Are Succulents Poisonous?
Learn Which of Them Can Harm You and Which Cannot

Succulents are pleasing to the eyes. But some of these beautiful plants are poisonous. They can harm you to some extent. They are particularly dangerous for your pets. Let's find out which succulents can harm you or your pets!

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April 25, 2021


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Introduction

It is fashionable, nowadays, to have a succulent as your room or garden plant. The beautiful leaves and flowers of succulents made them very popular. But all that glitters is not gold. Some of these beautiful plants are poisonous.

Poisonous succulents can harm humans as well as animals. In general, animals are more at risk from these poisonous plants. So, it is very important to know beforehand which succulents are poisonous. Otherwise, you can risk harming your kids and pets.

Did you Know?

Poison is a defense mechanism for plants. It protects them from animals and other pests.

Too often you will find thorny succulents. Thorns are also a way of nature to protect succulents as they keep trouble away. Succulents are often secured by double protection of thorns and poison.

As a rule of thumb, succulents with thorns are poisonous too. These plants can harm your kids and pets. Some of the common poisonous succulents are Euphorbia, Aloes, Agaves, Jade Plant, Alligator Plant, Elephant Ear, Panda Plant, Christmas Cacti, and Snake Plant

9 Poisonous Succulents

Not every succulent is poisonous. Some of them are completely benign. If you want to identify poisonous succulents, spot thorns on their leaves or stem. 80% of the time, thorny succulents will be poisonous.

Thorny succulents are likely to be poisonous.

I will present you a visual guide of the most common poisonous succulents. You can use it to take all the necessary precautions. Following are the 9 common poisonous succulent species/types.

1. Euphorbia or Milk Plant

Euphorbia is a succulent family. There are around 2,008 succulents that belong to this family. Succulents belonging to this family are very toxic. This succulent family is also very common. However, not everyone knows these plants are poisonous.

2,008 different succulents belong to Euphorbia genus.

Euphorbia have white saps of poison in their leaves and stems. Due to this liquid sap, succulents of this family are also called Milk Plant. The sap containing white liquid is poisonous for humans as well as animals.

The poisonous fluid can burn skin. Also, upon consumption, the poison can cause diarrhea, stomach pain, and intense vomiting in both humans and pets.

A typical Milk Plant

2. Aloes

Aloe is a common family of succulents. There are over 550 succulents that belong to this family. Many succulents of this group are

While Aloes have proven health benefits for humans, some succulents of this group are toxic for dogs, cats, and other pets.

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But some succulents belonging to this family are poisonous for pets. They have toxic sap of liquid stored in their leaves and stems. Once pets come in contact with this sap, they can face severe diarrhea that can prove fatal.

Aloes also have saponin. Saponin is naturally occurring soap which is highly toxic for pets. So, if you have any of the Aloe plant in your house, make sure they are out of reach of your pets.

A common Aloe Vera

3. Agaves

Agaves are very popular houseplants. This is because they have beautiful leaves and flowers. However, not many people know that these plants can be toxic for pets.

270 different succulents belong to Agave genus.

There are 270 different succulents that belong to the agave family. Upon digesting the leaves of succulents belonging to this genus, pets can face indigestion, listlessness, and diarrhea.

A common Agave Plant

4. Jade Plant

Jade Plant is a very famous indoor succulent. Many cultures associate this plant with good luck. But there are few people who know this plant is extremely toxic for dogs.

Did you Know?

Jade Plant is also called Money Plant. In some cultures, planting Jade can bring wealth and prosperity.

There is an unknown substance in the stem and leaves of Jade Plant that is toxic. Upon consumption, dogs feel drained and lethargic. The

Jade Plant has an unknown toxic material. It causes lethargy and lack of coordination in pets.

toxic material can also upset the stomach of dogs.

The Money Plant

5. Alligator Plant

Alligator plant is also known by its scientific name Chrysanthemum. This is a very common houseplant due to its unique and beautiful shape. However, the leaves of this plant has a toxic steroid. This toxic material can harm both humans and animals.

Alligator plant has a steroid in its leaves that is toxic for both humans and animals.

Upon consumption, the toxic steroid can cause weakness, vomiting, and seizures in both humans and pets.

An Alligator Plant in all its glory!

6. Elephant Ear

Elephant Ear is sometimes called Dumb Cane. It is a very popular household succulent. It is often grown in pots and placed both in rooms and in garden.

The leaves and stems of this plant has a toxic material. Upon digestion, airways of animals can swell causing breathing issues. On the other hand, even upon touching, humans can have itching.

An Elephant Ear

7. Panda Plant

Panda Plant also goes by its scientific name Kalanchoe. Rugged beauty and low maintenance make this plant a very famous household item. This plant, however, is not animal-friendly. It contains poisonous sap that can affect animals.

While Panda Plant is benign for humans, consuming its leaves can cause problems for animals. They include drooling, indigestion, and vomiting. However, Panda Plant is not lethal. And animals can recover even if they consume leaves of the plant.

The Panda Plant

8. Christmas Cacti

Christmas Cacti are widespread houseplants. They have beautiful flowers. But they are also poisonous for dogs. While these plants do not harm cats, they can affect dogs badly upon consumption.

Keep your dog away from Christmas Cacti

When dogs eat the leaves of this plant, they face digestion issues. On top of that, they also have strong vomit. So, if you have this plant in your home, keep your dog away!

A blooming Christmas Cacti

9. Snake Plant

Snake plant goes by its scientific name Sansevieria. This plant is also very common household item. However, little is known about the toxicity of this plant.

Keep Pets Away!

Snake Plant has poisonous fluid-filled sap that can kill your pet.

The big leaves of this plant have a sap filled with toxic material. This compound can cause problems for your pet upon consumption. The compound is so toxic that it can fail the kidney of your pet upon consumption. So, it is advised that you keep this plant out of the reach of your pets and children.

Snake Plant in full swing!

Conclusion

There are many succulents out there. Not all of them are poisonous. Only a handful of them are toxic for humans. However, there are a few more that are toxic for pets including cats and dogs. So, if you have any of the toxic plant, make sure it is out of reach of your pets and children. You can read more about poisonous succulents here:

Are Succulents Poisonous to Cats or other Pets? No! Most of Them Aren't!

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By Jimena Bolívar

Easy Succulents Founder

My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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