Precautions of Holly Plant - Knowledgebase Question

East Lansing, MI
Question by ezbz10
October 20, 2006
I was told that Holly Plants can be harmful to animals so we don't want to plant our new Blue Boy Holly plant where they play. Are they dangerous to animals?

Answer from NGA
October 20, 2006


Holly berries are toxic to humans so they should not be consumed, but I cannot find any reference to holly (Ilex) in the Cornell University's list of plants poisonous to animals ( It isn't likely that a dog or cat would eat holly leaves because of the prickly leaf margins.

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