Beautiful yet poisonous – 19 common plants and flowers to watch out for

These 19 plants and flowers are popular decorations around the house and garden. But did you know they are actually poisonous to cats?

Ingestion of (parts of ) the plant or flower can result in problems with the respiratory system, digestive tract, cardiac problems and even death.
Be extremely careful with the following flowers and plants*/**:


Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.)


Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)


Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron sp.)

Castor Bean

Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)


Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum sp.)

Wild cyclamens

Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.)

Dieffenbachia houseplant

Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia sp.)

Hedera Helix

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

Kalanchoe Sokotra

Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sp.)

Lilium candidum

Lilies (Lilium sp.) –
extremely poisonous! Even ingesting some of the pollen can result in serious illness!

Cannabis sativa

Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)

Nerium oleander flowers

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Spathiphyllum cochlearispathum

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)

Epipremnum aureum

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Cycas inflorescence

Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)

Pani Koorkka

Spanish thyme (Coleus ampoinicus)


Tulip and Narcissus bulbs (Tulipa and Narcissus sp.)

Taxus baccata

Yew (Taxus sp.)


Daffodils (Narcissus sp.)

Should your cat experience problems breathing or eating, excessive drooling, excessive drinking and urinating, vomiting, diarrhea, or a fast, slow or irregular heartbeat, please contact your vet immediately!

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*Please note that this is a list of the most commonly occurring flowers and plants only
** Please note that we are not responsible for the representability of the images included in this blog post. When in doubt about whether a plant is harmful for your cat, please contact your vet.

Source images: Wikipedia