Hangtags on Shrubs/Flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Question by mjarmstrong
February 27, 2009
My husband&I are new to gardening.We recently went to the local H D to shrubs for our new home. We looked at the hangtag for info about each plant due to we have four dogs (we rescue) to make sure that they would not be harmful. Well, our luck we picked and planted Oleander. So my question is, WHY is the information on this website and the hangtag not mention that this plant is TOXIC!

Answer from NGA
February 27, 2009


Some plants have poisonous parts which can cause problems if consumed; in some plants all parts are toxic, and with some plants, leaves or stems can cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals. As a rule, ornamental plants are not designed to be consumed, either by humans or household pets. To complicate matters, there is a whole list of plants poisonous to animals, but not to humans. The hangtags on the plants are designed to give general plant care and mature plant size, but the tags are too small to include every detail about each plant. If you have pets you're concerned about, there is a great resource about toxic and poisonous plants through the ASPCA. Here's the website:

You can print out a list of plants to avoid and take that to your garden center when you're shopping for plants. This step will make your garden safe for your pets.

Best wishes with your garden!

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