Safe Plants for Birds

My bird likes to eat my houseplants. Should I be worried? Many birds naturally eat plants as part of their diet. Birds will chew on and possibly consume plants in the course of play and curiosity. It is important for owners to be aware of which plants are safe to birds. Few actual studies are available in regard to plant toxicity and specific species of birds and so we should err on the side of caution. Some plants will just make a bird sick and some can kill. (see – Toxic Plants handout)

Which plants are Safe?
The following list of indoor and outdoor plants that have been reported as having no adverse affects on animals. Please reference the Toxic Plants handout as well. Remember that any plant eaten in excess may cause harm or gastrointestinal upset. If there is concern regarding specific plants not listed here, consult your veterinarian, local Poison Control Center, or a reputable plant nursery for more information.

  • Acacia
  • Ball fern
  • Blushing bromeliad
  • Achira
  • Bamboo
  • Bold sword fern
  • Acorn squash
  • Bamboo palm
  • Boston fern
  • African Daisy
  • Bamboo vine
  • Bottlebrush
  • African violet
  • Banana
  • Bottle Palm
  • Alfalfa
  • Banana squash
  • Bougainvillea
  • Algaroba
  • Barberry
  • Brazilian orchid
  • Aluminum plant
  • Beech
  • Bride’s bonnet
  • Alumroot
  • Begonia species
  • Bristly greenbrier
  • American rubber
  • Belmore sentry palm
  • Bromeliads
  • Anthericum comosum
  • Big shellbark hickory
  • Broom hickory
  • Antirrhinum multiflorum
  • Birch
  • Brodiaea pulchella
  • Arabian gentian
  • Bird’s Nest Fern
  • Butterfly ginger
  • Aralia
  • Bitter pecan
  • Butterfly iris
  • Arbutus
  • Bitternut
  • Bullbrier
  • Areca, Butterfly Cane
  • Black haw
  • Bur gourd
  • Aregelia
  • Black hawthorn
  • Burro’s tail
  • Artillery plant
  • Blaspheme vine
  • Buttercup squash
  • Ash
  • Blood Leaf
  • Butterfly Cane
  • Aspen
  • Blooming sally
  • Butterfly squash
  • Aspidium falcatum
  • Bluebottle
  • Aspidastra
  • Blue bead
  • Caeroba
  • Aubepine
  • Blue daisy
  • Calamint
  • Autumn olive
  • Blue echeveria
  • Calathea insignis
  • Blue-dicks
  • Calendula(Pot Marigold)
  • Baby’s Tears
  • Blue-eyed daisy
  • Calthea lancifolia
  • Bachelors buttons
  • Blunt leaf peperomia
  • California pitcher plant
  • California Holly
  • Cinnamon
  • Cushion moss
  • Callistemon radyandrus
  • Cinquefoil
  • Cyrtudeira reptans
  • Callistemon viminalis
  • Cirrhopetalum
  • Callistemon citrinus
  • Cissus Kangaroo Vines
  • Dahlia
  • Calochortus nuttalli
  • Claw Cactus
  • Dainty
  • Camellia
  • Clearweed
  • Dainty rabbits-foot fern
  • Chamonile
  • Cliff brake
  • Dallas fern
  • Canada hemlock
  • Cocks comb
  • Dancing doll orchid
  • Canary date palm
  • Cocktail orchid
  • Dandelion
  • Candle plant
  • Coleus
  • Date
  • Candycorn plant
  • Collinia elegans
  • Davallia bullata mariessi
  • Cantebury-bell
  • Color-band
  • Davallia richomanoides
  • Cape jasmine
  • Columnar
  • Desert trumpet
  • Cape primrose
  • Comfry
  • Dichelostemma
  • Carob
  • Common camellia
  • Dichorisandra reginae
  • Carob tree
  • Common catbrier
  • Dill
  • Caroba
  • Common garden canna
  • Dinteranthus vanzylii
  • Carobinha
  • Common greenbrier
  • Dogwood
  • Carolina hemlock
  • Common snapdragon
  • Donkey tail
  • Carrion flower
  • Common staghorn fern
  • Dracaena
  • Carrot flower
  • Confederate jasmine
  • Duffy fern
  • Carrot fern
  • Coolwort
  • Dwarf date palm
  • Casaba melon
  • Copperlead
  • Dwarf feather fern
  • Cast Iron plant
  • Copper rose
  • Dwarf palm
  • Cat brier
  • Coralardisia
  • Dwarf Rose-Stripe Star
  • Cat ear
  • Coral bells
  • Dwarf royal palm
  • Cattleya labiata
  • Coralberry
  • Dwarf whitman fern
  • Celosia globosa
  • Cornflower
  • Celosia plumosa
  • Cottonwood
  • Earth star
  • Celosia spicata
  • Crab Apple
  • Easter cattleya
  • Chamaedorean
  • Crape myrtle
  • Easter daisy
  • Chaparral
  • Crataegus phaenopyrum
  • Easter lily cactus
  • Chenille plant
  • Crataegus spp.
