Are Astilbe Poisonous?

Astilbe perennials are an ideal choice for your garden if you have children or any pets living in your home. All parts of the astilbe plants are 100% safe no matter if they are simply chewed or consumed. Both the flowers, foliage, and stems are completely non-toxic. In addition, astilbe is not typically attacked by pests, making them even safer.


Are Astilbe Poisonous to Children?

Astilbe plants are non-toxic, meaning they are not poisonous to children. However, it is important to note that any plant has the potential to be a choking hazard or can cause an allergic reaction. Because of this, it’s best to keep an eye on your little ones when they’re exploring your garden.

Are Astilbe Poisonous to Dogs?

Dogs are indeed very curious animals that typically put things in their mouths. Many dogs enjoy chomping on twigs, flowers, leaves, and other gifts that nature provides. This can obviously be destructive for your garden, but if your pup is stubborn and can’t resist your plants, it’s best to make sure the ones you have won’t harm them in any way. Astilbe is a perennial you can have in your garden without worrying about whether it will make your dog sick in any way.

Are Astilbe Poisonous to Cats?

Do you own cats or are frequently visited by stray cats? No need to worry. The astilbe plant is perfectly safe for both grown cats and kittens.

Are Astilbe Poisonous to Other Animals?

Being non-toxic, the astilbe perennial will not be poisonous to the above-mentioned animals or any others for that matter. Astilbes are very unlikely to be targeted by hungry deer. But in the event that it does happen, the deer would not experience any symptoms of poisoning.

Protecting Astilbe

If you want to keep your children, pets, or other animals away from your astilbe completely, you can create a barrier around it. An effective tip would be to get plastic netting and use it to surround your astilbe completely. If you are worried about deer visiting and eating your astilbe, make sure that your barrier is high enough. Deer can jump 8 feet off of the ground, so make sure your barrier is higher than that.


Pet Poison Helpline

If something were to happen to your furry friend, and you suspect that they are suffering from plant poisoning, there is a poison control hotline to call for 24/7 vet advice. It is called the Pet Poison Hotline, and its phone number is (855) 764-7661.

Sources: "Astilbe chinensis - (Maxim.)Franch.&Sav." Plants for a Future.

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Author Chris Link - Published 07-06-2022