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Robin Sawler
August 28th, 2011, 10:48 AM
Hi I was wondering if anyone can tell me if a Hibiscus plant is dangerous to cats

Thank you

August 28th, 2011, 11:10 AM
Hi, Robin and welcome to the forum.:)

The following website is an excellent source of information on plants that are toxic to animals:

Here is what it says about the hibiscus plant:


Additional Common Names: Rose of Sharon, Rose of China
Scientific Name: Hibiscus syriacusFamily: Malvaceae
Toxicity: Toxic to Horses, Toxic to Cats, Toxic to Dogs
Toxic Principles: Unknown
Clinical Signs: Vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, anorexia.

August 28th, 2011, 12:34 PM
Do you know the specific botanical name of the hibiscus you're asking about? Not all of them are toxic, although better to be safe than sorry. Here's some info:

“Most hibiscus are fine, but there are a couple of varieties that are poisonous to dogs in particular, and unless you know which one that is, it can be dangerous,” Tegzes says.