72 Plants and flowers safe and toxic for dogs

If you’re the owner of a man’s best friend, you’re also constantly worried for their safety. Safety around the house means keeping check of possible items your dog might chew on and try to get a bite out of. That’s why it’s important to know which plants and flowers are safe in a house with dogs. Keep reading to find out the complete list of 72 plants and flowers safe and toxic for dogs.

Common Plants which are Safe for Dogs

Let’s take a look at a list which the pet-lovers and plant-lovers can both agree on. Here are the safest plants for your furry balls of joy.

Good news – here’s a full chart of the plants and flowers that are safe for your furry friends.

dog on a couch

Safe plants
Achira Celosia Plumosa Forster Sentry Palm Little Zebra Poison Sumac Tickseed
Acorn Squash Celosia Spicata Fortunes Palm Living Rock Cactus Polka Dot Tiger Lily
African Daisy Chamaedorea Freckle Face Living Stones Polystichum Falcatum Tiger Orchid
African Violet Chaparral Friendship Loco Weed Pony Tail Toad Spotted Cactus
Algaroba Chenille Garden Marigold Locust Pods Porcelain Flower Torch Lily
Aluminum Chervil Garden Snapdragon Madagascar Jasmine Pot Marigold Tous-les-mois
Alumroot Chestnut Gerber Daisy Magnolia Bush Prairie Lily Trailing Peperomia
Alyssum Chicken-Gizzard German Violet Mahonia Prayer Tree Cactus
American Rubber Chickens and Hens Gherkins Majesty Palm Prostrate Coleus Tree Gloxinia
Amur Maple Chin-lao-shu Ghost Leafless Orchid Malabar Gourd Pupleosier Willow Tropical Moss
Anthericum Comosum China Aster Ghost Malaysian Dracaena Purple Baby Tears True Cantaloupe
Antirrhinum Multiflorum China Root Giant Aster Manila Palm Purple Passion Vine Tu Fu-Ling
Arabian Gentian Chinese Plumbago Giant Holly Fern Maranta Purple Velvet Tulip Poplar
Areca Palm Chlorophytum Giant Touch-Me-Not Marbled Fingernail Purple Waffle Turban Squash
Aregelia Chlorophytum bichetti Giant White Inch Mariposa Lily Queencup Turf Lily
Artillery Plant Chocolate Soldier Globe Thistle Maroon Queens Spiderwort Umbrella
Aspidium falcatum Christmas Cactus Gloxinia Maroon Chenille Queensland Arrowroot Urbinia Agavoides
Australian Pine Christmas Dagger Gold Bloom Mary-Bud Rabbits Foot Fern Usambara Violet
Autumn Olive Christmas Orchid Gold-Fish Measles Rainbow Orchid Variegated Laurel
Baby Rubber Christmas Palm Golden Bells Metallic Peperomia Red African Violet Variegated Wax
Baby’s Breath Cilantro Golden Butterfly Palm Mexican Firecracker Red Berried Greenbrier Velvet
Baby’s Tears Cinnamon Golden Lace Orchid Mexican Rosettes Red Edge Peperomia Venus Fly Trap
Bachelors Buttons Cinquefoil Golden Shower Orchid Mexican Snowballs Red Hawthorne Verona Fern
Ball Fern Cirrhopetalum Good Luck Palm Miniature Date Palm Red Lily Verona Lace Fern
Bamboo Clearweed Grape Hyacinth Miniature Fish Tail Red Maple Vining Peperomia
Bamboo Palm Cliff Brake Grape Ivy Miniature Maranta Red Palm Lily Violet Slipper Gloxinia
Bamboo Vine Club Moss Great Willow Herb Miniature Marble Red Veined Prayer Waffle
Banana Cocks Comb Green Ripple Peperomia Mistletoe Cactus Reed Palm Walking Anthericum
Banana Squash Cocktail Orchid Greenbrier Mockernut Hickory Resurrection Lily Washington Hawthorn
Barberton Daisy Collinia Elegans Hagbrier Money Tree Rhynchophorum Water Hickory
Barnaby’s Thistle Common Camellia Hardy Baby Tears Mosaic Ribbon Water Hyacinth
Basil Common Catbrier Hardy Gloxinia Mosaic Vase Roosevelt Fern Watermelon Begonia
Beets Common Garden Canna Hare Fern Moss Agate Rose Watermelon Peperomia
Begonia, Climbing Common Greenbrier Haworthia Moss Campion Rose of China Watermelon Pilea
Begonia, Trailing Common Snapdragon Haws Moss Fern Rose of Sharon Wax
Belmore Sentry Palm Common Staghorn Fern Haws Apple Moss Phlox Rosemary Wax Rosette
Big Shagbark Hickory Confederate Jasmine Hawthorn Mossy Campion Rubrum Lily Weeping Bottlebrush
Big Shellbark Hickory Coolwort Hedgehog Gourd Mother Fern Russian Knapweed Weeping Sargent Hemlock
Bitter Pecan Copper Rose Hellfetter Mother of Pearl Russian Olive Weisdornbluten
Bitternut Copperleaf Hemlock Tree Mother Spleenwort Saffron Spike Zebra West Indian Gherkin
Black Haw Coral Bells Hen and Chickens Fern Mountain Camellia Sage Western Sword
Black Hawthorn Coreopsis Hens and Chickens Mountain Grape Saint Bernards Lily White Edged Swedish Ivy
Blackjack Pine Cornflower Hibiscus Mulberry Bush Greenbrier Salad Burnet White Ginger
