Is Ajuga Poisonous?

Ajuga, commonly known as carpet bugle, is a superb perennial to add texture, color, and brightness to yards and containers. Ajuga includes several species, including Ajuga reptans, commonly incorporated as groundcover into landscapes. There are conflicting reports about Ajuga's toxicity potential. Many sources consider Ajuga to be safe and even edible in small quantities. It has historically been used in medicinal applications, particularly for external use. However, without more convincing evidence, consumption of this plant is not recommended

Ajuga appears to be non-toxic to pets and should not harm curious grazers. Ajuga shares the common name Bugleweed with Lycopus, a completely different plant with medicinal properties.


Are Ajuga Poisonous to Children?

While Ajuga is allegedly non-toxic to humans, parents should still be cautious regarding rare allergic reactions. If a child touches or ingests Ajuga, monitor their responses and consult a medical professional if you suspect a possible allergic reaction.

Are Ajuga Poisonous to Dogs?

While Ajuga is generally non-toxic to pets, monitor for signs of an allergic reaction or upset stomach if your pet ingests this plant. Contact a veterinarian or other medical professional if you suspect your dog is allergic to Ajuga. If your dog suffers an upset stomach from overeating Ajuga, increase fluids and contact a veterinarian to seek additional advice.

Are Ajuga Poisonous to Cats?

Cats are carnivores, so while Ajuga is likely non-toxic to them, a little nibbling may temporarily upset a cat’s stomach. If your beloved feline develops symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea, contact a veterinarian or medical professional to seek advice.   

Are Ajuga Poisonous to Other Animals?

If your collection of pets includes horses, birds, pigs, goats, and chickens, do not worry. Ajuga is likely non-toxic to them. If they eat too much or develop an allergic response, consult with a medical professional such as a vet for advice. 

Symptoms Of Ajuga Poisoning

Always check with your doctor or veterinarian for guidance if you notice a reaction from eating Ajuga. 

Here are some common symptoms to look out for:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain in the abdominal region

Preventing Ajuga Poisoning

Since Ajuga is popularly used as a groundcover, your dog or cat may encounter it and try to nibble. To protect the plant, create a barrier with containers or plants to keep pets away. Most often, pets will ignore this plant and not require supervision.

Pet Poison Helpline

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


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Author Suellen Barnes - Published 11-21-2023