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List Of Garden & House Plants Unsafe / Safe For Birds Is your garden safe for your birds? Rate Topic: -----

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Posted 2 October 2011 - 22:08 PM

Table 1. Plants Toxic to Birds Toxic Plant Toxic part(s) Specific Toxin(s) Symptoms

Avocado (Persea americana) Pit, leaves, unripe fruit, stems Unknown but related to cardiac toxicity Weakness, inability to perch, labored breathing, feather fluffing

Black locust (Robina pseudoacacia) Bark, leaves, seeds Robitin, robin Vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, depression, collapse

Blue-green algae (Microcystis aeruginosa) All parts Anatoxin A, mycrocystin Inability to swim or fly, abnormal posture, frequent defecation, respiratory arrest

Calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopiea) All parts Oxalates Oral irritation, difficulty swallowing, vomiting

Castor bean (Ricinus communis) All parts Ricin I & II, glycosidase Vomiting, diarrhea (may be bloody) Note: similar symptoms may be seen with ingested prayer beans, rosary peas or Seminole beads used in beadwork and rattles)

Christmas cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum) All parts including tubers and unripened fruit Solanine, atropine-like alkaloids, saponins Vomiting, diarrhea, irregular or rapid heart rate, difficulty swallowing, labored breathng, dilated pupils, no urine production, paralysis, seizures

Coffee beans, (Sesbania drumundii), Tea, Chocolate Beans (coffee) Leaves (tea), all chocolates especially dark Caffeine, theobromine, theophylline Nervous system stimulation, increased rate of breathing and heart rate, seizures, diarrhea

Diffenbachia (Diffenbachia spp.) All parts Oxalates Oral irritation, difficulty swallowing, vomiting

Elephant's ear (Colocasia or Alocasia spp.) All parts Oxalates Oral irritation, difficulty swallowing, vomiting

Ergot (Claviceps purpurea) All parts Ergopeptide alkaloids Poor blood supply to extremities, hyperexcitability, seizures

Foxglove (Digitalis pupurea) Entire plant, including water from pot or vase Glycosides, digitalis Vomiting, diarrhea, oral irritation, incoordination, irregular heart rate, collapse

Jerusalem cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum) All parts, including tubers, sprouts, and unripe berries Solanine, atropine Vomiting, diarrhea, irregular or rapid heart rate, difficulty swallowing, labored breathng, no urine production, paralysis, seizures

Jimsonweed (Datura spp.) All parts, especially seeds and leaves Atropine, scopolamine, hyoscyamine Irregular or rapid heart rate, difficulty swallowing, labored breathng, dilated pupils, no urine production, paralysis, seizures

Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) All parts Cardiac glycosides: convallatoxin Vomiting, diarrhea, oral irritation, incoordination, irregular heart rate, collapse

Locoweed (Astragalus emoryanus) Leaves Swainsonine, alkaloids Hyperexcitability, incoordination, vomiting, drowsiness

Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) All parts and latex (milky juice) Cardenoloids (cardiac glycosides) Oral and/or facial blisters, irregular heart rate, incoordination, collapse

Mistletoe (Phoradendron villosum) All parts, especially holly berries Viscumin, viscotoxin Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, labored breathing, irregular heart rate, collapse

Nightshade (Solanum spp.) All parts Belladonna, atropine-like alkaloids Vomiting, diarrhea, irregular or rapid heart rate, difficulty swallowing, labored breathng, dilated pupils, no urine production, paralysis, seizures

Oak (Quercus spp.) All parts Tannins Loss of appetite, diarrhea, increased thirst

Oleander (Nerium oleander) All parts Glycosides: oleadrum, neroside Vomiting, diarrhea, oral irritation, incoordination, irregular heart rate, collapse

Philodendron (Philodendron scandens) All parts, including roots Oxalates Oral irritation, difficulty swallowing, vomiting

Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcheriama) Leaves, stem, white sap Phorbol esters Vomiting, diarrhea, facial or eye irritation

Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) Roots, leaves, berries Saponin Vomiting, tremors, collapse

Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) Stem, leaves, sprouts, green skins Solanine, atropine-like alkaloids Vomiting, diarrhea, irregular or rapid heart rate, difficulty swallowing, labored breathng, dilated pupils, no urine production, paralysis, seizures

Rhododendron (Rhodedendron simsii), Rhododendron species (Azalea) All parts Andromedotoxin, grayanotoxin Vomiting, weakness, collapse, seizure, stupor, coma

Tobacco (Nicotiana spp.) All parts Nicotine Vomiting, diarrhea, hyperexcitability, seizures, muscle twitching, coughing, eye irritation

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolio) Berries, leaves Oxalic acid Vomiting, diarrhea (possibly bloody), drowsiness, stupor, renal failure

Yew (Taxus media) Wood, bark, seeds, leaves Alkaloids (taxines) Muscle tremors, difficulty breathing, collapse, sudden death