Blaspheme Vine Crape Myrtle Hindu Rope Mulberry Tree Sand Lily White Heart Hickory
Bloodleaf Creeping Charlie Hoary Alyssum Musa Paradisiaca Sand Verbena Whitman Fern
Blooming Sally Creeping Gloxinia Holligold Muscari Armeniacum Satin Pellionia Wild Buckwheat
Blue Bead Creeping Mahonia Holly Fern Muskmelon Savory Wild Hyacinth
Blue Daisy Creeping Pilea Hollyhock Nasturtium Sawbrier Wild Lantana
Blue Echeveria Creeping Rubus Honey Locust Natal Plum Scabious Wild Sasparilla
Blue Eyed Daisy Creeping Zinnia Honey Plant Neanthe Bella Palm Scarborough Lily Wild Strawberry
Blue-dicks Crepe Myrtle Honeydew Melon Nematanthus spp. Scarlet Orchid Willow Herb
Blue-eyed African Daisy Crimson Bottlebush Honeysuckle Fuchsia Neoregelia Scarlet Sage Windmill Palm
Bluebottle Crimson Cup Hookera pulchella Nerve Plant Sego Lily Winter Cattleya
Blunt Leaf Peperomia Crisped Feather Fern Hubbard Squash Night Blooming Cereus Shagbark Hickory Withered Snapdragon
Blushing Bromeliad Crossandra Hypocyrta Old Man Cactus Shan Ku’ei-lai Wood Lily
Bold Sword Fern Cucumber Ice Plant Old World Orchid Shellbark Hickory Woolflower
Boston Fern Cushion Aloe Impatience Plant Orange Day Lily Shrimp Cactus Yellow Bloodleaf
Bottle Palm Cushion Moss Irish Moss Orange Star Silver Bell Yellow Palm
Bottlebrush Cyrtudeira Iron Tree Oregon Grape Silver Berry Yellow-Flowered Gourd
Brazilian Orchid Dainty Rabbits-Foot Fern Ivy Peperomia Ossifragi Vase Silver Heart Yellowrocket
Bride’s Bonnet Dallas Fern Jackson Brier Paddys Wig Silver Pink Vine Yorba Linda
Bristly Greenbrier Dancing Doll Orchid Jacob’s Ladder Painted Lady Silver Star Zebra Haworthia
Brodiaea Pulchella Day Lilies Japanese Aralia Pampas Grass Silver Table Fern Zinnia
Broom Hickory Desert Trumpet Japanese Holly Fern Panamiga Silver Tree Anamiga Zucchini Squash
Bullbrier Dichelostemma Japanese Moss Pansy Orchid Slender Deutzia
Bur Gourd Dichorisandra Reginae Japanese Pittosporum Paradise Palm Small Fruited Hickory
Burro’s Tail Dill Japanese Show Lily Parlor Palm Smilax Tamnoides Vas
Buttercup Squash Dinteranthus Jasmine Parsley Fern Speckled Wood Lily
Butterfly Ginger Duffii Fern Jewel Orchid Patient Lucy Spice Orchid
Butternut Squash Dwarf Date Palm Joseph’s Coat Patient Spider Flower
Buzzy Lizzie Dwarf Feather Palm Jungle Geranium Peacock Spider Ivy
Caeroba Dwarf Palm Kaempferia Pearl Spider
Calathea Dwarf Rose-Stripe Star Kahali Ginger Pearly Dots Star Jasmine
California Pitcher Dwarf Royal Palm Kenilworth Ivy Peperomia Hederifolia Star Lily
Callistemon Brachyandrus Dwarf Whitman Fern Kentia Palm Peperomia Peltfolia Star
Callistemon citrinus Earth Star Kenya Violet Peperomia Rotundifolia Stargazer Lily
Callistemon viminalis Easter Cattleya Kharoub Peperomia Sandersii Stevia
Calochortus nuttalli Easter Daisy King and Queen Fern Pepper Face Strawberry
Camellia Easter Lily King Nut Persian Violet Striped Blushing
Canada Hemlock Easter Lily Cactus King of the Forest Peruvian Lily Sudan Grass
Canary Date Palm Easter Orchid Kuang-yen-pa-hsieh Petunia Sugar Pods
Candle Edible Banana Lace Flower Vine Phalaenopsis Orchid Sulfur Flower
Candycorn Emerald Ripple Peperomia Lace Orchid Pheasant Summer Hyacinth
Cane Palm English Hawthorn Ladies Ear Drops Piggy Back Sunflower
Canna Lily Episcia Lady Lou Pignut Hickory Swamp Sunflower
Canterbury-bell Fairy Fountain Lady Palm Pilea Microphylla Swedish Ivy
Cape Marigold False Aralia Lady Slipper Pilea Mucosa Sweet Potato Vine
Cape Primrose Fan Tufted Palm Lagerstroemia Indica Pincushion Flower Sweetheart Hoya
Carob Feather Palm Lance Pleomele Pink Brocade Sword Fern
Caroba Fennel Laurel-Leaved Greenbrier Pink Splash Tailed Orchid
Carolina Hemlock Fiery Reed Orchid Leather Peperomia Pink Starlite Tall Feather Fern
Carrion Flower Fig Leaf Gourd Lemon Balm Pirliteiro Tall Mahonia
Carrot Fern Figleaf Palm Leopard Lily Pitaya Tangerine Impatience
Carrot Flower Fingernail Leopard Orchid Plantanus Occidentalis Teasel Gourd
Casaba Melon Fire Weed Lesser Snapdragon Platinum Peperomia Texas Sage
Cast Iron Fish Tail Fern Lily Platycerium Alcicorne Thea Japonica
Cat Brier Flame African Violet Lily of the Valley Orchid Plumbago Larpentiae Thimble Cactus
Cat Ear Flame of the Woods Linden Plush Thorn Apple
Cattleya Labiata Florida Butterfly Orchid Lipstick Plan Poison Ivy Thyme
Celosia Globosa Fluffy Ruffles Little Fantasy Peperomia Poison Oak Ti hu-ling