  • Easter orchid
  • Chestnut
  • Creeping charlie
  • Echeveria
  • Chicken-gizzard
  • Creeping gloxinia
  • Edible banana
  • Chickens and hens
  • Creeping Jenny
  • Elephant-Ear Begonia
  • Chickweed
  • Creeping mahonia
  • Elephant foot tree
  • Chicory
  • Creeping pilea
  • Elk’s Horn
  • Chin-lao-shu
  • Creeping rubus
  • Elm
  • China aster
  • Creeping zinnia
  • Emerald ripple peperomia
  • China root
  • Crepe myrtle
  • English hawthorn
  • Chinese plumbago
  • Crimson bottlebush
  • Epidendrum
  • Chlorophytum
  • Crimson cup
  • Episcia spp.
  • Chlorophytum bechetii
  • Crisped feather fern
  • Eucalyptus
  • Chocolate soldier
  • Crossandra
  • Eugenia
  • Christmas dagger
  • Croton
  • Euopean fan
  • Christmas palm
  • Cucumber
  • Christmas orchid
  • Cushon aloe
  • False aralia
  • Fairy fountain
  • Fan tufted palm
  • Hagbrier
  • Kaempferis
  • Feather fern
  • Hardy baby tears
  • Kahali ginger
  • Feathered amaranth
  • Hardy gloxinia
  • Kalancchoe
  • Fiery reed orchid
  • Haws
  • Fig leaf gourd
  • Haws apple
  • Kenilworth ivy
  • Figleaf palm
  • Haworthia
  • Kentia palm
  • Fingernail plant
  • Hawthorn
  • Kenya palm
  • Fir
  • Hedgehog gourd
  • Kenya violet
  • Fire weed
  • Hellfetter
  • Kharoub
  • Fish tail fern
  • Hemlock tree
  • King nut
  • Flame african violet
  • Hen and chickens fern
  • King of the forest
  • Flame of the woods
  • Hens and chickens
  • King and queen fern
  • Flame violet
  • Hickory
  • Kuang-yen- pa-hsieh
  • Florida butter-fly orchid
  • Hindu rope plant
  • Forster sentry palm
  • Holligold
  • Lace flower vine
  • Fortunes palm
  • Holly fern
  • Lace orchid
  • Freckle face
  • Hollyhock
  • Ladies ear drops
  • Friendship plant
  • Honey locust
  • Lady lou
  • Frosty
  • Honey plant
  • Lady palm
  • Honeydew melons
  • Lagerstroemia indica
  • Garden marigold
  • Honeysuckle fuchsia
  • Lance Pleumele
  • Garden snapdragon
  • Hookera pulchella
  • Larch
  • Gardenia
  • Horse brier
  • Large Lady Palm
  • Garlic
  • Hoya
  • Laurel-leaved greenbrier
  • German violet
  • Hubbard squash
  • Leather peperomia
  • Gherkins
  • Hypocyrta spp.
