For a list of tree wood used in toys and perches, check our Wood Safety post, trees have generally not been included in the lists below. The following is a listing of common indoor and outdoor plants. Any plant eaten in excess can lead to gastrointestinal health issues or may carry other health risks in plants that are normally considered safe.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. (888) 426-4435 They can assist you with plant toxins, household chemicals as well as toxic foods.

Bird Safe Plants

These plants are reported to be safe for birds from reliable resources:

  • African violet
  • Bamboo
  • Basil
  • Beetroot
  • Bird’s Nest Fern
  • Blood Leaf Plant
  • Boston Fern
  • Bougainvillea
  • Bromeliad
  • Butterfly Ginger
  • Canary Island Palm
  • Chamomile
  • Clover
  • Cock’s Foot Grass
  • Cordyline Palm
  • Cornflower
  • Crape Myrtle
  • Crested Dog’s Tail
  • Dandelion
  • Dracaena
  • Dwarf Palm
  • Easter Lily
  • Elderflower
  • Eugenia
  • Flame Nettle
  • Fuchsia
  • Gardenia
  • Grape Ivy
  • Grape Vine
  • Honeysuckle
  • Hibiscus
  • Irish Moss
  • Jade Plant
  • Kalanchoe
  • Kangaroo Vine
  • Lemon Balm
  • Magnolia
  • Marigold
  • Nasturtiums
  • Orchids
  • Parsley
  • Peppermint
  • Petunia
  • Posies
  • Prayer Plant
  • Purple Passion
  • Quaker Grass
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Rubber plant
  • Rye Grass
  • Spearmint
  • Spider plant, also called airplane plant
  • Star Jasmine
  • Swedish Ivy
  • Thyme
  • Tiger Lily
  • Wandering Jew
  • Wheat Grass
  • Willow
  • Yorkshire Fog Grass
  • Zebra plant

Another excellent resource for safe plants is VCA’s article found here.

Controversial Plants (unverified)

Some pants have shown up on toxic lists and safe lists and if in doubt, contact your veterinarian or poison control. Use these at your own risk.

  • Aloe Vera
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Marijuana

Plants Toxic to Birds

  • Acokanthera
  • Amaryllis
  • Apricot
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Daffodil
  • Delphinium
  • Devil’s Ivy
  • Eggplant
  • Elephant’s Ears
  • Holly
  • Juniper
  • Larkspur
  • Laurel
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Mistletoe
  • Morning Glory
  • Monkshood
  • Philodendron
  • Poinsettia
  • Poison Hemlock
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak
  • Poison Sumac
  • Poppy
  • Pokeweed
  • Primerose
  • Ragwort
  • Rhubarb
  • Sage
  • Shamrock
  • Skunk Cabbage
  • Sorrel
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Tulips
  • Tomato Plant
  • Water Hemlock
  • Waxberry
  • Wisteria

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