Is Dracaena Poisonous?

Dracaena, also known as Dragon Tree and Corn Plant, is a striking tropical plant producing crowns of verdant leaves at the tops of its stems. It is easy to care for and low maintenance–you couldn’t find a more agreeable perennial to add to your plant collection. However, it does have one drawback. It contains saponins, which are toxic to dogs and cats. Since saponins are sometimes used in detergents, imagine if little Max or Milo ate a handful of soap-covered leaves. Their teeth might be clean, but their tummies would hurt. If your dog or cat ingests Dracaena, call a veterinarian immediately.


Is Dracaena Poisonous to Children?

While toxic to pets, Dracaena is generally nontoxic to humans. However, humans should not eat this plant. It produces saponins, and saponins are sometimes used to make detergents. Be safe and keep this plant out of the reach of tiny hands. Also, use Dracaena as a teaching point, reminding little kids that they can admire the plant without touching or eating it.

Is Dracaena Poisonous to Dogs?

Dracaena is toxic to dogs. If canines ingest Dracaena’s leaves, they may suffer vomiting, stomach upset, abdominal pain, drooling, weakness, and depression. These symptoms are due to the saponins in the plant and the fact that any type of vegetation can irritate a dog’s digestive system.

Is Dracaena Poisonous to Cats?

Dracaena is toxic to cats. Cats are naturally curious, and Dracaena’s crown of leaves resembles a jungle of tall grass–a perfect place for a feline to explore. Place Dracaena high on a shelf or another area your cat cannot access. If you see your pet peeking at you through Dracaena’s now half-eaten leaves, call your veterinarian as soon as possible; dilated eyes, stomach upset, diarrhea, drooling, vomiting, abdominal pain, depression, weakness, and depression may ensue.

Is Dracaena Poisonous to Other Animals?

Dracaena is typically toxic to small animals such as rabbits, birds, ferrets, and mice, so keep this perennial out of their reach. Birds also find a few species of Dracaena harmful, so bird owners should research if their plant is one of those.


Symptoms Of Dracaena Poisoning

Always check with your doctor or veterinarian for guidance if you suspect Dracaena poisoning. 

Here are some common symptoms to look out for:

  • Dilated eyes
  • Stomach Upset
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Weakness
  • Depression

Preventing Dracaena Poisoning

If you want to keep your pets safe, do your best to keep Dracaena out of their reach. The easiest solution with dogs and most small animals is to place Dracaena on a high shelf. With cats, you may have to put this beautiful perennial in another room that’s kept off limits.

Pet Poison Helpline

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

Sources: "Dracaena." American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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 Author Suellen Barnes - Published 4-7-2023