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5 Pet Friendly Flowers

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Everyone with a pet knows just how curious our furry friends can be, especially when it comes to their tummies! Flowers may look harmless but some can be highly toxic to animals if ingested. Whilst we would always recommend keeping any flowers out of your pets reach, we’ve put together this list of ‘pet friendly’ blooms that you can enjoy without the worry!  

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1. Phalaenopsis Orchids

Flower meaning = love, beauty and refinement

This exotic bloom, originating from tropical Asia, is extremely popular as a pot plant but also make beautiful cut flowers too, adding instant sophistication to any design – and the best part, they won’t harm your pet! Many phalaenopsis orchids have distinctive markings with contrasting coloured throats. Did you know, there are over 50 species with the first genus established in 1825 by Dutch botanist C L Blume?

2. Freesia

Flower meaning = friendship and trust

This classic bloom will add pretty colour and a fresh floral fragrance to any bouquet. The freesia was named after German botanist, Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese, by another botanist who wanted to make a gesture of appreciation for his friend, which is why this bloom is said to symbolise friendship. These beautiful stems come in a range of colours, all of which have their own meaning – yellow freesias symbolise optimism, pink freesias symbolise love and femininity, white freesias symbolise innocence and purple freesias symbolise royalty and beauty.  

3. Antirrhinum (Snapdragons)

Flower meaning = gracious lady

This cottage garden favourite is non-toxic and a safe option for displaying in your home. Adding height to any design, antirrhinums look fabulous when arranged with round-headed summer blooms, such as scabious and roses (both of which are also non-toxic). Fun fact – snapdragons provide nectar for bumble bees who are one of the few insects that can ‘open’ the flower.

4. Sunflowers

Flower meaning = admiration and loyalty

This universally loved and instantly recognised flower is a safe choice when picking out blooms for your summer floral display, as they pose no harm to cats or dogs. As sunflowers follow the sun, they are said to symbolise seeking out positivity and strength – they were also worshiped by the Incas of Peru due to their resemblance of the life giving sun.

5. Roses

Flower meaning = love, desire and romance

Bursting with beauty and meaning, the rose is the world’s favourite flower and it’s easy to understand the universal appeal. So, you’ll be pleased to know that all varieties are pet-friendly! With their eye-catching colour and perfectly formed petals, roses make the perfect arrangement for your home. When styling your vase of flowers, bear in mind that they are a focal flower which means they’re designed to stand out from the rest and will enhance the overall shape of your arrangement.

Some flowers, such as lilies, are notorious for being highly toxic to cats, however there are some blooms that aren’t quite as well-known for being a danger to our four legged friends. Here’s a list of common flowers and foliage pet owners should avoid;

FLOWERS

Aconitum

Alstroemeria

Amaryllis

Anthurium

Astrantia

Bupleurum

Campanula

Carnations

Chrysanthemum

Clematis

Craspedia

Dianthus Solomio

Delphinium

Eryngium

Foxgloves

Gladioli

Gypsophila

Hellebore

Hyacinth

Hydrangea

Hypericum

Iris

Larkspur

Lavender

Lilies

Narcissi

Ornithogalum

Peonies

Ranunculus

September Flower

Solidago

Sweet Pea

Sweet William

Tulip

FOLIAGE

Asparagus Fern

Eucalyptus

Hemlock

Ilex

Ivy

Laburnum

Ruscus

Senecio

Spruce

Sycas revoluta (Sago Palm)

Yew

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