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Dog Friendly Plants

With the vast variety of plants and flowers, it’s easy to get excited about enhancing our gardens, planting a new perennial or potting up a container of flower bulbs. If you have a special canine friend in your life, consider planting dog friendly.

Dog Friendly Plants

Our pets enjoy our yards and gardens as much as we do, it’s a place to have fun, play, and bond with each other. Choosing plants that are more agreeable to our pets eases worries that they’ll nibble on something that’s not good for them. To help gardeners and pet parents, we’ve compiled a listing of the dog friendly plants that Florissa retailers carry.

This list is only intended as a guide. If you think your pet is showing a bad reaction having eaten any plant or flower, please contact your veterinary clinic for advice or immediate treatment. Just like people, our pets can be sensitive and show allergic reaction to any plant.


Note: The Latin Name is given first, followed by the common name.

  • Actaea – Bugbane
  • Ajuga – Bugleweed
  • Alcea – Hollyhock
  • Astilbe – Astilbe
  • Aquilegia – Columbine
  • Bergenia – Heartleaf Bergenia
  • Buddleia – Butterfly Bush
  • Campanula – Bellflower
  • Centaurea – Corn Flower
  • Coreopsis – Tickseed
  • Cyrtomium – Holly Fern
  • Dryopteris – Leather Wood Fern
  • Echinacea – Cone Flower
  • Echinops – Globe Thistle
  • Geranium – Cranesbill
  • Gypsophilia – Baby’s Breath
  • Helianthus – Sunflower
  • Hemerocallis – Day Lily
  • Heuchera – Coral Bells
  • Hibiscus – Rose of Sharon
  • Incarvillea delavayi – Hardy Gloxinia
  • Jasminium – Jasmine
  • Knifophia – Torch Lily
  • Liatris – Blazing Star
  • Lilium oriental – Oriental Lily
  • Lilium speciosum – Species Lily
  • Lilium tigrinum – Tiger Lily
  • Liriope muscari – Turf Lily
  • Monarda – Bee Balm
  • Nepeta – Catmint
  • Phlox subulata – Moss Phlox
  • Phlox paniculata
  • Potentilla – Cinquefoil
  • Rudbeckia – Cone Flower
  • Scabiosa – Pinchusion Flower
  • Sedum – Sedum
  • Sempervivum – Hens and Chicks
  • Thyme – Herb Thyme
  • Veronica – Speedwell
  • Viola – Violet (seeds are toxic)


Note: The species of lilies listed below are considered ‘safe’ for dogs. However, cats are especially vulnerable to lilies, which can cause acute kidney failure.

  • Agapanthus – Lily of The Nile
  • Freesia – Freesia
  • Liatris – Blazing Star
  • Lilium Asiatic – Asiatic Lily
  • Lilium longiflorum – Trumpet Lily, Easter Lily
  • Lilium oriental – Oriental Lily
  • Lilium speciosum – Species Lily
  • Lilium tigrinum – Tiger Lily
  • Muscari – Grape Hyacinth
  • Sinningia – Gloxinia

Small Fruits

Note: The following small fruits (in small amounts) and plants are considered safe for dogs. Be sure to choose organic options for fertilizers and pest control in your garden.

  • Fragaria – Strawberry
  • Rubus – Blackberry
  • Rubus – Raspberry
  • Vaccinium – Blueberry

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11 Responses to Dog Friendly Plants

  1. Leona Gallos May 17, 2018 at 6:34 am #

    I would like to no if my perennial Shasta daisy is safe for my dogs

    • Sue February 20, 2020 at 7:54 am #

      The ASPCA has a very comprehensive list of safe and dangerous plants. It’s not very useful for planning, but it’s great for checking a single species.

  2. Leona Gallos May 20, 2018 at 10:42 am #

    I would like to no if my perennial are safe for my dogs .Shasta daisy ; Jacobs ladder;
    Blue flax and clematis

  3. Angela flynn May 24, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

    Does anyone know if Calibrachoa plant is safe for dogs.

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  5. Kathy March 12, 2019 at 9:05 am #

    My dog seems to like eating the Iris and I have daisies all over can you tell me if they’re OK

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  7. Cora September 6, 2019 at 10:12 am #

    My cat wants to chew on the Veronica White Wands is that safe or toxic for cats?

  8. bg July 20, 2020 at 7:59 am #

    lavender is listed as toxic to dogs on the ASPCA website. can you clarify?

  9. Florissa July 20, 2020 at 10:48 am #

    It looks like the ASPCA has made some updates to their list and have now added Lavandula (Lavender) to it – we will update our list accordingly.

  10. Carole Ann Busick February 16, 2021 at 6:28 am #

    Hello! What a great site! I hope you will not mind my input on the dog safe list.

    Holly fern as well as jasmine are indeed poisonous to dogs. I thought you would want to know.
    Thank you
    Carole Busick

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