Mandevilla poisonous to dogs

One of the popular members of the dogbane family, Apocynaceae, is the Mandevilla plant (Mandevilla spp.), tropical perennials with exotic and colorful flowers.

With over 100 species, this gorgeous climbing vine is grown to add a dramatic effect to the summer gardens and well-lit landscapes.

Mandevillas get their common name, Rock Trumpet or Trumpet Vine, due to their showy, bold, and fragrant blossoms which resemble the shape of a trumpet.

This creeper flowering plant takes one growing season to climb the walls up to 10’ feet high and produces attractive flowers in various hues of white, yellow, orange, pink, red, and purple.

Another Apocynaceae considered poisonous, Desert Rose.

These decorative plants seem as attractive to insects, bees, and animals, as they do to garden owners.

Being a native to warm climatic regions of Mexico, Central and South America, West Indies, and South Western states of U.S., Mandevilla plants grow year-round and survive winters fairly well even when grown in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hardiness zones 9 to 11.

They prefer to remain indoors during the winter months.

Rock Trumpets love growing in bright, sun-lit areas in nutrient-rich, well-drained soil.

While being an easy care vine, they require some regular maintenance to keep them free from pests and diseases.

Mandevilla vines are displayed as a centerpiece in a spring garden or bless the garden as a decorative patio plant or trellis vines with attractive blooms.

Is The Mandevilla Vine Poisonous or Toxic?

As per the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Mandevilla Plants are not included in the list of highly toxic poisonous plants for cats category.

However, Mandevilla belongs to the dogbane family consisting of some poisonous members like Oleander in USDA zones 8-10 and Periwinkle in USDA zones 4-9.

Mandevillas are not edible plants; hence when ingested certain health issues can result in humans and animals.

While these plants won’t cause severe poisoning, they may result in mild indigestion.

Due to the low levels of toxicity of Mandevillas, it is best to keep children and pets away from these exotic plants.

What Parts Of The Mandevilla Plant Are Poisonous or Toxic?

Animals and toddlers having sensitive stomachs are prone to mandevilla poisoning by the ingestion of roots, leaves, stems, and flowers.

All the parts of the mandevillas contain certain toxic properties which are harmful to the pets.

Rock Trumpet plants contain a milky white sap which flows out from broken or cut areas of the plant, especially the stems and leaves.

When this sap comes in contact with the skin, it causes irritation.

The sap can stick to the skin of your furry friend and cause mild itching as well.

While the sap doesn’t taste appetizing at all, your pet can fall sick if large quantities of the plant are chewed or eaten.

Another problem with the plant is it is susceptible to pests and pesticides are used to get rid of them.

The chemicals in pesticides layer on the surface of the leaves and blooms and are harmful if licked or ingested by the pet.

This can lead to indirect poisoning through the plant.

What Are The Symptoms Of Poisoning?

The symptoms of Mandevilla plants are similar to the ones caused by other mildly toxic plants.

It causes stomach discomfort, nausea, and vomiting.

The milky sap can lead to skin irritation.

An allergic reaction will take place causing sores around lips and mouth if the sap is tasted.

Children show symptoms much faster than adults.

Pets, usually attracted by the tropical looks of the plant, ingest, chew, or bite large quantities of this plant, which could make the symptoms more severe.

Check for sores and rash around your baby’s or pet’s mouth.

Vomiting, diarrhea, and an upset stomach are also tell-tale signs.

How to Protect Yourself While Handling the Mandevilla Plant?

The ends of the new growth of the mandevilla plants are often pinched off in early spring and the plants are pruned and cut back.

While doing so, there’s a risk of exposure to its milky-sap.

Hence, gloves should be worn while handling this plant to prevent the sap from oozing over your hands and fingers.

Protect children and pets by placing the plant out of their reach.

Do not allow your pet in the areas where these plants are grown and teach the children to never ingest any plant.

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

More General Botany Questions

Will molasses harm beneficial organisms in my garden?
April 06, 2009 – If I use molasses in the garden, I am hoping this will NOT kill the beneficial nematodes and my earth worms, or other good bugs such as lady bugs? Thanks.
view the full question and answer

Black Walnut tree in LA
March 12, 2012 – I was just given a black walnut tree and am trying to determine where to place it. I’ve read on your site that “Certain plants will not grow under Black Walnut trees because of the juglones that the …
view the full question and answer

Looking for leaves of milkweed plants for experiment
February 09, 2008 – I am an undergraduate chemistry student at the University of Portland and want to perform an experiment using milkweed leaves. How would I get milkweed leaves at this time of year? Any help you can p…
view the full question and answer

Ways to group plants
April 14, 2009 – Are deciduous plants and leaves and roots ways to group plants? I need the answer now; tell me the answer if some are wrong?
view the full question and answer

Which plants grow well together
April 17, 2009 – Please tell me what plants grow best together and which plants do not grow very good together
view the full question and answer

While plants and flowers are a great way to decorate, not every plant is safe for your home. We know poison oak shouldn’t be touched, and to keep poinsettias away from our pets, but did you know some of your favorite blooms may have toxic properties as well?

