All Things Gardening forum: ASPCA list of toxic & non toxic plants

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Name: Christine
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Christine
May 13, 2018 8:09 AM CST
Here's a good list to help if your not sure Thumbs up

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care...
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 13, 2018 1:32 PM CST
Thanks, Christine. This is the site I always refer to when I am asked about plant toxicity. However, I have always wondered how plants get listed there. I have long suspected that the postings are anecdotal rather than rigorously tested. Part of the problem is that as we know some people (and presumably pets) are more allergic to substances than others. In addition, there is the issue of quantity ingested needed to cause an adverse reaction. I have had some pet owners tell me that their pets may eat toxic substances but never more than enough to make them spit it up. It all makes me wonder?

Any veterinarians out there with expert knowledge on this topic?
Will Creed
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Name: Christine
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Christine
May 13, 2018 3:47 PM CST
Will, I often wondered myself because I have 2 cat's that have nibbled on some of my plant's and I've seen their reaction to some , just one bite has them foaming at the mouth and spitting out the leaves. They have learned on their own which ones to stay away from, there are only a few they can't stop eating if they get the chance which are my palm,shamrock and the wandering jew,those are kept where they can't reach.

I would like to hear a vet's thoughts also.
Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 15, 2018 5:46 AM CST
I refer people to this article, if they care to read and think about it. A lot of people just want a yes or no. Geoff is a veterinarian, pet owner, AND grower of exotic plants.
https://davesgarden.com/guides...

I trust Aggie Hort to have some level of rigor
https://aggie-horticulture.tam...

Around here, I bet you could ask people to name one toxic plant and they would say Poinsettia. I read elsewhere just today, they really aren't toxic. This from Mitchell Park Conservatory in Milwaukee
https://milwaukeedomes.org/Pla...
No one would name azalea, which ARE, and were planted with every single house built around here in the post war boom. so Shrug! Whistling
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Bookmon
May 16, 2018 2:52 AM CST
If I might add. I gave up during the Cs. I grow soooo many , heck- they should take away my license to have pets. So far, after decades, no problem.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 16, 2018 7:01 PM CST
Good information there, Sally. They say that one person's weed is another person's Orchid. It seems that one person's favorite fruit may be someone else's allergen. Poison ivy is another example of a plant that causes severe allergic reactions in many people while others are not bothered by it at all. There just doesn't seem to be a definitive answer for folks who inquire about a particular plant's toxicity.

My advice to parents with toddlers is to keep ALL plants out of sight and reach regardless. For pet owners, I refer them to their vet or to the ASPCA site.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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sallyg
May 16, 2018 8:48 PM CST
This site blogs about toxic plants and has some very interesting reading
http://www.thepoisongarden.co....
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
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bumplbea
May 17, 2018 1:53 AM CST
Thanks for all the handy links. Thumbs up
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Name: Christine
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Christine
May 17, 2018 6:07 AM CST
Thank You! Sally for adding more informative sites to check out

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