Are Succulents Poisonous?

So… the big question .

Are Succulents Poisonous?

I’ll start with this.

When growing a succulent plant or a cactus, it is necessary to know if they have properties that may be toxic or harmful to people and animals, in order to avoid any contact that may be harmful.

Succulent plants are not exempt from dangers, although few are toxic.

That is why this article is focused on targeting succulent plants that can be considered dangerous and investigating the type of threat they offer, as well as offering tips and advice for their management.

So just to make it clear.

Once again.

Most succulents do not pose danger or risk to humans.

As for the degree of toxicity, this is usually quite low; So the greatest danger they present are the thorns of the cacti and the sharp or pungent leaves of some others.

The majority of succulents are not at all poisonous to humans.Many are used in very common medicines and ointments, some for centuries.However, several are poisonous to humans.

The euphorbias, in particular, are known to be toxic when touched or ingested, so take care when handling them.

Apart from this obvious threat, there are others, concerning their properties in a small group of succulents can be a danger to children or animals that tend to eat or put leaves or parts of their mouths in their mouths.

So I’ll talk about some this succulents and plants that can be poisonous.

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Are succulents poisonous

Euphorbias are a family of significantly toxic succulents.

These succulent plants contain a white sap or milky substance in their leaves that irritates the skin, causing eruptions in any area with which there is contact.

Therefore, it is advisable to wear gloves for handling, and for no reason to ingest any part of the Euphorbia.

Kalanchoe species also have a degree of toxicity, although they are not considered dangerous for humans, many of them are for animals.

If your pet ingests a Kalanchoe leaf it can fall ill, although they are rarely lethal.

It is recommended to visit the veterinarian when the first symptoms of intoxication become visible.

An example is the

Kalanchoes While not dangerous for humans,but can cause dogs and cats to become ill.

If ingested, the animal may show signs of vomiting or diarrhea, and sometimes (rarely) an abnormal heart rhythm.

The jade tree or Crassula ovata (also known as baby jade, jade plant, Chinese rubber plant, dwarf ficus, friendship tree, etc).

Is extremely toxic for pets, and can lead to vomiting, decreased heartbeat cardiac and ataxia (motor uncoordination).

Something similar also occurs with the Aloe family of plants, in which aloin is its main toxic agent. Aloine is bitter, yellowish in color, found in most species of aloe and can cause vomiting and redness of the urine.

Aloe Vera and True Aloe Probably one of the most popular succulent houseplants in the world, some aloe plants are, in fact, toxic to pets.

Saponins and anthraquinones found in aloe vera can cause lethargy, diarrhea, and vomiting (not in horses) if ingested.

Anthraquinones, anthracene, and glycosides found in true aloe can cause vomiting and a change in urine color (red).

I know a lot of you been asking are succulents poisonous dog or cat.

Here I talk about it.

Are succulents poisonous to dogs

Even the dogs with the best behavior can sometimes chew or eat plants.

When dogs chew plants, one of your first concerns should be if that plant is poisonous to your dog.

If your dog bites one of the following succulent plants, you may see a variety of symptoms depending on the plant he ate.

Jade plant (Crassula argéntea)

This plant is known by several names, including the rubber plant or the friendship tree.

The toxic substance in the jade plant is unknown. Toxicity symptoms may include vomiting, lethargy, lack of coordination and low heart rate.

Aloe (Aloe vera)

Aloe is a common indoor plant known for its medicinal properties. However, it is toxic to dogs if ingested.

Symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, loss of appetite, changes in urine color or tremor.

The toxic substance in the aloe plant is aloin, an anthraquinone glycoside that extracts extra water from the colon.

Planta Panda (Philodendron bipennfolium)

The panda plant is also known as a violin sheet and is commonly preserved as an indoor plant because it is easy to care for.

The leaves of this plant contain insoluble calcium oxalates, a type of crystal that irritates tissues. Signs of toxicity include mouth irritation, vomiting and difficulty swallowing.

Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)

The snake plant contains saponins. Ingestion of the snake plant causes mild toxicity, with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe spp.)

The genus Kalanchoe includes several species of ornamental plants with flowers and shrubs.

Kalanchoe plants contain cardiac glycosides that can cause lethargy, increased salivation, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

Kalanchoe can be a dangerous toxin if a large amount is ingested, causing irregular heartbeats, high heart rate, shortness of breath, severe weakness and collapse.

