garden potato (leaves, shoots, sprouts)
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Yew

Rabbits and Guinea Pigs

What they CAN eat:

  • Chickweed
  • Coltsfoot
  • Dandelion
  • Goldenrod
  • Green clover
  • Groundsel
  • Mallow
  • Plantain
  • Yarrow
  • Asters
  • Marigolds
  • Nasturtiums
  • Sunflowers
  • Sweet Peas

What they CAN'T eat:

  • Buttercups
  • Deadly nightshade
  • Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Flowers of leaves from bulbs, such as tulips
  • Lily of the valley
  • Rhododendrons


Iguanas love fruits and vegetables, but sometimes-pet iguanas don’t know the difference between poisonous and not poisonous, as wild iguanas instinctively do.

What they CAN'T eat:

  • Amaryllis bulbs
  • Apple seeds
  • Avocado pits, peels, foliage
  • Azaleas
  • Christmas Cacti
  • Cyclamens
  • Daffodil bulbs and sap
  • Delphiniums
  • Dieffenbachia (dumbcane)
  • Hyacinth Bulb
  • Hydrangea Flowers
  • Impatiens
  • Ivy (most kinds)
  • Mistletoe berries and foliage
  • Rhododendrons
  • Tomato plant foliage and vines
  • Tulips
  • Wisteria

There are many more plants listed on the ASCPA poison control center Web site.

If a pet ingests a toxic plant, call the veterinarian or the ASCPA poison control center immediately.

Take them to the vet to be on the safe side, bringing the plant with you.

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