Petunias

A garden favorite, petunias blossom in several different colors and breeds and make your house glow from a distance. You’ll be happy to know that The American Society of Prevention to Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has no reports of poisoning caused by petunias in dogs. Petunias are non-toxic, stunning flowers that are perfect for a pet-friendly environment.

Succulents

If you’re a plant lover and want some earthy décor, succulents are a great option. Not only are they low maintenance but also remain stunning all year long. Echeveria and Haworthia are some of the popular succulents which make for lovely décor around the house. The great news is that most succulents are completely non-toxic and remain a non-threat to dogs. This is because they simply don’t arouse any curiosity because of their smell and texture. However some varieties like the jade can be very toxic if ingested, so it’s best to do your research before you go shopping!

Marigold

Pot marigolds are easy to maintain and bear yellow and orange flowers that are eye-catching from a distance. The best part is that they are considered safe for dogs and cats by the ASPCA. A little bit of nibbling won’t harm your friend, but a lot might. They simply don’t have the digestive enzymes to process the marigold flower so it’s essential they don’t ingest too much of it.

Orchids

Orchids are some of the most versatile and gorgeous options to have around the house. And the best part – they are pet-friendly and non-toxic too! Your curious puppy can sniff, bite, and munch on orchids without any supervision needed.

Dandelions

Apart from being wish-blowing genies, dandelions are also known worldwide for their medicinal properties. That’s why it’s also often a part of dogs’ diet and supplements. Dandelions naturally contain most vitamins and minerals required by them and that’s why they’re completely non-toxic around your furry friends.

Blueberries

If you’re starting to think too many plants are toxic for your dog, think again. Blueberries are a great way to boost your dog’s health. They have antioxidants which make them super-food for both dogs and humans! It’s safe to include this berry as 10% of a its diet and ensure their essential vitamin and mineral intake.

Roses

Now you’re favorite rose beds needn’t go anywhere if you’re bringing home a puppy. No part of this gorgeous flower is toxic for a dog. But keep in mind, munching too much on the leaves or blossoms can give your puppy a mild tummy ache. If you’re sprayed some pesticide or chemical on your flowers, ingestion can be a major concern for pets since it may cause a reaction.

Ferns

These are plants that don’t bear fruit or flowers but have stunning length and thus commonly feature in offices and homes. The good news is that these plants aren’t toxic for your dogs too. But it’s best to check up on the specific type of fern you’re bringing into the house since a few like the Asparagus fern can be toxic for pups.

Lilacs

These lavender-colored flowers are both beautiful and practical since no part of the plant is considered toxic to dogs. Whether it’s ingestion or skin irritation concerns, this plant acts as a good way to brighten up your garden and keep your pets curious too. But keep in mind that too much fiber in the diet can irritate the lining of their stomach since it’s difficult to digest. So less munching on plants in general!

Lavender

This soothing herb has the power to heal many ailments, not just in humans, but dogs too! Many pet owners use the oil from this herb for their dogs to smell and relax – otherwise known as Aromatherapy. The plant is safer when inhaled rather than ingested in dogs. It is recommended you still take the advice of a vet before any such medication to avoid any possible toxicosis.

Impatiens

The touch-me-not plant has more than a thousand options to choose from. The great news is you can choose any of them without any fear for a pet-friendly home. All true options of the impatiens family will prove safe for your pets.

Pansies

Another multicolored flowering plant that comes in stunning colors is the pansy. The best part – the whole plant is safe to plant and even ingest by dogs. Let your pups munch without fear on these tasty buds, not enough to ruin your garden or hurt their tummy!

