How safe are your plants?

Those of us who’ve kept rabbits or guinea pigs have a sense of what’s safe to feed them. Dogs and cats often love to chew on plants too – and unfortunately quite a few plants are toxic or even downright dangerous.

Did you know?
Popular indoor plants such Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum), Devil’s Ivy (Epripremnum), Philodendron and Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria) can cause distress ranging from an upset tummy to a swollen tongue, organ failure and death.
Cut flowers should also be given a wide berth, especially lilies, carnations, chrysanthemums and daffodils. If you’re a lucky recipient, check and rehome those flowers into a pet-free household. 
Peace Lily  Devils Ivy Mother-in-laws Tongue Carnatians Daffodil
Out in the garden, beware of all bulbs (think tulips, hyacinths, cyclamens, iris and gladioli), as well as traditional favourites such as azaleas, hellebore, hydrangea, tradescantia and oleander. Fence them off if necessary, and think twice about creepers such as clematis, ivy and wisteria.
Feeling ready to hang up your gardening gloves? Fear not, there are plenty of low-risk plants out there, and we will list some of those in a future post. For now, just factor in our pets’ natural curiosity when choosing plants. Engaging a design consultant with a horticultural background and petcare knowledge will help you rest easy as a ‘fur-parent’.


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