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Toxic Plants and Foods


Here is a quick reference guide to the more common house and garden plants and foods that are toxic to most all animals. If you have these plants or foods, you need not dispose of them-just keep them away from your pets.

*Indicates that a substance is especially dangerous and can be fatal.

  Alcohol (all beverages, ethanol, methanol, isopropyl)*


 Amarylis bulb*


 Autumn crocus ( Colchicum autumnale)*

 Avocado (leaves, seeds, stem, skin)*

 Azalea (entire rhododendron family)


 Bird of Paradise


 Bleeding heart*


 Bracken fern


 Buttercup (Ranunculus)



 Calla lily*

 Castor bean* (can be fatal if chewed)


 Chinese sacred or heavenly bamboo*


 Choke cherry (unripe berries)*

 Chrysanthemum (a natural source of pyrethrins)


 Crocus bulb

 Croton (Codiaeum sp.)

 Cyclamen bulb

 Delphenium, larkspur, monkshood*

 Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia)*

 Elderberry (unripe berries)

 English ivy (All Hedera species of ivy)

 Fig (Ficus)

 Four-o'clocks (Mirabilis)

 Foxglove (Digitalis)


 Hyacinth bulbs


 Holly berries

 Iris corms


 Jimson weed*



 Lily (bulbs of most species)


 Lupine species


 Mistletoe berries*

 Morning glory*

 Mountain laurel

 Narcissus, daffodil (Narcissus)

 Oak* (remove bark for use as a bird perch)




 Pencil cactus plant* (Euphorbia sp.)

 Philodendron (all species)*

 Poinsettia (many hybrids, avoid them all)

 Potato (leaves and stem)

 Rhubarb leaves*

 Rosary Pea(Arbus sp.)* (Can be fatal if chewed)

 Scheffelera (umbrella plant)

 Shamrock (Oxalis sp.)*

 Spurge (Euphorbia sp.)

 Tomatoes (leaves and stem)

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