Mushrooms

These are everybody’s favorite with their high nutritional content like Riboflavin, Vitamin A, and Potassium. The good news – even dogs can have them, as long as they are store-bought. Store-bought Cremini, white button, or Portobello are great for your pup’s diet. But the yard or the park is where pet owners should draw the line, since some varieties can be toxic, to both humans and dogs.

dog outside

Zinnias

A summer bloomer, this flower is straight out of a children’s coloring book. And the best part? It’s completely pet-friendly! Yes, ingesting and loitering around zinnia beds will only cause your pet to have plenty of fun and a full tummy.

Majesty palm

This beach plant truly lives up to its name and is pet-friendly too! Most palms are safe for dogs and cats, for instance, Areca and Ponytail varieties. It’s important to double-check the name before bringing home just any palm since some plants may have ‘palm’ in name but in fact, be a part of another genus. For eg, the sago palm is highly toxic since it is a part of the cycad family.

Spider plants

Also known as hen and chicken or ribbon plant, this species is a unique one with long leaves and unique shades of green. It is so easy to maintain, it’s almost impossible to get it wrong. Due to its non-toxicity, it’s also a must for pet-friendly households with plant lovers! Even a few nibbles won’t harm your pup.

Mint

A favorite of all cocktail lovers, this herb is refreshing and soothing to almost all humans. While you can let your dog have a few leaves to freshen his/her breath or soothe their stomach, it’s important to avoid certain varieties like English Pennyroyal which are toxic for dogs. It’s best to avoid more than a couple of leaves of the safe options for your dog too since too much can lead to a tummy ache.

Day Lilies

Although the name suggests caution, this plant isn’t from the lily family and instead belongs to the Hemerocallis genus. While you must keep this plant well away from cats, they pose no real threat to dogs and are completely safe to be around them. The gorgeous flowers can brighten your garden and your dog’s mood at once!

Bee Balm

Bee balm is a unique flowering plant with stringy petals and grows in vivid colors like red, pink, blue, and purple. And the good news is that your pets are very much safe around these stunning flowerbeds, so go on and impress your neighbors with bee balm growth without any fear!

Rosemary

This favorite herb in Italian cuisine is also a favorite of puppies. Not only is it great for your dog’s tummy and heart, but also has natural antioxidants which are known to prevent cancer. Thought it couldn’t get any better? The herb is also a natural way to keep fleas away. It is a must for a house with pups!

Strawberries

This delicious fruit is a favorite of every human and even dog! The vitamin C and fiber are great for your pup and even act as a teeth-whitener. Since they contain sugar, don’t feed them too much!

Snapdragons

Named after the dragon-looking face they make on squeezing, these long flowering plants are perfectly safe around dogs! So you can grow a whole shrub and let your pup roam around in peace.

Canna lilies

We know we’ve warned you against lilies already, but here’s an exception. It is completely non-toxic since it isn’t truly part of the lily family. While no plant should be eaten in excess, it’s safe if your puppy goes nibbling a bite or two.

Oranges

The burst of Vitamin C is a great snack for your dog, although they may not be a fan of its strong citrus smell. But do remember to peel and de-seed the orange so your puppy doesn’t choke.

Stevia

This natural sugar substitute is great for humans and dogs too! They are completely non-toxic to dogs, although it is recommended you don’t feed them too much of any plant to avoid tummy aches.

Peppermint

Many species of mint – like wild, spearmint, and peppermint are completely safe for your dogs. The only known variety of the plant which is toxic is the English Pennyroyal. So go ahead and give your dog that minty mock’tail’ refreshment!

Hollyhocks

Blooming similarly to Gladiolus, Hollyhocks are stunning flowering plants that attract much wildlife. Thankfully, these plants are also non-poisonous for dogs. However, ingestion isn’t the main concern as touching it may cause a little skin allergy in some.

Liriope

Also known as lily turfs, these are grass-like plants used in landscaping. The good news with this one is that your home can be neatly landscaped and stay pet-friendly too! The turf lily is very much safe for your puppy to roll around in.

What plants should not be around dogs because they’re toxic?

dog walking down the stairs

Being a pet owner can be a difficult task. Especially if you’re an established gardener, you must be wondering what flowers are poisonous to dogs. Don’t worry, we can get you started on the process of making your home pet-friendly with this list of house plants poisonous to your friends and should be kept away from their paws. Keep reading further ahead for the list of the most fatal ones too.

Underneath, there’s a full list of the plants that are toxic, which you should obviously avoid  for your dog.

