Pet lover with a green thumb? Top tips to keep your pet plant safe.
Let’s make one thing clear: we love flowers and plants as much as we love cats and dogs. It’s because of that unconditional love, that we’ve prepared this blog post: your number one go-to list for garden flowers that may be harmful to your pets.
We don’t want to discourage you from obtaining plants, but rather to bring to your attention the flowers that should be planted in an enclosed shed or other places inaccessible to your four-legged friends. This list will help protect them from unnecessary suffering.
We’d like to assure you that no pets were harmed in preparation of this post. No live tests were performed; our office pup Bingo is still wagging it’s cute little tail as I’m writing this. We’re acting precariously, because we studied the list prepared by the Humane Society of the United States in detail and extracted a list of hazards that may already be lurking in your backyard.
But enough with the jokes; it ain’t no laughing matter. Keep the following plants in a pet-proof environment and you’ll all live happily ever after.
THE BLACKLIST OF GARDEN PLANTS
The roots, foliage and seeds of aconite
Leaves of arrowgrass
Entire plant of atropa belladonna
Pods of the bird-of-paradise
Black locust tree
Sprouts, nuts and seeds of the buckeye tree
Flowers and leaves of Carolina jessamine
Rootstock and leaves of christmas rose
Bulbs of the daffodils
Bark, berries and leaves of of a daphne
The entirety of the lily is poisonous to cats
Roots and foliage of Dutchman breeches
Leaves and berries of English ivy
Leaves of foxglove
Leaves and roots of irises
Seeds, pods and flowers of laburnum
Leaves of laurels
Seeds and pods of lupines
The entire lily of the valley is poisonous to cats
Bulbs of narcissus
Leaves of nicotiana
Roots, seeds and berries of pokeweed
Leaves, stem and fruit of poison hemlock
Shoots and sprouts of a potato
Shoots and sprouts of rhubarb
Leaves of rhododendron
Leaves of sorghum grass
Leaves of velvet grass
Pods and seeds of wisteria
Bark, leaves and seeds of yews