Safe & Unsafe Plants For Birds

*Disclaimer: This list is a compilation of several different lists by various bird clubs, books, and magazines about plants that are non-toxic and safe for birds. Always use caution and common sense in your plant choices. Remember that birds have a delicate digestive system and that any quantity of any plant or fruit could make their bellies upset.*

Safe Plants

  • Acacia
  • African violets
  • Aloe
  • Areca / Butterfly Cane
  • Asparagus Fern
  • Australian Umbrella Tree
  • Autumn Olive
  • Baby's Tears
  • Balsam Fir
  • Bamboo
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Barberry
  • Bayberry
  • Bird Nest Fern
  • Beech (American and European)
  • Begonia
  • Black Spruce
  • Bladdernum
  • Blueberry
  • Boston Fern
  • Bougainvillea
  • Bromeliads
  • Chickweed
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Cissus Kangaroo Vines
  • Coleus
  • Comfrey
  • Corn Plant
  • Cotoneaster Firethorn
  • Crabapple
  • Creeping Fig
  • Dandelion
  • Date Palm
  • Dogwood
  • Donkey Tail / Burro's Tail
  • Douglas Fir
  • Dracaena
  • Dragon Tree
  • Easter Cactus
  • Edible Fig
  • Elephant Foot Tree
  • European Fan Palm
  • Fan Palm
  • Fern Palm
  • Fiddleleaf Fig
  • Gardenia
  • Gold Dust
  • Grape Ivy
  • Hen & Chickens
  • Hibiscus
  • Howeia Palm
  • Huckleberry
  • Jade Plant
  • Kalanchoe
  • Kentia Palm
  • Lady Palm
  • Laurel Leaf Fig
  • Magnolia
  • Mango
  • Marigold
  • Monkey Plant
  • Mother-in-law's Tongue
  • Nasturtim
  • Nerve Plant
  • Norfolk Island Pine
  • Norway Spruce
  • Oregano
  • Orchid Phalaenopsis
  • Parlour Palm
  • Passion Flower Vine
  • Peperomia
  • Phoenix / Date Palm
  • Pittosporum
  • Pony Tail Palm
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • Prayer Plant
  • Purple Passion / Purple or Velvet Nettle
  • Pygmy Date
  • Raspberry
  • Red-Margined Dracaena
  • Rhapis
  • Roebelin Lady Palm
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Sago Palm
  • Scgefflera (Umbrella)
  • Sentry Plant
  • Snowberry
  • Spider / Airplant Plant
  • Spruce Tree
  • Swedish Ivy
  • Thanksgiving Cactus
  • Thistle
  • Thyme
  • Viburnum
  • Virginia Pine
  • Wandering Jew
  • Water Hyacinth
  • Wax Plant
  • Water Hyacinth Bulb
  • Weeping Fig
  • White Fir
  • White Pine
  • White Poplar
  • White Spruce
  • Willow
  • Wine Palm
  • Umbrella Plant
  • Velvet Plant
  • Yucca
  • Zebra Plant