Toxic plants
Adam-and-Eve Desert Azalea Japanese Yew Plum White Heads
African Wonder Tree Desert Rose Jerusalem Cherry Plumosa Fern Wild Arum
Alocasia Devil’s Backbone Jerusalem Oak Poinciana Wild Calla
Aloe Devils Ivy Jonquil Poinsettia Wild Carnation
Amaryllis Dieffenbachia Kaffir Lily Poison Daisy Wild Coffee
Ambrosia Mexicana Dock Kalanchoe Poison Hemlock Winter Cherry
American Bittersweet Dog Daisy Kiss-me-quick Poison Parsnip Winterberry
American Holly Dog Hobble Klamath Weed Portulaca Wisteria
American Mandrake Dogbane Hemp Kudu Lily Prayer Bean Yarrow
American Yew Dracaena Lace Fern Pride-of-India Yellow Oleander
Andromeda Japonica Dumbcane Lacy Tree Philodendron Primrose Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Angelica Tree Dwarf Poinciana Lady-of-the-night Privet Yew
Apple Easter Rose Lambkill Purslane Yew Pine
Apricot Eastern Star Lantana Queensland Nut Yucca
Arrow-Head Vine Elephant Ears Larkspur Racemose asparagus
Arum Elephant Ears Laurel Ragwort
Arum Lily Elephant-Ear Begonia Lavender Ranger’s Button
Asparagus Fern Emerald Feather Leatherflower Red Emerald
Australian Ivy Palm English Holly Leek Red Princess
Australian Nut English Ivy Lemon Red-Marginated Dracaena
Autumn Crocus English Yew Lemon Grass Rex Begonia
Azalea Epazote Lemon Verbena Rhododendron
Baby Doll Ti Eucalyptus Lenten Rose Rhubarb
Barbados Aloe European Bittersweet Lily of the Palace Ribbon
Barbados Lily European Holly Lily of the Valley Ridderstjerne
Barbados Pride Everlasting Pea Lily-of-the-Valley Bush Rock Moss
Bay Laurel Exotica Lime Roman Chamomile
Bead Tree False Bittersweet Lobelia Rosebay
Begonia False Queen Anne’s Lace Locust Running Myrtle
Bergamot Orange Feather Geranium Lord-and-Ladies Sabi Star
Bird of Paradise Fern Palm Lovage Sacred Bamboo
Bird of Paradise Flower Fetter Bush Macadamia Nut Saddle Leaf
Bird’s Tongue Flower Fetterbush Madagascar Dragon Tree Sago Palm
Bishop’s Weed Fiddle-Leaf Maidens Breath Satin Pothos
Bitter Root Fig Malanga Scented Geranium
Black Calla Figwort Maleberry Schefflera
Black Cherry Fire Lily Mapleleaf Begonia Seaside Daisy
Black Laurel Flag Marble Queen Seven Bark
Black Nightshade Flamingo Flower Marijuana Shamrock
Black Walnut Fleabane Marjoram Shatavari
Bobbins Florida Beauty Mauna Loa Peace Lily Showy Daisy
Bog Laurel Florist’s Calla Mayapple Silver Dollar
Borage Foxglove Mayweed Silver Jade
Boxwood Franciscan Rain Tree Meadow Saffron Skunk Cabbage
Branching Ivy Garden Calla Medicine Snake Lilly
Brazilwood Garden Chamomile Metallic Leaf Begonia Snake Plant
Bread and Butter Garden Hyacinth Mexican Breadfruit Solomon’s Lily
Brunfelsia Gardenia Milfoil Sorrel
Buckeye Garlic Milkweed Sowbread
Buckwheat Geranium Mint Spanish Thyme
Buddhist Pine Geranium-Leaf Aralia Mistletoe “American” Spindle Tree
Burning Bush Giant Dracaena Mock Azalea Split Leaf Philodendron
Buttercup Giant Dumb Cane Mole Bean Spotted Dumb Cane
Butterfly Iris Giant Hogweed Morning Glory Sprengeri Fern
Caladium Glacier Ivy Morning-Noon-and-Night Spring Parsley
Calamondin Orange Gladiola Moss Rose St. John’s Wort
California Ivy Gloriosa Lily Mother of Millions Staggerbush
Calla Lily Gold Dieffenbachia Mother-in-Law Starch Root
Cape Jasmine Gold Dust Dracaena Mother-In-Law Starleaf
Caraway Golden Birds Nest Mother-in-Law’s Tongue Stinking Chamomile
Cardboard Cycad Golden Pothos Mum Straight-Margined Dracaena
Cardboard Palm Golden Ragwort Naked Lady Striped Dracaena
Cardinal Flower Good Luck Nandina Superb Lily
Carnation Grapefruit Narcissus Sweet Cherry
Castor Bean Grass Palm Nasturtium Sweet Pea
Ceriman Greater Ammi Needlepoint Ivy Sweet William
Chamomile Green Gold Naphthysis Nephthytis Sweetheart Ivy
Chandelier Ground Apple Nicotiana Swiss Cheese
Charming Dieffenbachia Groundsel Nightshade Tahitian Bridal Veil
Cherry Hahn’s Self Branching English Ivy Octopus Tree Tail Flower
Chinaberry Tree Hashish Oilcloth Flower Taro
Chinese Evergreen Hawaiian Ti Oleander Taro
Chinese Jade Heartleaf Philodendron Onion Taro Vine
Chives Heavenly Bamboo Orange Tarragon
Choke Cherry Hellebore Oregano Texas Umbrella Tree
Christmas Rose Hercules’ Club Oregon Holly Ti-Plant
Chrysanthemum Hills of Snow Ornamental Pepper Tobacco
Clematis Holly Pacific Yew Tomato
Climbing Bittersweet Hops Painter’s Pallette Tree Philodendron
Climbing Lily Horse Chestnut Palm Lily Tree Tobacco
Climbing Nightshade Horsehead Philodendron Panda Tropic Snow
Clivia Lily Horseweed Paper White True Aloe
Clusia Rosea Hortensia Paraguayan Jasmine Trumpet Lily
Coffee Tree Hosta Parsley Tulip
Coleus Hurricane Peace Begonia Umbrella Leaf
Common Privet Hyacinth Peace Lily Umbrella Tree
Coontie Palm Hydrangea Peach Variable Dieffenbachia
Cordatum Impala Lily Peacock Flower Variegated Philodendron
Corn Plant Indian Apple Pencil Cactus Variegated Wandering Jew
Cornstalk Indian Borage Peony Vinca
Cow parsnip Indian Hemp Perennial Pea Virgin’s Bower
Cowbane Indian Hemp Periwinkle Wahoo
Cuckoo-pint Indian Pink Philodendron Pertusum Wake Robin
Cutleaf Philodendron Indian Rubber Pie Plant Wandering Jew
Cycads Inkberry Pieris Warneckei Dracaena
Cyclamen Iris Pig Lily Water Flag
Daffodil Iron Cross Begonia Pigtail Water Hemlock
Dahlia Ivy Arum Pink Pearl Wax-Leaf
Daisy Jack-in-the-pulpit Pinks Weeping Fig
Deadly Nightshade Jade Plantain Lily Western Yew

