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Our Favorite Pet-Friendly Perennials

Pets are a member of the family and keeping them safe and healthy is a priority, both inside and outside the home. The vast majority of plants found in the garden are safe for dogs to chew on and eat, but we've learned first hand that eating any amount of plants outdoors (or whatever else they find!) can cause stomach discomfort with certain animals.

However, there is a list of perennials that are considered 100% safe and non-toxic for dogs and cats.

Pet-friendly perennials

Non-Toxic Perennials List that is Safe for Pets

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

  • Actaea – Bugbane
  • Ajuga – Bugleweed
  • Alcea – Hollyhock
  • Astilbe – Astilbe
  • Aster 
  • 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
  • Lavandula – Lavender
  • 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
  • Roses
  • Rudbeckia – Cone Flower
  • Scabiosa – Pinchusion Flower
  • Sedum – Sedum
  • Sempervivum – Hens and Chicks
  • Veronica – Speedwell
  • Viola – Violet (seeds are toxic)
Bulbs 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

     

    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
    To learn more about these plants and research other varieties of perennials we typically carry in our garden center, please refer to our plantfinder tool.
     
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