Toxic Plants

Glider Gossip maintains a Safe Plants Matrix. Let us know if your research reveals the need for updating this file. Please note the matrix may contain some inaccuracies for sugar gliders as it is generalized.

This list is by no means exhaustive, merely a starting point for owners to be aware of dangers common plants may pose. Often, only specific parts of a plant are toxic like bulbs or seeds, so it is important to learn not only the plant but the part. The following list is smaller than the matrix but list specific parts that should be avoided.

Known Poisonous Plants-Toxic Part of Plant
Amaryllis - bulb
American yew - needles and seeds
Azalea - leaves
Balsam pear - seeds, rind of fruit
Baneberry - berries and roots Bird of Paradise - seeds
Black locust - bark, sprouts, foliage
Blue-green algae - some forms toxic
Boxwood - leaves, stems
Buckthorn - fruit, bark
Buttercup - sap, bulbs
Calla lily - leaves
Caladium - leaves
Castor bean (castor oil plant) - beans, leaves
Chalice vine - all parts
Cherry tree - bark, twigs, leaves, pits
Christmas candle - sap
Clematis - all parts
Coral plant - seeds
Cowslip - all parts
Daffodil - bulbs
Daphne - berries
Datura - berries
Deadly amanita - all parts
Death camas - all parts
Delphinium - all parts
Dieffenbachia - leaves
Eggplant - all parts except fruit
Elephant's ear (taro) - leaves, stem
English ivy - berries, leaves

Skunk cabbage - all parts
Snowdrop - all parts
Snow-on-the-mountain - all parts
Sweet pea - leaves
Tobacco - leaves
Virginia creeper - sap
Western yew - needles, seeds
Wisteria - all parts
Yam bean - roots, immature pods

Source: MacPherson, Caroline. Sugar Gliders: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual. 1997. Barron's Educational Series Inc. ISBN 0-7641-0172-2 (alternate, alternate)


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Last Edited September 12, 2012