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas or Hortensias make for perfect tabletop flower arrangements and come in striking colors like blue, lilac, pink, and white. But the sad news is that all hydrangeas are very toxic to your canine friend. The cyanogenic glycoside makes dogs sick with symptoms like vomiting, depression, stomach pain, and loss of appetite. Keep them strictly away from even the hydrangeas vase water and all parts of the plant.

Poinsettias

Come Christmas season, your dog will be chasing around the kitchen for a piece of that special cooking. But make sure they don’t go feasting on your festive décor, especially poinsettias. The sap contains similar elements to that of detergent, which is what makes it toxic for dogs and other pets.

Hostas

Hostas are underrated flowers that are perfect for even a carefree teenager, thanks to their low maintenance. The flowers bloom in beautiful bunches of white and purples, depending on the type. Sadly though, they contain saponins which cause vomiting and poisoning in dogs. Thus, Hostas are very toxic and should be kept out of their reach.

Tea tree

Tea trees are fast-growing options whose health benefits are just starting to get popular amongst plant lovers. It’s great for the skin and hair and you are likely to have a bottle of tea tree oil in your skincare too. But dog lovers must know that serums and bottles with high quantities of tea trees are very poisonous. You must know that products with a small percentage of tea tree will not be as dangerous as a highly concentrated oil.

Tulips

As romantic as tulips are in movies and poetry, they sadly aren’t practical in a house with many pets. These bulbous varieties contain a compound that is very toxic to cats and dogs and can lead to severe diarrhea and even heart problems in pets.

Snake plants

Commonly found in office spaces and in homes of the busy plant lovers who love a non-fussy varieties, it can grow under extraordinary circumstances like low light, less water, and less space. Unfortunately, snake plants are also very toxic for cats and dogs which makes them unsafe for a home with pets. The signs of poisoning usually start with numbness, pain, and swelling of the tongue and mouth but can lead to further stomach problems, so contact a vet immediately.

Daffodils

Wordsworth might have been in awe of daffodils, but he forgot to mention their toxicity levels for pets. These bulbous species contain lycorine which is poisonous for dogs and the outer layers of leaves and petals contain crystals that can tear the tissues of your pet’s tongue and lead to excessive drooling. Even a single bulb of the flower can prove very dangerous for your puppy.

Geraniums

Seasonal winter favorite flowers include geraniums with their bright pastel colors like pink blues and purples. However, you must know that all parts of it are highly toxic to dogs and cats. This family includes Classic summer zonal, Brookside, Dreamland, and more than 400 other varieties, so it is best to do your research while buying a particular breed.

Chrysanthemums

Sometimes known as mums or mumingtons, these are a classic plant for gifting and decorating your home with a spot of color. Though they may seem harmless, it is very toxic for pets and can result in symptoms like hyper-salivation, vomiting, and irritation on the skin. It’s best to keep your puppy dog away from it!

Pothos

Devil’s Ivy or Silk pothos is a common house plant due to its low maintenance. It comes in many options with varying leaf colors like Golden and neon or heart-shaped leaves like the Manjula. But keep in mind they are not suitable for a pet-friendly household since they can lead to mouth and skin irritation along with gastric problems in dogs. This is not surprising, considering it a relative of the toxic philodendron.

Begonias

Begonias are flowering plants that seem straight out of an artist’s canvas. They come in vivid colors like pinks, reds, yellows and have more than a thousand varieties. However, it may interest you to know that all of the varieties are very toxic to dogs. They contain needle-like crystals that can induce vomiting and cause pain in the mouth and tongue.

Gardenias

Although gardenias colors and types are many, the most popular is the dreamy flowers that come in cream white color and have a sweet fragrance. The bad news is that all the types of this flower are severely poisonous to dogs and thus must be kept far away for a pet-friendly home.