  • Leng-fen tu’an
  • Ghost leafless orchid
  • Lemon Balm
  • Ghost plant
  • Ice plant
  • Leopard orchid
  • Giant aster
  • Imbricata sword fern
  • Lesser snapdragon
  • Giant holly fern
  • Indian Hawthorn
  • Lilac
  • Giant white inch plant
  • Irish moss
  • Linden
  • Gibasis geniculata
  • Iron cross begonia
  • Lipstick plant
  • Globe thistle
  • Iron tree
  • Little zebra plant
  • Gloxinia
  • Ivy peperomia
  • Little fantasy peperomia
  • Gold bloom
  • Ivy-leaf peperomia
  • Living rock cactus
  • Gold Dust Dracaena
  • Living stones
  • Gold-fish plant
  • Jackson brier
  • Locust pods
  • Golden bells
  • Jacob’s ladder
  • Lou-lang-t’ou
  • Golden lace orchid
  • Jade Plant
  • Luther
  • Golden shower orchid
  • Japanese aralia
  • Good luck palm
  • Japanese holly fern
  • Madagascar jasmine
  • Grape hyacinth
  • Japanese moss
  • Magnolia bush
  • Grape Ivy
  • Japanese pittosporum
  • Marigold
  • Grape Vine
  • Jasmine
  • Maidenhair Fern
  • Great willow herb
  • Jewel orchid
  • Mahonia aquifolium
  • Green ripple peperomia
  • Joseph’s coat
  • Malabar gourd
  • Greenbrier
  • Jungle geranium
  • Malaysian dracaema
  • Manila palm
  • Neanthe bella palm
  • Pink polka dot plant
  • Manzanita
  • Nematanthus spp.
  • Pink starlite
  • Mapleleaf begonia
  • Neanthebella
  • Pirliteiro
  • Maranta
  • Neoregelia
  • Pitaya
  • Marbled fingernail
  • Nephrolepsis
  • Pittosporum
  • Maroon
  • Nerve plant
  • Plantanus orientalis
  • May Apple
  • New silver and bronze
  • Plantanus occidentalis
  • Mary-bud
  • Night blooming cereus
  • Platinum peperomia
  • Measles plant
  • Platycerium alicicorne
  • Melons
  • Odontoglossum spp.
  • Plumbago larpentiae
  • Metallic peperomia
  • Old man cactus
  • Plush plant
  • Metallic leaf begonia
  • Old world orchid
  • Polka dot plant
  • Mexican firecracker
  • Orange star
  • Polystichum falcatum
  • Mexican rosettes
  • Oregon grape
  • Pony tail Palm
  • Mexican snowballs
  • Ossifragi vase
  • Poplar
  • Miniature date palm
  • Porcelain flower
  • Minature fish tail
  • Paddy’s Wig
  • Pot marigold
  • Minature maranta
  • Painted lady
  • Prairie snowball
  • Minature marble plant
  • Pampus grass
  • Prayer plant
  • Mistletoe cactus
  • Panamiga
  • Prickly bottlebrush
  • Mockernut hickory
  • Pansy orchid
  • Prostrate coleus
  • Monkey Plant
  • Paradise palm
  • Purple baby tears
  • Mosaic plant
  • Parlor palm
  • Purple passion vine
  • Moses-in-the-cradle
  • Parlor plant
  • Purple Velvet
  • Mosiac vase
  • Parsley
  • Purple waffle plant
  • Moss agate
  • Passion Flower
  • Purpleosier willow
  • Moss campion
  • Parsley fern
  • Pyracanthus
  • Moss fern
  • Peace begonia
  • Moss phlox
  • Peacock plant
  • Queen’s spiderwort
  • Moss rose
  • Pearl plant
  • Queencup
  • Mossy campion
  • Pearly dots
  • Queens spiderwort
  • Mother-In-Law’s Tongue
  • Peperomia hederifolia
  • Queensland arrowroot
  • Mother fern
  • Peperomia peltifolia
  • Mother spleenwort
  • Peperomia rotundifolia
  • Rabbits foot fern
  • Mother of pearl
  • Peperomia sandersii
  • Rainbow orchid
  • Mountain camellia
  • Pepper face
  • Raphiolepsis
  • Mountain grape
  • PepperminPeperomia
  • Red african violet
  • Mulberry bush greenbrier
  • Persian violet
  • Red berried greenbrier
  • Mulberry tree
  • Petunia
  • Red edge peperomia
  • Musa paradisiaca
  • Pheasant plant
  • Red hawthorne
  • Muscari armeniacum
  • Piggy back plant
  • Red veined prayer
  • Muscari spp.