It’s important to err on the side of caution and educate yourself on the harmful effects a poisonous plant or flower can have. Common flowers like heathers, foxgloves and even some of the blooms on our site can have toxic properties. But with ProFlowers, you won’t go without knowing if a plant is poisonous or not. Our packaging includes information on plants and flowers that may be potentially unsafe if ingested.

To help you get a better understanding, we’ve rounded up a list of almost 200 common poisonous plants so you can be sure you’re picking the safest options. Most of these plants are safe to grow and keep in your home, but should be avoided if you’re concerned of accidental ingestion from a hungry pet or curious child. Browse through the list of plant names and make sure no one in your home is at risk.

Explanation of toxicity levels

Keep in mind toxicity levels can vary based on your level of contact with a plant. For example, a plant like black henbane is fatal even in low doses, whereas some plants you need to consume a large amount to experience side effects.

Here is a breakdown of the four levels:

  1. Major toxicity: These plants may cause serious illness or death.
  2. Minor toxicity: Ingestion may cause minor illnesses such as vomiting or diarrhea.
  3. Oxalates: The juice or sap of these plants contains oxalate crystals, which can cause skin irritations or more serious ailments like throat swelling, breathing difficulties, and stomach pain.
  4. Dermatitis: These plants may cause a skin rash or irritation.

With all four toxicity levels, it’s advised that you contact the Poison Control Center (800-222-1222) or your doctor.

If you notice that some common fruits are on the list, there’s no need to rush to toss out your last grocery run. Many toxic parts of plants such as cherries, apricots and peaches aren’t the fruits themselves, but other parts like the stem, leaves and seeds. These parts we never consider eating, so we never come in contact with them.

Special care for children and pets

Most plants we would never think to eat or touch, but for small children and pets that are unaware of harmful side effects, it’s recommended you keep them out of arm’s reach. For example, a peace lily is a very popular indoor plant given its ability to clean the air in your home. But it’s also highly toxic for cats and dogs, so try to keep the plant on a high shelf.

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Knowing which options can be harmful will not only help you make a better decision when picking out beautiful blooms and foliage, but also help you avoid an accident. Now that you are more educated on poisonous plants, you can browse our assortment of plant gifts and make the safest selection with confidence.

Poisonous Plants

Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants List

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: (888) 426-4435

This list contains plants that have been reported as having systemic effects on animals and/or intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract. Please note that the information contained in our plant lists is not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather a compilation of the most frequently encountered plants. Individual plants may differ in appearance from the photos used on our listings. Please be sure to check the name of the plant to determine its toxicity.

Also, be advised that the consumption of any plant material may cause vomiting and gastrointestinal upset for dogs and cats. Plants listed as either non-toxic, or potentially toxic with mild GI upset as their symptoms are not expected to be life-threatening to your pets.

If you believe that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, or if you have any further questions regarding the information contained in this database, contact either your local veterinarian or the APCC 24-hour emergency poison hotline at 1-888-426-4435.

Top Searches: Sago Palm | Tulips | Azaleas | Lilies

Printable Lists of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants:DogsCatsHorses

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

rate this answer

Not Yet Rated

Friday – May 17, 2013

From: Bakersfield, CA
Region: California
Topic: Non-Natives, Poisonous Plants, Vines
Title: Non-native vines poisonous from Bakersfield CA
Answered by: Barbara Medford


Are pink bower vines and stars and stripes mandevilla toxic to dogs?


Pandorea jasminoides ‘Rosea’ (pink bower vine) is native to New South Wales and Queensland Australia, and is therefore not in our Native Plant Database, which is limited to plants native not only to North America but to areas in which they grow naturally; in your case, Kern Co., CA.

There are four members of the Mandevilla genus native to North America, none are native to California. They are: Mandevilla brachysiphon (Huachuca mountain rocktrumpet), Mandevilla hypoleuca (Davis mountain rocktrumpet), Mandevilla lanuginosa (Plateau rocktrumpet) and Mandevilla macrosiphon (Plateau rocktrumpet). All are in the Aponaceae Family (dogbane) which is not a good sign. The Mandevilla ‘Stars and Stripes’ is also sometimes referred to as Brazilian mandevilla, so your plant may have been derived from a non-native plant, but they will all belong to the same family, Aponaceae. We are assuming that ‘Stars and Stripes’ is a trade name, a cultivar, selection or hybid; again, not in our line of expertise. However, we can give you some websites you can check for whether or not a plants has poisonous parts and it is better to know the scientific name for the search.