Lantanas

This natural wonder includes flowers made of multi-colored flowers that grow with plenty of sun and water. Grown in shrubs around office spaces and houses, this flower is very toxic to dogs and many other animals like cats, goats, rabbits, and horses. So if you’ve got pets in the house, or have too many street dogs roaming around, it’s best to steer clear of this shrub.

Garlic

While it is a common and essential part of many cuisines around the world, for dogs, that might not be the case. Other plants of the garlic family like onions can also prove dangerous for dogs due to the thiosulfate content which can cause damage to blood cells and lead to anemia. Please note, some may be harmed by less and some by more quantities.

Tomato plants

These are tough to keep. While the solanine and tomatine in the tomato plants are toxic for dogs, a ripe fruit contains lesser amounts and hence is less dangerous. You should keep your pups away from any unripe fruit, leaves, and stems since they are more likely to contain larger amounts of the toxin.

Peonies

While pink peonies make for great bouquets, the paeonol is very toxic for dogs. It can lead to great stomach distress if ingested and thus must be kept away from pups and cats.

Monsteras

This is a type of Philodendron which is unsafe for the consumption of both humans and animals. Even in humans, any kind of consumption can lead to swelling and irritation on the tongue and even worse symptoms in dogs. So monsteras truly live up to their name and thus must be kept away from!

dog watching a computer

Christmas Cactus

The Schlumbergera plant is another popular holiday decoration that blossoms around Christmas with small, bright flowers. While the plant isn’t toxic to dogs particularly, ingestion of its fiber or sap can be hard to digest and might inflame the lining of your pup’s stomach. Fortunately, older animals are usually smart enough to stay away from the spikey options like this one so you can keep some holiday décor to show off.

Honeysuckle

While it is known for the medicinal properties of its leaves, berries, and flowers, honeysuckle can be very toxic to dogs. The cyanogenic glycoside and carotenoid content are the primary toxins that affect your dog’s health with signs like vomiting, breathing problems, and weakness. Although there are 180 varieties of it and not all are toxic, it’s better to consult a vet if you suspect your pet has been ingesting it.

Mistletoe

A Christmas must, this plant grows on several different trees like oak, pecan, hickory, and red maple since it is a parasitic plant. As pretty as it is, it is not ideal for a house with pets. Its alkaloids and polysaccharide content can disturb the gastric working of a dog’s stomach and lead to other abnormal behavior.

Dahlias

A flower similar in appearance to zinnias, dahlias are nowhere near as harmless. If there’s a list of plants that all farm animals and pets should steer clear of from miles away, this one is in the top 10. Any ingestion or exposure could cause plenty of distress and even organ failure.

Citronella

This grass has many varieties like Fresh lemongrass and Cymbopogon nardus. The oil of this plant is used for many cosmetic and healing properties. While it is commonly planted to keep mosquitoes away, if ingested by dogs and cats, it could prove very dangerous. So if you’re putting them up at home for their mosquito-repellant properties, it’s best to keep them on window sills and other places, well out of reach of your pets.

Morning glories

As glorious as it might make your mornings, it is so toxic for your dogs that it can even lead to hallucinations. Other symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea. If you spot the signs, visit a vet as soon as possible!

Irises

Exquisite flowering plants with vivid colors that come in at least 200 varieties, irises are surely a stunner. Sadly, you’ll have to exclude irises from your garden because PetMD claims it contains many compounds that can potentially be a threat to your dog’s health. These compounds are usually located in high concentrations in the bulb of the iris.

Rhubarb

These are edible stalks of vegetables that are quite common in cooking and baking. However, the oxalic acid in the plant can lead to coma and organ failure in dogs if ingested. The leaves and the stems pose the most threat for pets and must be kept out of reach at all times.

Gladiolus

Sometimes called a ‘sword lily’, they feature stalks with several iris-like flowers growing vertically on one stalk. Sadly, these impressive varieties are bulbous and contain many toxins that aren’t safe for dogs, especially in the buds.

Dianthus

These are short-lived seasonal flowers that have uniquely forked petals. It is a type of carnation, which is severely toxic for dogs. The name Dianthus Caryophyllus implies the relation to the carnation and thus must be kept away from homes with your four-legged friends in them.

Potatoes

You’ll be surprised what a harmless potato could do to your dog. The raw potato contains solanine, also present in tomatoes, which is very toxic for dogs. However, baking or cooked potatoes can reduce the content and might be safer for consumption. But we’d still recommend good old dog food instead!

Wisteria

This plant is a legume which explains its vertical growth in soothing lilac colors. A wisteria bush is truly magical to walk through but your furry friends should be kept several feet away. The seeds and seed pods can make for a dangerous threat to the stomach of your puppy and lead to even worse symptoms if not treated on time.

Philodendron

This is a large family containing many popular species like the fiddle-lead and Swiss-cheese plants. The ASPCA has listed this family as mild to moderately toxic for dogs and cats, and thus all members of the genus must be avoided in pet-friendly homes.

