The Good and the Bad



Safe Plants for Birds to Munch on or Play with.
(in moderation)

  • American Bittersweet
  • Apple (except seeds)
  • Arbutus
  • Ash
  • Aspen
  • Autumn olive
  • Bamboo
  • Barberry
  • Beech (American and European)
  • Birch
  • Bladdernut
  • Blueberry
  • Comfrey
  • Coralberry
  • Cotoneaster firethorn
  • Cottonwood
  • Crabapple
  • Dogwood
  • Elderberry
  • Elm
  • Eucalyptus
  • Ferns
  • Fig plants
  • Fir
  • Grape ivy
  • Grape vine
  • Hawthorn
  • Herbs (most)
  • Huckleberry
  • Larch
  • Manzanita
  • Marigold
  • Nasturtium
  • Pine (all)
  • Poplar
  • Pothos
  • Pyracantha
  • Raspberry
  • Rose
  • Snowberry
  • Spruce
  • Spider plant
  • Spruce (all)
  • Swedish ivy
  • Viburnum
  • Wax plant
  • White poplar
  • Willow

Plants that are poisonous or harmful to pets.

According to data compiled from January 2001 to December 2004, the most commonly reported plants with the potential to produce life-threatening problems in pets were Lily, Azalea, Oleander, Sago Palm and Castor Bean.  We typically recommend that pets not be allowed to eat plants in general.  However, it is especially critical that these plants be kept out of the reach of animals, as they have the potential to cause serious, even fatal systematic effects when ingested.



Aconite roots, foliage, seeds garden flower
Apple seeds cultivated tree
Arrow grasses leaves marsh plants
Atropa belladonna entire plant & seeds garden herb
Autumn Crocus entire plant garden flower
Azaleas entire plant, CAUTION cultivated & wild shrub
Baneberry berries, roots wildflower
Bird-of-Paradise pods garden flower
Black locust entire plant & seeds tree
Bloodroot entire plant wildflower, herb
Box entire plant esp. leaves ornamental shrub
Buckeye sprouts, nuts, seeds tree
Buttercup entire plant esp. leaves wildflower, herb
Caladium entire plant house plant
Carolina jessamine flowers, leaves ornamental plant
Castorbean entire plant, CAUTION house plant
Chinaberry tree berries tree
Chokecherries leaves, cherries, pit wild shrub
Christmas berry leaves shrub
Christmas Rose rootstock, leaves garden flower
Common privet leaves, berries ornamental shrub
Corn cockle seeds wildflower, weed
Cowbane entire plant esp. roots wildflower, herb
Cow cockle seeds wildflower, weed
Cowslip entire plant wildflower, herb
Daffodil bulbs garden flower
Daphne bark, berries, leaves ornamental shrub
Day lily see Lilies, CAUTION  
Death Camas entire plan field herb
Delphinium (Larkspur) entire plant esp. sprouts wildflower
Dumb Cane entire plant house plant
Dutchman's breeches roots, foliage wild & garden flower
Easter lily see Lilies, CAUTION  
Elderberry leaves, bark, roots, buds tree
Elephant's ear entire plant house plant
English Ivy entire plant ornamental vine
European Bittersweet entire plant esp. berries vine
False Flax seeds wild herb
False hellebore roots, leaves, seeds ornamental flower
Fan weed seeds wildflower, herb
Field peppergrass seeds wildflower, herb
Flax seedpods wildflower, herb
Foxglove leaves wild & garden flower
Holly berries shrub
Horsechestnut nuts, sprouts tree
Horse nettle entire plant esp. berries wildflower, herb
Hyacinth bulbs wild & house plant
Iris leaves, roots wild & garden flower
Jack-in-the-pulpit entire plant wildflower
Jatropha seeds tree, shrub
Jerusalem Cherry unripe fruit, foliage ornamental plant
Jimsonweed entire plant esp. seeds field plant
Laburum seeds, pods, flowers ornamental plant
Lantana foliage house plant
Larkspur young plants wildflower
Laurels leaves shrub
Lily of the Valley see Lilies, CAUTION  
Lilies entire plant, CAUTION garden & wildflower
Lupines seeds, pods shrub
Manchineel Tree sap, fruit tree
Matrimony vine leaves, shoots ornamental vine
Mayapple unripe fruit, roots, foliage wildflower
Milk vetch entire plant wildflower
Mistletoe berries house plant
Monkshood entire plant wildflower
Moonseed fruit, roots vine
Morning glory seeds, roots wildflower
Mountain mahogany leaves shrub
Mustards seeds wildflower
Narcissus bulbs garden flower
Nicotiana leaves garden flower
Nightshade leaves, berries wildflower, vine
Oaks shoots, leaves tree
Oleander leaves, CAUTION ornamental shrub
Philodendrons entire plant house plant
Pokeweed roots, seeds, berries field plant
Poinsettia leaves, stem, flowers house plant
Poison hemlock leaves, stem, fruit field plant
Potato shoots, sprouts garden plant
Rattle box entire plant wildflower
Rhododendron leaves ornamental shrub
Rhubarb leaves garden plant
Rosary pea seeds house plant
Sago Palm entire plant, CAUTION ornamental plant
Skunk cabbage entire plant marsh plant
Smartweeds sap wildflower
Snow-on-the-mountain sap field plant
Sorghum leaves grass
Star of Bethlehem entire plant wildflower
Velvet grass leaves grass
Wild black cherry leaves, pits tree
Wild radish seeds wildflower
Wisteria pods, seeds ornamental plant
Woody aster entire plant wildflower
Yellow Jessamine entire plant ornamental vine
Yellow Oleander entire plant esp. leaves garden plant
Yellow pine flax entire plant wildflower
Yew bark, leaves, seeds ornamental tree


Household Appliances, Objects and Items that can be Deadly

  • Cleansers, soaps and detergents

  • Gasoline, kerosene and other fuel-oils

  • Caustic agents such as liquid drain cleaners

  • Insecticides, rodent poisons,and similar chemicals

  • Paint, thinners and similar products

  • Prescription and non-prescription drugs

  • Electrical cords

  • Sinks, tubs, or pots with water

  • Open toilets

  • Ceiling fans

  • Ovens, toasters and stove top burners

  • Scalding water in pots or from faucet

  • Heavy objects or books that could topple

  • Lids and doors to microwaves, toasters, bread boxes, etc.

  • Gas leaking from heater, stove or other appliance

  • Toxic fumes from overheated non-stick cookware (Teflon)

Very Dangerous Creatures
  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Other pet birds

  • Birds of prey

  • Snakes

  • Ferrets, weasels, raccoons, opossums  and others

  • Poisonous insects

  • Humans who are not careful

  • Humans who are angry at their pet bird

These are not all-encompassing lists.
There are other dangers that could be added to these lists.

For additional flora information visit the Texas A & M University horticulture website.  It contains links for different states.


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Copyright 2004 [Southeast Texas Avian Rescue, Inc.]. All rights reserved. Revised: 12/10/11