The Covid -19 quarantine has had its perks and has been the perfect time for many families to add a fur baby into their lives. The new cats and dogs have received so much love and attention while everyone is home; there are food, vet and training instructions, but did you know that there are many plants that are toxic to cats and dogs. Don’t be alarmed, most animals refrain from being plant eaters, but if you notice them going after something, keep a watchful eye and don’t encourage it. 

Here is a general list of ornamentals that we have compiled based on lists that the ASPCA have published. For more information, visit their complete list visit https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants

**This list only covers outdoor plants. There are many more houseplants and tropicals listed on this website. Please be careful with cats who are more likely to nibble on indoor greenery.

Outdoor Trees & Shrubs harmful to pets
Azalea
Boxwood
Burning Bush
Cherry
Choke Cherry
Crabapple
Holly (most varieties)
Hydrangea
Hypericum-St. Johns’s Wort
Leucothoe
Mt. Laurel
Nandina
Pieris-Japanese Andromeda
Plum
Yew
Yucca

Perennials/bulbs harmful to pets
asiatic lilies
calla lily
carnation
daffodil
daylily
delphinium
dianthus
euphorbia
foxglove
helleborus-lenten rose
hosta
hyacinths
iris
lily of the valley
lobelia-cardinal flower
milkweed
mums
nepeta-cat mint
peony
primrose
tulip
yarrow

Annuals harmful to pets
asparagus fern
begonia
caladium
dahlia
gardenia
geranium
gladiola
kalachoe
nicotiana-tabacco plant
ornamental peppers
portulaca
ranunculus
shamrocks-oxalis

Herbs/Vegetables harmful to pets
Chives
Lavender
Mint
Onions
Oregano
Parsley
Tansy
Tarragon
Tomatoes

Vines/Groundcover harmful to pets
Clematis
English Ivy
Morning Glory
Vinca-periwinkle groundcover
Wisteria