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Toxic & Non-Toxic Plant Lists

There are several sources for plant lists and I suggest checking a few. Sadly, many do not include desert plants and I have started my own lists of these. Be sure to know the scientific name of the plant you are researching as common names can be used for multiple plants. Also to get through the list quickly you can search the pages using ctrl+F

ASPCA
For this one be sure to click on the plant name, not all toxicity levels are equal and some plants on this list only cause dermatitis…an issue, but a far cry from death

University of California

Garden Oracle
A great source for desert plant info

California Poison Control
For people and pets

Chickens
Not the best as it is all common names…but a place to start

Livestock
One missing from this list is Chinese Pistache, I unfortunately do not have the link, but at one time I searched endlessly for info on this plant and ultimately found that it was deadly to horses. The only truly safe tree I have found is Vitex, however, I have seen horses corralled under eucalyptus and be just fine…

My Dog Lists

Obviously dogs are the most common concern for homeowners. I have been slowly working to create my own list of desert plants. Like all lists note, each animal is different, and while some may not be affected by a certain plant, another will. Always keep an eye on your pets with new plants.

Safe Plants for Dogs

This is a list I continue to work on as many lists do not include desert plants. This list is only as good as my sources, and like all lists, I suggest double checking yourself and know that your dog may be different.

Trees
Chaste TreeVitex agnus -castus
Pygmy PalmPhoenix roebelenii
Vines
Lilac VineHardenbergia Violacea
Queen’s WreathAntignon leptopus
Tangerine CrossvineBignonia capreolata
Succulents
Hearts & FlowersAptenia cordifolia
Ice PlantLampranthus  spectabilis
Red Spike Ice PlantCephalophyllum alstonii
Purple HeartTradescantia pallida
Shrubs/Perennials
Angelita DaisyTetraneuris acaulis
Arabian JasmineJasminum sambac
Bamboo MuhlyMuhlenbergia dumosa
Blackfoot DaisyMelampodium leucanthum
Blue BellsEremophila hygrophana
Blue HibiscusAlyogyne huegelii
Cape HoneysuckleTecomaria capensis
ChuparosaJusticia californica
DamianitaChrysactinia mexicana
Deer GrassMuhlenbergia rigens
Elephant FoodPortulacaria afra
Golden EyeViguiera deltoidea
Sea LavenderLimonium perezii
Shrimp PlantJusticia brandegeeana
Winter Blaze EmuEremophila glabra ‘Winter Blaze’
Yellow BellsTecoma stans
Toxic Plants for Dogs

This is a list I continue to work on as many lists do not include desert plants. This list is only as good as my sources, and like all lists, I suggest double checking yourself and know that your dog may be different.

Trees
SagoCyaca revoluta
Texas Mountain LaurelSophora secundiflora
Vines
TBD
Succulents
FiresticksEuphorbia tirucalli ‘Fire Sticks’
Slipper Plant & Tall SlipperPedilanthus macrocarpus
Pedilanthus bracteatus
Moroccan MoundEuphorbia resinifera
Shrubs/Perennials
Asparagus Fern / Foxtail FernAsparagus densiflorus & 
Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myersii’
Golden Dew Drops / SkyflowerDuranta erecta
White PlumbagoPlumbago scandens
LantanaLantana sp.
But I have seen dogs eat this when grass is not present for the same reason/effect



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