Sudden death has been reported in cattle in areas where Kalanchoe grows naturally.

Are succulents poisonous to cats

In full nature, a cat would instinctively know which plant to choose to purge.

But what if your cat is locked up at home.

You must be careful with the plants you use when there are cats at home, since many of the plants that are harmless to you and me, for them it can be highly toxic and Even poisonous

The (ASPC) puts at our disposal a list with names of toxic plants for cats that we can find in many homes.

Among the most toxic for your cats are lilies of all kinds (Lilium family) that with their ingestion they would cause renal failure in your pet even if he eats it in very quantities little.

Another plant that can cause serious damage to your cat is cannabis Sativa, also known as hemp or marijuana.

If  your cat ingest cannabis you will be putting it at serious risk, affecting hes central nervous system, causing loss of coordination, vomiting, diarrhea, salivation, increased heart rate, seizures, and coma.

I’m sure It’s not funny to see your cat on the edge of death, so you better not try.

Apart from these warnings, the list includes the following groups of plants and vegetables according to the type of poisoning they produce.

1.Plants whose lymph or whose latex can irritate or cause itching of the eyes or skin:

Araceas, dieffenbachia, alocasia, anthurium, arisaema, caladium, monstera, philodendron, xanthosoma, zantedeschia, etc

Euphorbiaceae, poinsettia, croton, pedilanthus.

Ficus, hevea y ficus.

2.Plants whose contact causes allergic dermatitis:

Amarillidaceas, alamanda, narcissus, jonquil, amarillis, clivia, crinum, hippeasthum.

Tiliaceas, Sparmania, indoor linden.

Composites, chrysanthemum

Tiliaceas, Sparmania, indoor linden.

Liliaceas, tulipan, chlorophythum, hyacinth, sanseviera.

3.Plants whose ingestion causes digestive disorders:

Araceas, liliaceas, amarillidaceas, aucuba, mimosa of japon, alamanda, euphorbiaceae, cyclamen, ficus,
bite, holly, rhododendron, azalea, blackberry.

4.Plants whose ingestion causes other disorders:

Severe renal disorders: philodendron and ficus.

Cardiovascular disorders: cyclamen, bite, rhododendron.

Nermal perceptions: yellowish, bite, bell, mimosa of japan,philodendron

If you have recognized any of the plants on the list and have them at home, under the same roof as
your cat, it is best to get rid of all those poisonous plants directly.

Another option is to teach your cat from an early age, or not to eat the plants, because that way he will also be safe.
even if we doubt the toxicity of our pots.

What to do if your pet eats a succulent

The symptoms of poisoning or poisoning are not always easy to identify, it can be digestive, nervous or hematological signs.

It is important to remember the plants we have at home to be able to administer the antidote

It is also advisable to look at what the dose may have been to indicate it at the vet.

Because succulent plants comprise such a variety of plants, the most important thing you should do if your pets eat a succulent plant is to identify the plant and call local animal poisoning control.

You can also call your pets veterinarian’s office for advice.

However, if your veterinarian is not familiar with indoor plants, you may need to contact a poison control center for recommendations.

Your veterinarian may have to consult with a toxicologist about any treatment that is needed.

If you keep houseplants, make sure they are out of reach of your pets.

You can avoid potential dangers for your dog by keeping toxic plants in an inaccessible area.

If your dog manages to eat a succulent, call the veterinarian immediately.

Succulents that are nontoxic

  • Blue Echeveria
  • Burro’s Tail — also known as Horse’s Tail, Donkey’s Tail, Lamb’s Tail
  • Ghost Plant — also known as Mother of Pearl
  • Hardy Baby Tears
  • Haworthia
  • Hens and Chickens — also known as Chickens and
  • Hens, Mother Hens, Chicks
  • Maroon Chenille Plant
  • Mexican Firecracker
  • Mexican Rosettes
  • Mexican Snowballs
  • Painted Lady — also known as Copper Rose,
  • Maroon
  • Plush Plant
  • Tree Cactus
  • Wax Rosette


Fortunately, succulents are quite safe plants in general but still, do a little research to find out what kind of succulents you have at home in case they pose a threat to any of your loved ones.