Daisies

These wildflowers may look innocent but can be very harmful to your puppies, cats, and other pets. Whether it is the chamomile or mayweed type, it’s best to avoid any daisies in a house with dogs.

What plants will kill a dog?

Grapes

Everyone loves a grapevine growing in their house compound, especially if you’re a fruit lover! But did you know that even a single grape can become the cause of death in dogs and cats? Acute kidney failure is commonly seen in cases of grape ingestion in dogs, however, the scientific reason behind this is still unknown.

Lilies

The genus ‘lilium’ is simply off-limits to our furry friends. That means the true ‘lilies’ contain toxic elements that cause gastrointestinal problems if ingested by dogs. These include Calla lilies, Easter lilies, Glory lily, Japanese Show lily, leopard lily, Peace lily, Peruvian Lily, and Stargazer lily. Keep in mind several plants may have lily in the name but are rather non-toxic to your friend, so do your research on their genus before buying.

Azaleas

Delicate azalea flowers are anyone’s favorite. But did you know that ingestion of even 0.2% of the animal’s body weight can cause your dog to be poisoned? The grayanotoxins in the azalea affect the sodium channels of the muscles causing poisoning and signs like excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, and trouble walking.

Acorns

You might have taken your dogs for a walk and noticed acorns splattered under an acorn tree and wondered if your pets should be around it. You’re right to be cautious since acorns contain tannins which can be very harmful to them. While humans can safely consume acorns and their flour, they will likely suffer from liver failure if even a single acorn is ingested, and that’s why strict vigilance is required around acorn trees.

Peace lilies

The Lilium genus has many classifications including one of the Peace lilies. While they make for striking additions to bouquets, peace lilies should be kept far away from dogs and cats. Even if the leaf or petal is slightly licked, it can lead to tears in their mouth tissues and further ingestion can cause even more damage. So you should make your peace with the fact that lilies are a big ‘no’ around dogs!

Easter lilies

Easter lilies get their name from the holiday they appear to blossom most around. While it’s perfectly common to see the horn-shaped flower in its pristine white form, did you know it can be very toxic for your pets? All parts of this flower can cause severe stomach issues and even kidney failure. Due to this, it can often become fatal if not kept out of reach of pets.

Calla lilies

This type of lily is a flowering plant of the Arum family and a relative of the toxic Philodendron. Just like any other lily, this variety is also very poisonous to dogs and cats. Ingestion can lead to heart palpitations and even seizures if not medicated on time.

Rhododendron

A beautiful flower that blooms in bunches and signifies ‘red tree’ with its name, it has more than 1000 species in its family. The flower’s large size and distinctive color can be spotted from a mile away. Nevertheless, it is important to keep your pets away from this stunning beauty. The leaves are very toxic, while the flower and nectar can also be harmful. The honey from it has been known to cause poisoning in humans too.

Sago Palms

Don’t be fooled by the name, this palm is a cycad and highly toxic for all pets. The seeds contain the highest toxicity levels and can even lead to organ failure in pets, so beware! You’re likely to find it in office corners and hotel lobbies, so it’s important to keep an eye on your pets in public areas too.

Holly berries

Ever thought of munching your Christmas décor? Whether it’s you or your pet, it’s never a great idea with these berries since they are very toxic for both humans and their pets. Keep your toddlers and pups away from this enticing fruit!

Oleander

Remember that list of toxic plants for humans and dogs? Oleander is pretty high on that list. Not only will each variety cause varying symptoms of poisoning, but a single leaf can be fatal for adults. So it’s best to do your research before you and your four-legged friend go camping in the great outdoors.

Jasmine

A member of the olive family, this tiny but powerfully sweet-smelling flower is a treat to the eyes. Unfortunately, this beauty must be kept out of reach of pets and children. Even one leaf or flower can cause alkaloid toxins to be very lethal for both humans and dogs. Not just ingestion, but even absorption through the skin through jasmine oil or any other source may cause allergies in pets.

Milkweed

This one attracts plenty of butterflies and is thus considered a gardener’s favorite. On the contrary, the Pet Poison Helpline lists milkweed as a variety that can lead to moderate to severe toxicosis in dogs. The signs of ingestion include nausea, drooling, heart problems, collapsing, tremors and it can even lead to death.

Can they be around toxic plants?

Let’s face it, dogs are curious creatures and it’s hard to keep an eye on them in the house at all times. So when you fear they’ve ingested something, the first thing you do is research the possibilities of its toxicity. But can they be around them at all?

Most pets will instinctively stay away from toxic plants since they smell fishy. But the younger ones can’t be trusted and their curiosity might get the best of them and lead to ingestion. Some can cause an allergic reaction from simply touching it. For this reason, it’s best to keep toxic plants well out of their furry paws entirely, whether they’re young or old.

That’s all, folks!

Now that you’ve got an idea of the most popular 72 plants and flowers safe and toxic for dogs, you can create a safe, secure, and caring home for your pets. Keep in mind that they are canines and their diets do not involve plants, so large consumption of even a non-toxic varieties can lead to health issues. Consult a vet immediately if you suspect your pup has been up to no good.

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