Are Spirea Poisonous

Spirea is one of the most commonly planted shrubs for gardeners. Easy to care for, three seasons of interest, and attracting butterflies are just a few of the features of this shrub. In addition, Spirea is non toxic to people, dogs, cats, and livestock. All parts of the shrub, from the woody bark to the blooms, are safe if touched or nibbled on. It is best to remember to always be cautious about any type of plant matter if consumed, especially with children or pets. 


Are Spirea Poisonous to Children

All parts of Spirea shrubs are considered to be non-toxic to children of all ages. Keep in mind that consumption of any plant material may cause a negative reaction, especially choking. It is best to err on the side of caution if you think your child has ingested any plant material. Do not hesitate to contact poison control. 

Are Spirea Poisonous to Dogs

Spirea shrubs are considered a non-toxic plant for your canine friends. If you want to plant a hardy shrub in your pet friendly garden area, then Spirea is a top choice. Spirea is a woody plant that can tolerate the rough activities of an active dog. Able to bounce back from the occasional broken branch or tromping on, Spirea is a great plant for an active pet area. 

Are Spirea Poisonous to Cats

ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Spirea does not list spirea as either a toxic or non-toxic plant to cats. Cats are naturally curious creatures, so you can expect them to rub on all plants in your garden. If you have Spirea in your garden, think about planting herbs such as Catnip, Cat Thyme, or Valerian nearby. Cats love these edible herbs and will venture towards those instead of your Spirea. Remember, ingestion of any plant material can cause upset in your feline friend. If you suspect that your cat has ingested any plant material, immediately contact your local veterinarian or Pet Poison Hotline (855) 764-7661.

Are Spirea Poisonous to Other Animals

Spirea is not listed as a toxic plant for horses, farm animals or livestock. 

Symptoms of Spirea Poisoning

It is highly unlikely that your animal will be poisoned by Spirea shrubs. Always check with your doctor or veterinarian for guidance if you suspect any poisoning. Here are some common symptoms to look out for:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Tremors
  • Seizures

To prevent anything bad from happening in the first place, consider using physical barriers such as decorative fencing to prevent children or animals from getting too close for a taste. Ingesting any plant material, in any amount, is cause for concern and can cause mild to severe poisoning. Immediately contact your local veterinarian or Pet Poison Hotline (855) 764-7661.

Click here for a complete list of Pet Safe Plants.


"Spiraea japonica - L.f." Plants for a Future.

"Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List - Cats." The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Author Chris Link - Published 10-19-2021