Are Pansies Poisonous?

Pansies are vigorous, flowering perennials known for being easy to maintain in shade and cool temperatures. These lovely plants are easy to grow and safe for children and some pets. All parts of the Pansy plant are safe if consumed by humans. Pansy flowers are even used as a decorative garnish that is safe to eat. It is best to teach children not to eat plants, but you can rest easy if a curious little one eats any part of a Pansy. 


Are Pansies Poisonous to Children?

All parts of Pansies are safe if eaten by children. Pansies are not toxic or poisonous. The plant has a bland taste, so there is not much reason to eat Pansies. The flowers are sometimes used as a garnish for food or drinks, and it is entirely safe to eat Pansies. The plant does not cause any health issues if consumed or touched.


Are Pansies Poisonous to Dogs?

Pansies are safe to include in yards if you have dogs. This fast-growing perennial is non-toxic to dogs and puppies, and you have no reason to be concerned if your dog chews on your Pansies. It is best to monitor dogs who eat plants just in case they consume something harmful, but Pansies will not cause a dog to become ill or impact the animal’s health.

Are Pansies Poisonous to Cats?

Pansies are mildly toxic to cats and may cause the felines to fall ill. Cats or kittens who have eaten Pansies may have an upset stomach. Pansies are not very appealing to cats, so they will not likely be eaten, but be aware of your cat’s grazing behavior and inspect your plants for damage if your cat is showing signs of distress.

Are Pansies Poisonous to Other Animals?

Pansies are not poisonous to animals, making this a safe plant to include in a landscape if you have pets or livestock. Animals may become ill if they eat a large quantity of anything, but Pansies are generally safe. Err on the side of caution and monitor animals for signs of discomfort or illness if you suspect they have eaten Pansies.

Symptoms Of Pansy Poisoning

Always check with your doctor or veterinarian for guidance if you suspect Pansy poisoning. Pansies are generally safe if eaten, but overeating anything can cause an upset stomach, so keep an eye on your animals if you think they may have consumed Pansies or any other plants. 

Preventing Pansy Poisoning

Pansies are safe for most animals, so there is no need to take steps to keep animals away from Pansies. It may be a good idea to include Pansies in a landscape if you have a curious animal that is likely to eat plants.


Pet Poison Helpline

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



"Hazardous or Harmless? Discover Which Fall Plants Are Toxic to Pets." American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"Pansies." Gardening Solutions - University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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 Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 08-01-2022