The lists often are only plants native to North America, but ordinarily if you search on one genus name (jasminoides or mandevilla) the information on the poisonous plants will be the same for all species of that genus. Here is our list:


University of Arkansas
University of Illinois

Toxic Plants of Texas

Poisonous Plants of North Carolina

University of Pennsylvania Poisonous Plants

Canadian Poisonous Plants Information System

California Poison Action Line

You should also check with your veterinarian to make sure some locally available plant has not been proved to be poisonous that is not on any of the lists.

More Vines Questions

Native Vines for Pacific Northwest
June 30, 2010 – Hello, I recently built a shed/pen for my large dog. I have a trellis horizontal above the fence to hide the shed from street. I live in Pacific NW. Do you have any suggestions on a nontoxic evergr…
view the full question and answer

Identification of vine with dangling fruit
March 03, 2009 – I live in a hollow with rolling hills all around. there are wild grape vines, wild cherry trees, walnut trees, rasberry canes, black berry canes, a persimmon tree,(the asgtringent kind), maples, hicor…
view the full question and answer

Identification of vining plant with red berries in California
January 28, 2016 – We found a vining plant next to and growing in our stream with gorgeous purple leaves in the fall after frost and a few sporadic clusters of smooth small red berries with little thorns on the vine. We…
view the full question and answer

Pruning time for Lonicera sempervirens from Pflugerville TX
August 08, 2011 – Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, When does the Wildflower Center prune its Lonicera sempervirens?
view the full question and answer

Want a vine, non-toxic to dogs, for Reno, NV.
September 11, 2012 – I want a non toxic (to dogs) vine for Reno, NV
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

  • This post contains affiliate links. Read more here.

Pet owners: before you go out and buy a pretty potted plant, do your research! Some are house plants poisonous to dogs, and can even be deadly—so make sure you know before you grow.

Some dogs will take a bite out of pretty much anything. And for these dogs, toxic plants pose a serious threat.

You may know about some outdoor plants that are toxic to pets (azaleas, tulips, oleander, and amaryllis, for example), but indoor plants can be just as risky.

In this article, we’ll profile 15 popular house plants that are dangerous for dogs, along with photos for quick identification, as well as alternatives that are safe for dogs, cats, and children.

Pro tip: keep a pet first aid kit on hand, whether you assemble it yourself or buy a handy pre-made one.

If you believe your dog has ingested a poisonous plant call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for advice on next steps at (888) 426-4435.

15 common house plants poisonous to dogs

  1. Aloe vera
  2. Ivy
  3. Jade
  4. Dumb cane
  5. Philodendron
  6. Pathos
  7. Sago palm
  8. ZZ plant
  9. Elephant ear
  10. Corn plant
  11. Asparagus plant
  12. Desert rose
  13. Bird of paradise
  14. Peace lily
  15. Chinese evergreen

1. Aloe vera

Even though it can be very healing for humans, aloe is on the list of poisonous plants for dogs. Topical use of the gel found inside the leaves is no problem, but other components of the aloe plant can irritate a dog’s digestive system if ingested.

Alternative: Haworthia

Aloe plants can be replaced with safer succulents such as haworthia, also known as the zebra plant. You’ll get a similar soft spiny look, without the risks.

Buy Now on Amazon for $15.48

2. Hedera helix, or ivy

Ivy sure looks pretty falling from a bookshelf, but things will not be pretty if your dog eats its leaves. Symptoms range from the minor, such as breathing difficulties or a rash, to the severe, such as paralysis or even coma.

Alternative: Swedish ivy

For something that can still cascade beautifully from a bookshelf or hanging pot, try Swedish ivy instead. It’s easy to care for and grows quickly with little maintenance.

Buy Now on Amazon for $10.49

3. Jade plant (Crassula ovata)

A rubber plant popular for its hard-to-kill properties and ability to live for up to 100 years, Crassula ovata, commonly known as jade, is toxic to pets and can cause vomiting and a slow heart rate in addition to a harder-to-identify symptom: depression.

Alternative: Christmas cactus

With plump leaves and a slight shine, Christmas cactus serves as a good stand-in for jade. Christmas cactus is hardy and easy to care for. In ideal conditions, you’ll see more good growth and a yearly set of red or bright pink flowers (not always on Christmas).

Buy Now on Amazon for $11

4. Dieffenbachia, or “dumb cane”

It’s a common houseplant with an uncommon name. Chewing on the leaves of this low maintenance plant can lead to severe swelling and burning of the mouth and tongue, which can, in turn, lead to difficulty breathing and in severe cases, death.

Alternative: prayer plant

For a safer variegated leaf, try the prayer plant, which can tolerate low-light conditions and infrequent watering.

