Common Houseplants Toxic to Pets

We know to keep certain poisons—like antifreeze—away from our pets, but many people don’t know how toxic their houseplants are. When we avoid growing these 12 houseplants that are considered toxic, we can help to keep our pets safe.

Aloe vera
Boston ivy
English ivy
German ivy
India rubber plant
Potted chrysanthemum
Weeping fig

Adapted from The Puppy Owner’s Manual, by Diana Delmar (Storey Books, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Diana Delmar. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from The Puppy Owner’s Manual, by Diana Delmar (Storey Books, 2001).

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Elena B.
Elena Bonati2 years ago

Thank you for the important information.

Pamela W.
Pamela W.2 years ago

Thanks for the list Annie - didn't know about the potted chrysanthemum ...... would the ones planted in the garden have the same nefast effect (if the cat goes out) ??

Pamela W.
Pamela W.2 years ago

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Liling O.2 years ago

Very good info. Thank you so much for this precious blog!
I am lucky I guessed, because we have Aloe Vera plants at home and my dogs and my two Congo African grey parrots has never "meddle " with these pots! In fact they feared the plants!
Guess it's kinda spiky for them.

Lydia Weissmuller Price

Very good information. Don't forget to keep kitties away from the potted herbs on your kitchen windowsill as well.

paul m.
paul m.2 years ago


Laura Saxon
Past Member 2 years ago

Great information.

Linda Jo Tracton
Linda Jo Tracton2 years ago

Thank you Stella. Great information.

Stella Gamboni
Stella Gamboni2 years ago

Don't forget amarylis, holly, baby's breath, bird of paradise, calla lily, Chinese jade plant, coleus, cyclamen, daffodil...etc.

See the ASPCA website

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.