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Apr 11, 2018 2:50 PM CST
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I've read that this is toxic. Does that mean I can not have it in my yard if I have dogs or horses? What if deer come up and eat it? I understand that it is a hummingbird attractor so they are ok.
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Apr 11, 2018 3:17 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Hi Gritsgal, and welcome. Are you referring to Iochroma with an " i " ? Yes, it is related to datura and brugmansia so it is a toxic plant. Many plants are toxic, but people still grow them. If you try to eliminate everything toxic from your garden, you will go nuts.

Milkweed, tomato plants, and many weeds you probably already have in your yard like nightshade and balsam apple are very toxic. If you have a dog or horse that samples bites of your plants, you just have to be sure your dogs and horses aren't able to eat the leaves or flowers.Keep them in a pot, in an inaccessible spot, maybe? Also rigorously train the dog/horse not to eat your garden plants! As for deer, they generally know instinctively what to eat and what not to. So do most pets, for that matter.

I have grandchildren who visit me, and I also grow brugmansias which are toxic. But I've never yet seen any of my grandchildren, or my pets for that matter, interested in eating any part of any of my plants (except the tomatoes and blueberries, that is). My brugs are pruned so high that the kids won't be able to reach them until they're old enough to know better.
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Apr 11, 2018 3:18 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Hi Gritsgal, Welcome!

Yes, Purple Violet Tubeflower (Iochroma Royal Queen™ Purple) is toxic. Oh and it's spelled with the letter i rather than L ... which had me confused a few years ago when I couldn't find it when googling Lochorma. Green Grin!

It does contain alkaloid toxins so if you have dogs and horses that tend to nibble plants, I would not plant it near an area that they have access to.
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Apr 11, 2018 3:22 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Sighing! We have two goofy Golden Retirever's who will eat anything and everything! I always heard they were intelligent dogs but I'm not so sure about ours. When we bought our current home the flower beds around the perimeter of the entire house were full of toxic rubber mulch and the dogs were eating it! We had to remove it all from the backyard, where the dogs have access. When we got our first Golden, we dug up 2 Oleanders from the backyard due to the fact that they are also highly toxic.
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