Buy Now on Amazon for $11

5. Philodendron

Like Dieffenbachia, philodendron is a popular pick for its low maintenance needs, but if ingested, can result in severe oral irritation and digestive issues, spasms, and even seizures.

Alternative: areca palm

If the tropical style of the philodendron is what attracted you in the first place, consider an areca palm instead. With proper care, you can expect an areca palm to reach a height of 6-7 feet and live for up to a decade.

Buy Now on Amazon for $7.99

6. Epipremnum aureum, AKA “pothos” or “devil’s ivy”

Like its close cousin philodendron, pothos is a hard-to-kill house plant with very few needs. Unfortunately, that means it can also cause the same symptoms as philodendron if ingested.

Alternative: spider plant

Replace pothos with a spider plant, which also looks great from a hanging basket. Like pothos, spider plants are easy to grow (and difficult to kill).

Buy Now on Amazon for $13.99

7. Cycas revoluta, or “sago palm”

Sago palm lends an instant exotic look to your home, but every single part of the plant—from the seeds and the roots all the way to the leaves—is poisonous and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and in some cases, liver failure.

Alternative: parlor palm

For a similar aesthetic, try the parlor palm, which also grows upright and brushlike. You can count on it to stay roughly the same size, making it a fun and predictable design element.

Buy Now on Amazon for $13.99

8. Zamioculcas, or “ZZ Plant”

Attractive to homeowners and office dwellers with little to no light, the ZZ plant can cause adverse reactions such as vomiting and diarrhea.

Alternative: cast iron plant

Instead of the ZZ plant, try a cast iron plant, which also tolerates low light and has a similar size and deep green shade.

Buy Now on Amazon for $25.44

9. Caladium, or “elephant ear”

Whatever you call it, caladium is a favorite for its colorful leaves. However, it’s bad news if ingested by your dog. Elephant ear can cause swelling and burning of the mouth and tongue, excessive salivation, and vomiting.

Alternative: Peperomia caperata

For a similar size and heart-shaped leaf, try peperomia. This plant also blooms annually, with interesting flowers that look like tails.

Buy Now on Amazon for $4.99

10. Dracaena fragrans, or “corn plant”

Vomiting—sometimes with blood—is the main symptom when the corn plant is ingested, but it can also lead to loss of appetite and depression.

Alternative: money tree

If you’re looking for a similar small tree look, without the ill effects, try a money tree instead. It’s hardy, needs very little care, and according to Feng Shui experts, might bring luck if you put it in the right spot.

Buy Now on Amazon for $4.99

11. Asparagus fern

It doesn’t just cause vomiting and diarrhea if ingested—it can also create skin irritation if your dog is exposed to it repeatedly.

Alternative: Boston fern

If you’d like a pet safe fern, try the Boston fern. Boston ferns are easy to care for if you know what they like: cool temperatures, high humidity, and indirect light.

Buy Now on Amazon for $39.95

12. Desert rose

Nothing beats the desert rose’s ancient-looking trunk and gorgeous blooms, but if your dog gets a bite, it’s not going to be pretty. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, irregular heart rhythm, and even death.

Alternative: African violet

While it’s a sacrifice in the height department, the African violet will delight you with beautiful purple blooms, without the worry.

Buy Now on Amazon for $5.99

13. Bird of paradise

The bird of paradise is an exquisite house plant, named after the flamboyant plumage of its namesake. If your dog finds it appealing enough to eat, you can expect nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness.

Alternative: tiger orchid

For an exotic flower that’s also named after an animal, try the tiger orchid instead. Like the bird of paradise, tiger orchids like tropical conditions, and benefit from living in a prime spot like a bathroom windowsill.

Buy Now on Etsy for $29.15

14. Peace lily

The peace lily is a choice house plant for those who want to create an elegant, minimalist look. But if your dog eats it, it’s not worth it. Peace lily can cause intense oral irritation, excessive drooling, and difficulty swallowing.

Alternative: moth orchid

For an indoor flower in the same sophisticated white, try the moth orchid. Like most orchids, moth orchids prefer warm and humid conditions, with plenty of indirect sunlight.

Buy Now on Amazon for $24.99

15. Chinese evergreen

The Chinese evergreen (pictured in the back of the basket above) is a great plant for people who want to add a splash of green to a room without much light. But this easygoing plant is hard on dogs who eat it and can lead to oral pain and swelling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.

Alternative: wax plant (Hoya)

For a safer variegated leaf, try a wax plant, or Hoya. A Hoya might need a little more light, but they’re still low maintenance, and, unlike the Chinese evergreen, might bless you with some star-shaped blooms.

Buy Now on Amazon for $4.99

Have a house plant that’s not covered here or something in the garden you’re not sure about? Wondering what all the house plants poisonous to dogs are? Check out our list of poisonous plants to dogs and cats to make sure it’s safe for your pets.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *