Wednesday is National Pet Day and we are going to go over some of the best and the worst garden plants for pets. Pets may inevitably nibble on garden plants so it is important to know what plants are safe, versus which ones are not. Whether it be bulbs, leaves, roots or stems, different plants can be poisonous in different spots.
The following is a list of plants you will want to avoid.
Daisies – This is a very common garden and yard plant. Certain species may carry toxins.
Monkshood – This is one of the deadliest plants to humans and animals. Please avoid planting it.
Lilies – Cats will often chew on these but they are very poisonous. Ingesting them may cause vomiting, heart arrhythmias, seizures, and, ultimately, death.
Geranium – Commonly grown in outdoor gardens, containers, and hanging baskets, the Pelargonium species is toxic to pets, causing skin rashes, low blood pressure, lethargy, and loss of appetite.
Boxwood – Dangerous when a significant amount of its leaves are ingested by your pet. It mostly causes dehydration, due to severe vomiting and diarrhea.
Here are some of the better plants that will be beneficial to your pet.
Lavender – Adds a calming effect on pets and people!
African Violets – These are easy to grow and pet safe.
Petunias – The plant is also edible and quite tasty! The leaves make a lovely hued pesto and dogs can safely enjoy them as well.
Rosemary – It is great for culinary use and non-toxic for pets as well.
Catnip – This is one of the more obvious choices for a cat-friendly garden.
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