Are Columbine Poisonous?

Columbine is considered mildly toxic to humans according to the University of California. Minor toxicity means that all parts of the plant may cause minor illness like diarrhea and vomiting. Any suspected ingestion of plant parts should be reported to the local poison control line or your family doctor to find out the next steps for treatment. 


Are Columbine Poisonous to Children?

Yes, Columbine will cause minor illness. The seeds or fruits are more poisonous than the rest of the plants. Touching the plant will not usually cause any irritation. Parts of the plant must be ingested to cause damage.

Are Columbine Poisonous to Dogs?

Yes, Columbine is poisonous to dogs if any part is ingested. Dogs will be okay if they sniff around or brush up against Columbine. Symptoms of poisoning include vomiting and diarrhea. Contact your veterinarian if you suspect your dog has eaten any part of a Columbine plant.

Are Columbine Poisonous to Cats?

All parts of Columbine are poisonous to cats and will cause the same symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. Cats that rub up against Columbine rarely have any issues. Contact your veterinarian if you suspect that your cat has ingested Columbine.

Are Columbine Poisonous to Other Animals? 

Livestock that are herbivores may be affected by columbine that gets into their grazing fields. Horses and Cattle are the most affected by ingesting Columbine. Sheep and goats tend to be able to tolerate some Columbine in their grazing. The symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea are common to all mammals. If you suspect that part of a herd or flock has eaten Columbine, contact your veterinarian for further advice.


Symptoms of Columbine Poisoning

Always check with your doctor or veterinarian if you suspect Columbine poisoning.

Here are some common symptoms to look out for:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Heart palpitations (in extreme cases)

Preventing Columbine Poisoning

The best way to prevent poisoning is to plant Columbine in an area that is not frequented by pets or children who may be enticed to chew on parts of the plant. Deadheading the spent flowers before they set seed will get rid of the most toxic part of Columbine. Making sure that grazing fields have little Columbine growing. Pulling any plants before they go to seed will cut down on the amount of self-sown plants each year. 

Pet Poison

If something were to happen to your furry friend, and you suspect that they are suffering from Columbine 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.


"University of California Safe and Poisonous Garden Plants." Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California.

"On the edibility of Columbine flowers." University of Washington, Elizabeth C. Miller Library.

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 Author Robbin Small - Published 7-12-2022