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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Spring is here, however, be careful what you plant !

Well, Spring is almost here.  Yay !  However, as pet owners we must be very careful about what types of flowers we plant around our homes.

Yes, some plants can be very harmful to our beloved fur babies.  I found that out last year when I planted a flower that I liked then found out it is extremely harmful to pets.

This blog post is about flowers/plants that are harmful to our pets, so when you are thinking about what to plant this year, this information may be helpful on what to plant and what not to plant next time you are at your favorite nursery.

If you ever do have a pet that eats anything that is harmful, please contact the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center at 1 800 548-2423 or contact your veterinarian.

Below you will find a list of flowers that are harmful.  I have listed the most dangerous first so you can just completely avoid these when you go shopping.


Flowers and plants that cause death
Agapanthus
Azalea (in large amounts)
Cyclamen
Delphinium
Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)
Foxglove
Lantana
Larkspur
Mistletoe
Oleander
Rhododendron
Sago Palms


Flowers and plants that cause organ damage
(Kidney, liver, stomach, heart, etc.)

Azalea (in small amounts)
Crocus
Foxglove
Juniper



Flowers and plants that cause rashes 
(Dermatitis)

Cactus
Chrysanthemums
Ficus
Poison Ivy
Poison Oak
Pothos Ivy (in small amounts)
Primerose
Schefflera
Sumac


Flowers and plants that cause upset stomachs
(Vomiting, diarrhea, and gas)
Amaryllis                                      
Aster
Baby's Breath (Gypsophila)
Boxwood
Cala Lily
Carnation
Chrysanthemums
Clematis
Cyclamen
Daffodil (Jonquil)
English Ivy
Freesia
Gladiolas
Holly
Hyacinth
Hydrangea
Kalanchoe
Peony
Morning Glory
Poinsettia
Pothos Ivy
Scheifflera
Tulip

I hope this list will help in your decision.  Happy Planting everyone !

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