We are so in love with this time of year because everywhere you look wildflowers are popping up to say hello. Vendors at the farmer’s market are starting to bring in flowers. Nurseries have fantastic offerings too. But what rains on my flowery parade is when I ask a flower vendor if they know if a particular plant or flower is toxic to cats and they say they have no idea. Nor do they seem to care! Don’t you agree that if they are selling something they should know such details? I keep copies of this list of toxic flowering plants in my car to enlighten stores and other vendors. Here’s the Cat Faeries list of flowers to avoid in Spring along with what will happen to a cat if one is eaten, or the water they sit in is licked. Copy and paste, then distribute!
(copy and paste to word processing, print and take it with you when you buy flowers or plants)
Cat Faeries Guide to Spring Flowers Which are Poisonous To Cats
- Azalea – heart failure and death
- Clematis – vomiting, diarrhea, mouth ulcers
- Crocus – severe vomiting and diarrhea, liver and kidney damage, respiratory failure, seizures
- Daffodils – any part of the flower, stem, leaves can cause vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea
- Delphinium – death
- Easter Cactus – vomiting and diarrhea
- Foxglove – vomiting, diarrhea, cardiac failure, death
- Gladiolas – vomiting, diarrhea
- Hyacinths – heart problems, tremors, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulty
- Larkspur – constipation, drooling, convulsions
- Lilies – All of them, any time of the year, absolutely all of them can kill your cat! Seizures are just the start! Flower, bulb and pollen are deadly.
- Narcissus – shivering, convulsions, tremors, cardiac arrhythmia and heart failure
- Rhododendron – Vomiting, diarrhea, coma, cardiovascular failure, death
- Tulips – heart problems, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulty
- Wisteria – vomiting, diarrhea, could be fatal
At our house about the only flowers you’ll ever see are fair trade/organically grown roses. You cannot go wrong with a nice bunch of organic roses – they cannot make a cat sick. But you do need to make sure that they are organic and fair trade – many roses are sprayed heavily with pesticides and are shipped to the US from other countries which is so cray-cray to us when they grow well here. Demand locally grown pesticide free roses.
Besides roses we love Lilacs, another safe flower. Sadly their season is short so enjoy them while you can. Other cat-safe flowers include: African violets, Alyssum, Calendula, Bachelor’s Buttons, Begonias, Columbine, Coneflowers, Gerber Daisies, Hollyhocks, Impatiens, Nasturtium, Orchids, Petunias, Snapdragons, Sunflowers, Violets, and Zinnias.
If you are like me and love flowering herbs these make very sweet little rustic bouquets, darling in Mason jars: Basil, Bee Balm, Cilantro or Coriander, Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lovage, all of the Mints, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme.
We also love giving and receiving flowers at other times of the year. This page will give you a pretty good overview of plants and flowers to avoid all year round: