WE know to keep certain plants away from young kids – elephant’s ears and foxgloves are two that should be avoided – but we probably don’t think about protecting our pets in the same way.
Angie Thomas from Yates has put together a practical list of plants to watch out for around your furry friends.
– Chrysanthemum: Whilst they make the perfect gift for humans, chrysanthemum daisies should be kept away from curious pets, as both their leaves and flowers can be harmful if ingested.
– Tomato plants: If you’re growing tomatoes in your backyard, it’s wise to make sure these are securely fenced from your pets. Although it’s safe for your pet to eat small amounts of ripe tomatoes, green stems, leaves and unripe fruit contain solanine, which can be extremely harmful to dogs and cats if ingested in large amounts.
– Chives: Chives are delicious for us to eat but they can be toxic to our furry friends. Try growing chives in a pot, out of the reach of inquisitive cats and dogs.
– Lilies: These may be beautiful and fragrant flowers, but they are poisonous to felines. Types of lilies that are dangerous to our cats include peace, Easter, daylily, Japanese and Asiatic lilies.
– Hydrangea: This flowering plant contains toxins in both its leaves and flowers, which can upset your pets’ stomach and cause them to become lethargic. If you’re worried your four-legged friend may nibble on this plant, it’s best to grow hydrangeas in areas they can’t access.
– Devil’s Ivy: This is an extremely common indoor plant, but if ingested, devil’s ivy can make it hard for pets to breathe and swallow. If you would like to grow this leafy plant at your place, ensure it’s where your curious pets can’t reach.