Table 2. Plants Safe for Birds Indoor/House Plants Outdoor Plants
African violet
American bittersweet
Aloe
Autumn olive
Areca palm
Australian laurel
Barberry
Bamboo
Bamboo palm
Bayberry
Begonias
American or European Beech
Balsam, Douglas, Subalpine or White Fir
Bird's nest fern
Black, Norway, Red, or White Spruce
Bladdernut
Blueberry
Boston fern
Bottle brush fern
Canary Island palm
Coralberry
Comfrey
Christmas cactus
Coffee tree
Common, European or Red Elderberry
Corn plant
Cotoneaster firethorn
Crabapple
Creeping fig
Danish ivy
Devil's ivy
Dogwood
Dragon tree
European fan palm
Fiddle leaf fig
Fig tree
Flame nettle
Grape vine
Hawaiian scheffler
Huckleberry
Indian laurel
Jade plant
Kangaroo vine
Lace fern
Lady palm
Maidenhair fern
Marigold
Ming fern
Mother fern
Mother-in-law's tongue
Nasturtium
Norfolk pine
Paradise palm
Parlor palm
Pepperomia
Ponderosa, Spruce, Virginia, or White Pine
Prayer plant
Purple passion
Pyracantha
Raspberry
Rose
Rubber tree
Snowberry
Spider plant
Umbrella tree
Viburnum
Wandering Jew
Wax plant
White poplar
Willow

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Posted 2 October 2011 - 22:12 PM

I see in the toxic one Tobacco so what about tobacco stalks used for nesting, could this harm the birds
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Posted 2 October 2011 - 22:20 PM

Did mention that one before, Fifer, and didn't get a response on the forum, but since then have seen and planted Nicotania in my front garden, it's also called the nicotine plant, so its maybe that one the list refers to. But I still don't use tobacco stalks.

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Posted 3 October 2011 - 09:18 AM

my birds especially young birds love to eat the leaves of the privot hedge never had them bad off this and scored with them so must be ok.

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Posted 3 October 2011 - 11:46 AM

View Postovy1255, on 3 October 2011 - 10:18 AM, said:

my birds especially young birds love to eat the leaves of the privot hedge never had them bad off this and scored with them so must be ok.


Another list shows both the wood & leaves of privet as harmful. Remember that some substances build up in the body over time, and don't cause problems until they reach a certain level. Don't know for sure, but privet could contain that kind of substance.

Strangely enough, pyracantha comes up as poisonous on that list?

http://www.parrot-an...-for-birds.html

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Posted 3 October 2011 - 12:56 PM

View Postovy1255, on 3 October 2011 - 10:18 AM, said:

my birds especially young birds love to eat the leaves of the privot hedge never had them bad off this and scored with them so must be ok.

Mine go for the box hedge,it doesn't seem to harm them but I try to discourage it,my wife planted it to stop the birds pecking in the borders which I think is a lot worse.

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Posted 7 October 2011 - 19:04 PM

great list that :emoticon-0137-clapping: :emoticon-0137-clapping:


seen one that deadly to us males too Mother-in-law's tongue :emoticon-0136-giggle: :emoticon-0136-giggle:

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 20:45 PM

yes interesting reading :emoticon-0137-clapping:
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Posted 30 November 2017 - 08:22 AM

an old one by the late IB, and interesting, any members thoughts on plants,
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Posted 30 November 2017 - 08:43 AM

I often and have heard of probs with Rhubarb leaves .

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 10:15 AM

A good plant to have in the garden is Verbascum. It is a herbal remedy for minor ailments and respiratory infections. Birds will peck at it. It is a constituent of some pigeon supplements currently on the market

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 11:40 AM

what was the plant that was good for keeping cats out of your garden ,but not good for birds ?/
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Posted 30 November 2017 - 13:33 PM

Lads plant livingstone daisies ,the green leaves are velvetly to touch and birds devour them.

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 14:28 PM

View PostTHE FIFER, on 30 November 2017 - 11:40 AM, said:

what was the plant that was good for keeping cats out of your garden ,but not good for birds ?/

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Posted 2 December 2017 - 08:59 AM

very interesting any plant that cause rapid heart rate would be deadly to our friend bop
and not illegal

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Posted 4 December 2017 - 17:03 PM

View PostTHE FIFER, on 30 November 2017 - 11:40 AM, said:

what was the plant that was good for keeping cats out of your garden ,but not good for birds ?/


I think it was Coleus , think that's the correct name, had a certain scent to it which cats did'nt like
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Posted 4 December 2017 - 18:04 PM

View PostTHE FIFER, on 4 December 2017 - 17:03 PM, said:

I think it was Coleus , think that's the correct name, had a certain scent to it which cats did'nt like


I think Coleus is an indoor plant. Green and Maroon variegated leaves. You nip out the flower buds to encourage it to bush up. :)
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Posted 4 December 2017 - 19:01 PM

View PostKyleakin Lofts, on 4 December 2017 - 18:04 PM, said:

I think Coleus is an indoor plant. Green and Maroon variegated leaves. You nip out the flower buds to encourage it to bush up. :)


I must have it wrong then the one I am thinking about was used to keep cats from your garden ,
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Posted 4 December 2017 - 20:52 PM

Coleus plants are mainly an outdoor garden plant, but they can be cultivated to grow indoors.
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Posted 4 December 2017 - 21:57 PM

View Postpaddymac, on 4 December 2017 - 20:52 PM, said:

Coleus plants are mainly an outdoor garden plant, but they can be cultivated to grow indoors.


I've only ever seen them indoors. Do they require a mild climate? :)
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