  • Pigmy date palm
  • Reed palm
  • Muskmellon
  • Pignut
  • Rex begonia
  • Pignut hickory
  • Rhynchophorum
  • Nadina
  • Pilea microphylla
  • Roosevelt fern
  • Narrow leafed pleomele
  • Pilea mucosa
  • Rose
  • Nasturtium
  • Pink Brocade
  • Royal velvet plant
  • Natal plum
  • Pink Pearl
  • Rubber plant, baby
  • Russian olive
  • Sweetheart peperomia
  • Walking anthericum
  • Sweet william
  • Wandering Jew
  • Saffron spike zebra
  • Sword fern
  • Washington hawthorn
  • Sand verbena
  • Water hickory
  • Satin pellionia
  • Tahitian bridal veil
  • Watermelon begonia
  • Sawbrier
  • Tailed orchid
  • Watermelon peperomia
  • Scabious
  • Tall feather fern
  • Watermelon pilea
  • Scarlet orchid
  • Tall mahonia
  • Wax plant
  • Scarlet sage
  • Teasel gourd
  • Wax rosette
  • Sensative Plant
  • Texas sage
  • Weeping bottlebrush
  • Shagbark hickory
  • Thea japonica
  • Weeping sergeant hemlock
  • Shan ku’ei-lai
  • Thimble cactus
  • Weisdornbluten
  • Shellbark hickory
  • Thistle
  • West indian gherkin
  • Shiny leaf smilax
  • Thorn apple
  • Western sword
  • Shrimp cactus
  • Ti Plant
  • White Clover
  • Silver bell
  • Ti hu-ling
  • White ginger
  • Silver berry
  • Tiger orchid
  • White edged swedish ivy
  • Silver heart
  • Toad spotted cactus
  • White heart hickory
  • Silver-leaf peperomia
  • Tous-les-mois
  • Whitman fern
  • Silver nerve plant
  • Trailing peperomia
  • Wild buckwheat
  • Silver pink vine
  • Tree cactus
  • Wild buckwheat
  • Silver star
  • Tree gloxinia
  • Wild hyacinth
  • Silver table fern
  • Tropical moss
  • Wild lantana
  • Silver tree anamiga
  • True cantalope
  • Wild sarsaparilla
  • Slender deutzia
  • Tu fu-ling
  • Wild strawberry
  • Small fruited hickory
  • Tulip poplar
  • Willow
  • Smilax tamnoides vas
  • Tulip tree
  • Willow herb
  • Spearmint
  • Turban squash
  • Windmill palm
  • Spice orchid
  • Winter cattleya
  • Spider ivy
  • Umbrella plant
  • Withered snapdragon
  • Spider plant
  • Urbinia agavoides
  • Woolflower
  • Spotted laurel
  • Usambara violet
  • Spruce
  • Yellow bloodleaf
  • Squarenut
  • Variegated laurel
  • Yellow-flowered gourd
  • Squirrels foot fern
  • Variegated oval leaf
  • Yerba Linda
  • Staghorn, Elk’s Horn
  • peperomia
  • Yucca
  • Star jasmine
  • Variegated philodendron leaf
  • Star plant
  • Variegated wandering ew
  • Zebra haworthia
  • Star tulip
  • Variegated wax plant
  • Zebra plant
  • Star window plant
  • Velvet plant
  • Zinnia sp.
  • Strawberry
  • Venus fly trap
  • Zucchini squash
  • String of Beads
  • Verona fern
  • Striped blushing
  • Verona lace fern
  • Safe Trees for Perches
  • Sugar pods
  • Vining peperomia
  • Sulfur flower
  • Violet
  • Citrus (all)
  • Summer hyacinth
  • Violet slipper gloxinia
  • Almond
  • Swedish ivy
  • Apple
  • Sweetheart hoya
  • Waffle plant
  • Apricot
  • Arbutus Ash Beech Birch
  • Cactus Wood Cottonwood Crab Apple Dogwood Elm
  • Fir
  • Grape vines Guava Hawthorn Larch Magnolia Madrona Mansanita Mulberry
  • Papaya Peach Pear
  • Pine (not with stick sap) Plum
  • Poplar Prune Thurlow Vine Maple