Is Joe Pye Weed Poisonous?

The tall form and fragrant flowers of Joe Pye Weed make this low-maintenance perennial a welcome addition to many yards and landscapes. There are plenty of reasons to feature this wildflower in your outdoor space, but an excellent reason for parents and pet owners is that this plant is non-toxic. All parts of Joe Pye Weed, including the flowers, leaves, stems, and roots, are non-toxic. Joe Pye Weed does have a history of being used for medicinal purposes, but it is advisable only to eat the plant if you are familiar with it and its uses. 


Is Joe Pye Weed Poisonous to Children?

Joe Pye Weed is not poisonous to people, making this plant safe to have around children. You can rest easy if you have a curious toddler or little one prone to putting things in their mouth because all parts of Joe Pye Weed are safe. No part of the plant is poisonous or toxic.

Is Joe Pye Weed Poisonous to Dogs?

Joe Pye Weed is not poisonous to dogs. Your furry friend will be safe if they eat the leaves, flowers, stems, or roots. Overeating anything can cause an upset stomach, so be mindful if your dog damages the plant, but do not worry about a toxic reaction.

Is Joe Pye Weed Poisonous to Cats?

Cats are safe around Joe Pye Weed. All parts of the plant are non-toxic and will not harm your cat. The upright growth habit is not likely to entice a feline, but your kitten or cat will be safe if they eat any part of the plant.

Is Joe Pye Weed Poisonous to Other Animals?

Joe Pye Weed is safe around all animals, as this plant is not known to be toxic or poisonous. Foraging animals typically ignore Joe Pye Weed, and this plant has a reputation for being deer resistant.

Symptoms Of Joe Pye Weed Poisoning

Joe Pye Weed is not poisonous or harmful to humans or animals. Consuming too much of anything can be a problem and may cause an upset stomach, so exercise caution if you have an inquisitive child or pet. Always check with your doctor or veterinarian for guidance if you suspect Joe Pye Weed poisoning. 

Here are some common symptoms to look out for:

  • Upset stomach

Preventing Joe Pye Weed Poisoning

Just because Joe Pye Weed is not poisonous doesn’t mean it’s okay if your plant is damaged. Most animals will leave this perennial alone but consider relocating it to an out-of-reach area if it is routinely damaged. Plant Joe Pye Weed outside of a fence if your pet chews on the plant, or place it near a patio or high-traffic area if wild animals are responsible for the damage. 

Pet Poison Helpline

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


"Bee-Friendly Flowers: Joe-Pye Weed." Duke Farms.

"Rain Garden Plants: (Eutrochium spp.) – Joe-Pye Weed." Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service. 

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Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 07-06-2023