Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spring officially starts tomorrow!

With spring just a day away, it's time to start planning your garden. Keep in mind that there are some plants that are toxic to your pets. The entire plant may not be poisonous; maybe it's just the stems/leaves, the flower itself or the bulbs. I have a large assortment of plants/ flowers in my own garden and some of them are on this list. As long as your pet doesn't eat any of them, it should be safe. My dogs are never left unsupervised, so the most that happens is that the plants get peed on. They like to help me "water" them.

Here's a list of toxic plants…

Alocasia, Amaryllis, Apricot, Arrowgrass, Avocado, Azalea

Baneberry, Bayonet, Bear Grass, Bird of Paradise, Bittersweet, Black-eyed Susan, Black Locust, Bleeding Heart, Bloodroot, Bluebonnet, Boxwood, Buckeyes, Burning Bush, Buttercup

Cactus, Candelabra, Caladium, Cherry - Domestic and Wild, Cherry-Ground, Cherry. Chinaberry, Christmas Rose, Chrysanthemum, Clematis, Cornflower, Corydalis, Crocus, Autumn, Crown of Thorns, Cyclamen

Daffodil, Daphne, Deadly Nightshade, Death Camas, Delphinium, Dicentra, Dumb Cane

Eggplant, Elderberry, Elephant Ear, Euonymus, Evergreen

Ferns, Flax, Four O'clock, Foxglove

Golden Glow, Gopher Purge

Hellebore, Hemlock-Poison, Hemlock-Water, Holly, Horse Beans, Horse Brush, Horse Chestnuts, Hyacinth, Hydrangea

Iris, Ivy

Jack in the Pulpit, Java Beans, Jasmine, Jerusalem Cherry, Jimson Weed, Jonquil, Jungle Trumpets

Lantana, Larkspur, Laurel, Lily, Lily-Spider, Lily of the Valley, Locoweed, Lupine

Marigold, Marijuana, Mistletoe, Mock Orange, Monkshood, Morning Glory, Mushrooms, Mustard

Narcissus (Daffodil), Nightshade


Peach, Peony, Philodendron, Pimpernel, Poinciana, Poinsettia, Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Pokeweed, Poppy, Potato (especially the green parts), Privet-Common

Rhododendron, Rhubarb Leaves, Rosary Pea, Rubber Plant

Scotch Broom, Skunk Cabbage, Snowdrops, Snow on the Mountain, Staggerweed, Star of Bethlehem, Sweet Pea

Tansy, Tobacco, Tomato (leaves, stems, any of the green part)

Virginia Creeper

Weeping Fig, Wild Call, Wisteria

If you feel like your pet has eaten something toxic or been poisoned, call the ASPCA, Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.

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