Are Coneflowers Poisonous?

Coneflowers are a beautiful, easy-care addition to a sunny garden, and you may even have seen Echinacea used in herbal remedies – but does that mean it is safe for children, pets, wildlife, or livestock to sample?

Overall, Echinacea species are not considered toxic. All parts of the plant are considered safe to ingest according to a UC Davis report. 

However, eating enough of any new plant material could cause digestive or stomach upset, so if you are concerned for your child, dog, cat, or other animal, contact your doctor or veterinarian immediately.


Are Coneflowers Poisonous to Children?

Coneflowers are considered safe to consume for humans. If you notice any unusual symptoms,  the person has underlying health conditions or is taking medications that could be contraindicated by echinacea, it’s wise to get them checked by a doctor.

Are Coneflowers Poisonous to Dogs?

Dogs should not be harmed by taking a bite out of a coneflower. However, one thing to note is the roots have larger concentrations of echinacea compounds used medicinally, and as such could interact with any medications your pet is taking if eaten in quantity. 

Are Coneflowers Poisonous to Cats?

Echinacea are listed as safe and non-toxic to cats. 

Are Coneflowers Poisonous to Other Animals?

Sources consider echinacea safe for wildlife and livestock to browse. Of course, in large amounts, or if your horse, goat, or cattle is taking a medication that might conflict with echinacea, consult with your veterinarian for any potential effects.

Symptoms of Coneflowers Poisoning?

There are no typical symptoms of coneflower poisoning, since reactions are extremely rare. When used medicinally side effects in people can include dizziness, headache, or oral irritation, and with pets, side effects can include vomiting or diarrhea.

However, be alert to any unusual symptoms or behavior and always check with your doctor or veterinarian for guidance if you suspect poisoning. 

To prevent any side effects, you can use physical barriers such as decorative fencing to prevent children or animals from getting too close for a taste. There are also animal deterrent products on the market that can help prevent animals from chewing on plants.

Pet Poison Helpline

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

Click here for a complete list of Pet Safe Plants.


"Echinacea." Missouri Poison Center.

"Overview of Echinacea Production in Manitoba." Province in Manitoba.

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Author Erica Browne Grivas - Published 12-14-2021