Are Verbena Poisonous?

Verbena is a rather large family of plants, and there is a lot of diversity within this family, especially when it comes to the toxicity of the plants. Verbena plants are not poisonous to people. The plants are generally safe, although some varieties are toxic to animals. For instance, Aloysia triphylla (lemon verbena) is toxic to animals, but most trailing types are safe. When in doubt, it is best to take precautions to keep pets safe.


Are Verbena Poisonous to Children

Verbena is not poisonous to children. This plant has medicinal properties, and Verbena is sometimes used in salves and other home remedies. Always confirm the plant variety before consuming or using it as a treatment.

Are Verbena Poisonous to Dogs

Some varieties of Verbena are safe for dogs, but not all types. If ingested, Verbena can cause a dog to experience depression, vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness. The amount of the plant ingested will determine the extent of the symptoms, so if a dog were to eat a large quantity, then the symptoms would be worse.

Are Verbena Poisonous to Cats

Most types of Verbena are safe for cats, but some types are toxic and may cause a cat to become ill. Cats that have eaten a poisonous variety may experience vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness. Monitor your pet if you suspect they ate Verbena.

Are Verbena Poisonous to Other Animals

Verbena is generally not poisonous to other animals. Although, you should always keep an eye on an animal if they have eaten or if you suspect they have eaten Verbena. It is better to err on the side of caution since some varieties can pose a threat and can cause vomiting or diarrhea.

Symptoms of Verbena Poisoning

Always check with your doctor or veterinarian for guidance if you suspect (insert plant) poisoning. Here are some common symptoms to look out for:

  • Depression
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness

Preventing Verbena Poisoning

Verbena varieties confirmed to be safe can be planted in areas that your pets or other animals can access. It may be best to plant poisonous or types you are unsure of in areas of your property that pets cannot access.

Pet Poison Helpline

If something happens to your furry friend, and you suspect that they are suffering from Verbena 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.

Click here for a complete list of Pet Safe Plants.


"Lemon Verbena." American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"Verbena officinalis - L." Plants for a Future.

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 Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 13-12-2021