Unsafe Plants

  •  Acokanthera
  • Air Plants
  • Amanita
  • Amaryllis
  • American Bittersweet (Leaves & Berries)
  • Andromeda
  • Angel's Trumpet
  • Apricot Pit
  • Apple Seeds
  • Arum Lily
  • Autom Crocus / Meadow Saffron
  • Australian Flame Tree
  • Avocado
  • Azalea
  • Balsam Pear
  • Baneberry
  • Beans: Castor, Horse, Fava, Broad, Glory, Scarlet, Runner, Mescal, Roasy Pears, Precatory, Navy
  • Belladonna
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Bishop's Weed
  • Bittersweet
  • Bitter Nightshade
  • Black Laurel
  • Black Locust
  • Bleeding Heart / Dutchmans's Breeches
  • Bloodroot
  • Bluebonnet
  • Blue-Green Algae (Some Forms Toxic)
  • Bonaberry (Sap)
  • Boxwood
  • Bracken Fern
  • Broomcorn Grass
  • Buckeye
  • Buckthorn
  • Bulb Flowers
  • Burdock
  • Buttercup
  • Buttonbash (Leaves)
  • Cacao
  • Camel Bush
  • Castor Bean (Castor Oil)
  • Caladium
  • Candelabra Tree
  • Catharanthus
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Castern Bean
  • Chalice / Trumpet Vine
  • Cherry Tree
  • Chinaberry Tree
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Christmas Candle
  • Christmas Rose
  • Clematis / Virginia Bower
  • Cocklebur
  • Coffee (Senna)
  • Coffee Bean
  • Common Rhammus
  • Common Tansy
  • Coral Plant
  • Coriander
  • Corncockle
  • Cotton Bush
  • Coyotillo
  • Cowslip
  • Crinum Lily (Bulb)
  • Crocus (Bulb)
  • Crown of Thorns
  • Culver's Root
  • Cutleaf
  • Cycad
  • Daffodil (Bulb)
  • Daphne
  • Daphra
  • Datura
  • Deadly Amanita
  • Death Camus
  • Delphinium Devil's Ivy
  • Devil's Walking Stick (Leaves & Berries)
  • Dieffenbachia / Dumb Cane
  • Dutchman's Breeches
  • Dwarf Elder
  • Eggplant
  • Elderberry
  • Elephant Ear / Taro
  • English holly (Berries)
  • English Ivy
  • Ergot
  • Eucalyptus (Particularly Dried, Dyed or Treated for Floral Arrangements)
  • Euonymus / Spindle Tree
  • European Burning Bush
  • European Pennyroyal
  • False Hellebore
  • False Henbane
  • Felt Plant (Maternity Plant, Air Plant, Panda Plant)
  • Firethorn
  • Flame Tree
  • Flamingo Flower
  • Flax
  • Four o'clock
  • Foxglove
  • German Ivy
  • Ghostweed
  • Glottidium
  • Golden Chain
  • Grass: Johnson, Sorghum, Sudan, Broomcorn
  • Ground Cherry
  • Ground Ivy
  • Hraths
  • Heliotrope
  • Hemlock: Poison, Water
  • Henbane
  • Holly
  • Honeysuckle
  • Horse Bean
  • Horse Chestnut (Buckeye)
  • Horse Nettle
  • Horsetail
  • Hyacinth Bulb (Asparagaceae)
  • Hydrangea
  • Impatiens
  • Indian Licorice
  • Indian Turnip (Jack-in-the-Pulpit)
  • Iris / Blue Flag
  • Ivy: English, Other Varieties
  • Java Bean (Lima Bean)
  • Jasmine
  • Jerusalem Cherry
  • Jimsonweed (Thornapple)
  • Johnson Grass
  • Jonquil
  • Juniper (J. Virginiana)
  • Kalmia (Heath)
  • Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • Laburnum
  • Lady Slipper Orchid (Hairy Stems & Leaves)
  • Lantana
  • Larkspur
  • Laurel
  • Leucotho (Heath)
  • Lilly of the Valley
  • Lilly / Arum
  • Lima Bean
  • Lobelia
  • Locoweed / Milk Vetch
  • Lord & Ladies . Cuckoopint
  • Lupine
  • Malanga
  • Mandrake
  • Marijuana (Hemp)
  • Maternity Plant
  • Mayapple
  • Meadow Saffron
  • Mescal Bean
  • Mexican Bredfruit
  • Mexican Poppy
  • Milk Vetch
  • Milkweed / Cotton Bush
  • Mistletoe
  • Mock Orange
  • Monkshood
  • Moonseed
  • Morning Glory
  • Mountain Laurel
  • Mushrooms
  • Narcissus
  • Navy Bean
  • Nettle
  • Night-Blooming Jasmine (Shoots)
  • Nightshades (All Types)
  • Oak
  • Oleander
  • Ornamental Asparagus
  • Pachypodium
  • Panda Plant
  • Parsley
  • Pasque Flower
  • Peach Pit
  • Peires
  • Pencil Tree
  • Peony
  • Periwinkle
  • Peyote
  • Philodendron
  • Pigweed
  • Pikeweed
  • Plumpit
  • Poinciana
  • Poinsettia
  • Poison Hemlock
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak: Western / Eastern
  • Poison Sumac
  • Pokeweed
  • Poppy
  • Potato Shoots & Skin
  • Pothos
  • Precatory (Bean)
  • Primrose
  • Primula
  • Privet
  • Pyracantha
  • Ragwort
  • Rain Tree
  • Ranunculus (Buttercup)
  • Rape
  • Rattlebox (Crotalaria)
  • Rattlebush
  • Red Maple
  • Rhododendrons
  • Rhubarb
  • Rosary Peas
  • Rubber Plant (Milky Sap)
  • Sage
  • Sago Cycas
  • Sandbox Tree
  • Scarlet Runner
  • Scheffera
  • Shamrock Plant
  • Skunk Cabbage
  • Snowdrop
  • Snow on the Mountain (Ghostweed)
  • Sorghum Grass
  • Sorrel (Dock)
  • Sour Dock
  • Spindle Tree
  • Spurges: Pencil Tree, Snow on the Mountain, Candelabra Tree, Crown of Thorns
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • St. Johnswort
  • Sudan Grass
  • Sweet Pea
  • Tansy Ragwort
  • Thornapple
  • Tobacco
  • Tree of Heaven (Leaves & Flowers)
  • Tulip (Bulb)
  • Vetch: Hairy and Common
  • Virginia Bower
  • Virginia Creeper
  • Water Hemlock
  • Wattle
  • White Cedar / China Berry
  • White Snakeroot
  • Wisteria
  • Yam Bean
  • Yews (American, English, Japanese)
  • Yellow Jasmine
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