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BONNIE'S GARDEN--Plants that are Toxic to Pets

As the neighborhood “cat lady” I made it my business, a long time ago, to find out which plants I should keep away from my pets.  Of course, I discourage them from nibbling on any of them (a squirt from a spay bottle works wonders here).  My cats are fairly well-trained now to leave my plants alone but if I bring a new plant in, I’ll watch them carefully for a few days just in case they decide to investigate the new arrival too closely.  I do provide my kitties with acceptable nibbles in the form of cat grass.  But if any of you have cats and/or dogs at home, you might find the following list valuable.
Aloe                                                                            Amaryllis
Asparagus Fern                                                           Avocado
Bird of Paradise                                                          Buddhist Pine (Podocarpus)
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)                                Creeping Charlie
Cyclamen                                                                    Dieffenbachia (Dumbcane) Dracaena (all varieties)                                                                     Ferns (some varieties)
Ivy (Hedera—all varieties)                                         Kalanchoes                            
Lilies (all varieties—may be fatal to cats)                 Nephthytis                             
Peace Lily (Spathophyllum)                                       Philodendron (all varieties) Poinsettias (mildly toxic)                                                                           Pothos
Sago Palm (all Cycads)                                              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 (including berries)      
Horse Chestnut                                                           Hyacinths                   
Hydrangeas                                                                 Iris                                          
Ivy (Hedera—all varieties, including English Ivy)
Jack-in-the-Pulpit                                                       Japanese Yew
Jatropha                                                                      Jerusalem Cherry      
Jimson Weed (Datura, Brugsmansia)                        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 (Highly toxic)                   
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
This is, by no means, a complete list.  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, seek professional help immediately.
The SPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center is a hotline providing 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week telephone assistance to veterinarians and animal owners.  There is a consultation fee.  Animal Poison Control Center   1-888-426-4435
You may also try the Pet Poison Helpline (petpoisonhelpline.com) at 1-800-213-6680.  There is a consultation fee for this service.
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