Are Avens Poisonous?

Avens are flowering perennials that put on a dazzling display of single or double blooms during the summer. This plant is easy to grow and as a perennial, provides color year after year. Also known as Geum, Avens are not poisonous to humans, making it a safe option for families with little ones. Avens are also safe to have around pets, like cats and dogs.


Are Avens Poisonous to Children?

Avens are safe and non-poisonous to children. The parts of Avens that grow above the ground contain tannins that are used in medicine to treat inflammation and diarrhea. It is not advised to eat the plant, but it is safe and does have medicinal uses.

Are Avens Poisonous to Dogs?

Avens are safe to have around dogs and puppies. This plant will not harm an animal if it is touched or eaten. Eating anything in large quantities can be a problem, but eating Avens generally will not cause a dog sickness or distress.

Are Avens Poisonous to Cats?

Avens is a safe landscape plant to have around cats. If cats or kittens eat the foliage or flowers of Avens, they will be safe. This shrub is not likely to entice cats, and eating anything in excessive amounts can be harmful, but Avens are generally safe.

Are Avens Poisonous to Other Animals?

Avens are safe for most other animals, including livestock or large populations of foraging animals. Deer may eat this clump-forming perennial, which can be disappointing, but it is not harmful or dangerous.


Symptoms Of Avens Poisoning

Geum or Avens are generally safe and nontoxic for humans and animals. Eating too much of anything can cause an upset stomach, but this plant will not commonly cause more severe problems. Always check with your doctor or veterinarian for guidance if you suspect Avens poisoning. 

Here are some common symptoms to look out for:

  • Upset stomach

Preventing Avens Poisoning

While Avens is nonpoisonous and safe, many gardeners still take steps to protect this plant simply to keep hungry animals at bay. Feature the plant in a fenced-in area or near a patio or busy area to keep deer and other foraging animals at a distance.

Pet Poison Helpline

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


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Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 08-23-2022