Plants that are Poisonous to Pets: Plants to Avoid on Pet-Friendly Properties

Creating an idyllic landscape is an involved process from conceptualization all the way to maintenance. It can be easy to get wrapped up in designing the ultimate curb appeal, creating privacy, or trying to make a client’s dreams come to life. So easy, in fact, that important details can slip through the cracks.

When a property has the dual purpose of meeting human standards and facilitating use by pets, certain considerations must be made that would otherwise be unimportant. Of those, ensuring that there are no plants that could harm the pets is paramount.

There are a handful of popular plants that are harmless to people but can be quite dangerous to pets. When designing a landscape for a property for pets, it is vital to know what those plants are and when not to use them.

Luckily, we have put together this handy guide to plants that are poisonous to pets. You’re welcome.

Poisonous Plants to Avoid on Pet-Friendly Properties

Aloe Vera

This beautiful medicinal plant is a staple of many landscapes thanks to its unique appearance and multi-use pulp. Where Aloe Vera can help heal humans, it is actually dangerous for dogs to consume. From vomiting to central nervous system issues, the issues that may occur when pups eat this otherwise lovely plant are extensive and best avoided.

Amaryllis

With gorgeous vibrant blooms, it is clear why these ornamental plants are popular as both indoor and outdoor décor. However, the bulbs contain alkaloid lycorine. When consumed by pets, the effects can be serious—sometimes even fatal. As such, it is best to save these admittedly beautiful flowers for properties without pets.

Begonias

With the ability to provide striking contrast and color year-round, Begonias are a common sight on well-appointed properties. Despite the pizazz they can add to a landscape, you should seek the attention of a vet immediately if they are consumed by your pet. This is due to the raphides, a type of calcium oxalate, that are contained within the plant.

Baby’s Breath

With unmistakable white blooms that would look at home at any wedding, Baby’s Breath is a lovely addition to any landscape that is not home to pets. They may look ethereal and harmless, but they can cause serious digestive issues that can make your pet extremely sick.

Daffodils

Popular thanks to their vivid blooms, Daffodils, unfortunately, suffer from the same pet-related issue as Amaryllis. The bulbs contain chemicals that severely impact the health of your pet, leading to potentially deadly conditions. As stunning as these Spring flowers are, they should be avoided at all costs if your property is shared with a furry friend.

Peace Lily

Deep green foliage complements bright white petals when these timeless flowers bloom. Peace Lilies are magnificent and are a wonderful inclusion in any landscape not frequented by canine or feline companions. They contain calcium oxalate crystals, similar to Begonias, that can cause dangerous adverse reactions in pets that consume them.

Sago Palm

Perfect for accenting other palms or creating visual texture along walkways, Sago Palms are renowned for their rich green coloring and bush-like tropical appearance. While they can harm humans with their relatively sharp needles, all parts of Sago Palms are toxic to pets. If consumed, liver failure and death can occur, making these iconic Florida plants a must-avoid for pet owners.

 

Planning your dream landscape is an extensive process and making it pet-friendly is absolutely vital to their safety. While we managed to highlight several of the most common plants that can severely harm your pets, there are others that can cause health problems. As such, it is important to work with an experienced landscape professional when crafting your property to fit both your vision and the needs of your pet.

Landcrafters has been assisting the businesses and residents of Florida create their idyllic landscapes for over 20 years. In that time, our trained professionals have become adept at identifying potential problem plants for your pets and developing alternative solutions that are equally as beautiful but entirely safe.

We encourage you to reach out to us with any landscape questions, including those related to your furry friends. We are happy to help you hone your plan for your property and your pets. In the meantime, be sure to check out our free blog, where we frequently share help landscaping information, tips, and tricks like those above.