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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 (and your children).

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

Alcohol (all beverages, ethanol, methanol, isopropyl)

Almonds*

Alocasia

Amaryllis bulb*                             

Apricot*

Arrowgrass

Autumn crocus ( Colchicum autumnale)*

Avocado (leaves, seeds, stem, skin)*

Azalea (entire rhododendron family)

Baneberry

Bayonet

Beargrass

Begonia*

Bird of Paradise

Bittersweet

Black-eyed Susan

Black Locust

Bleeding heart*

Bluebonnet

Bloodrot

Box

Boxwood

Bracken fern

Buckeye

Burning Bush

Buttercup (Ranunculus)

Caffeine

Caladium*

Calla lily*

Canada Yew

Candelabra

Cactus

Castor bean* (can be fatal if chewed)

Ceriman

Cherry

Chinaberry

Chinese sacred or heavenly bamboo*

Chocolate

Choke cherry (unripe berries)*

Christmas Rose

Chrysanthemum (a natural source of pyrethrins)

Clematis

Coriaria

Cornflower

Corydalis

Crocus bulb

Croton (Codiaeum sp.)

Crown of Thorns

Cyclamen bulb

Daffodil

Daphne

Datura

Deadly Nightshade

Death Camas

Delphinium, larkspur, monkshood*

Dicentrea

Dieffenbachia

Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia)*

Easter Lily

Eggplant

Elderberry (unripe berries)

Elephant Ear

English ivy (All Hedera species of ivy)

Fig (Ficus)

Euonymus

Evergreen Ferns

Ficus

Flax

Four-o'clocks (Mirabilis)

Foxglove (Digitalis)

Garlic*

Golden Glow

Gopher Purge

Hellebore

Hemlock

Henbane

Holly berries

Honeysuckle

Horsebeans

Horsebrush

Horse Chestnut

Hyacinth bulbs

Hydrangea*

Iris corms

Iris Ivy

Jack-in-the-pulpit*

Japanese Yew

Java Beans

Jessamine

Jerusalem Cherry

Jimson weed*

Jonquil

Jungle Trumpets

Kalanchoe*

Lantana*

Larkspur

Laurel

Lily (bulbs of most species)

Lily-of-the-valley

Lily Spider

Locoweed

Lupine species

Malanga

Marigold

Marijuana or hemp (Cannibus)*

Milkweed*

Mistletoe berries*

Mock Orange

Monkshood

Morning glory*

Mountain laurel

Mushrooms

Narcissus, daffodil (Narcissus)

Nettles

Nightshade

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

Oleander*

Onions*

Peace Lilly

Peach*

Pencil cactus plant* (Euphorbia sp.)

Peony

Periwinkle

Peyote Cactus

Philodendron (all species)*

Pimpernel

Poinciana

Poinsettia (many hybrids, avoid them all)

Poison Ivy

Poison Oak

Pokeweed

Poppy

Potato (plant)

Potato (leaves and stem)

Precatory beans

Privet

Rhododendron

Rhubarb leaves*

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

Rubber Plant

Schefflera (umbrella plant)

Scotch Broom

Schefflera

Shamrock (Oxalis sp.)*

Skunk Cabbage

Snowdrops

Snow-on-the-Mountain

Spreading English Yew

Spurge (Euphorbia sp.)

Staggerweed

Starleaf

Star of Bethlehem

Sweetpea

Tansy Mustard

Tobacco

Tomatoes (leaves and stem)

Tuffroot

Tulip

Virginia Creeper

Walnut hulls

Water Arum

Weeping Fig

Wild Call Wisteria

Wild Calla

Wisteria

Yellow Calla

Yew*

** Information updated April 2, 2001