Poisonous Plants

which may be dangerous to llamas
or other livestock

If you suspect that one of your animals has eaten
a poisonous plant, call your veterinarian immediately for advice.

if you need help quickly
The Animal Poison Control Centre
at the University of Illinois
has a toll-free number:


Imagine taking a couple of your favourite llamas to visit a local hospital at Christmas. There are Rhododendron, Laurel, and Christmas Rose shrubs near the walkways. The building is covered in Ivy. Inside there are potted plants, Christmas Cherries and Poinsettias. The halls are decorated with Holly and Mistletoe. The llamas are impressed, it looks like a salad bar, but all the plants mentioned above are poisonous.

This list of plants covers some of the poisonous plants found in British Columbia and the surrounding areas. It is not intended as a definitive text on poisonous plants, but hopefully it will make llama owners aware of some of the things to watch out for. As an example, while gathering information for this, we discovered Deadly Nightshade in two areas on our farm, one patch growing through the fence into the llama pasture.

All of the plants listed may not be poisonous to llamas, but there are reports of them all being toxic in varying degrees. Some only need the consumption of a couple of leaves or berries to be fatal where others may only cause a bit of stomach upset. Most of the books that the information has been gleaned from refer to the poisonous effects on humans, rather than the effects on livestock.

Index of Poisonous Plants:

Aconite Alsike Clover Arrow Grass Azalea Baneberry Barberry
Belladonna Bittersweet Bleeding Heart Boxwood Bracken fern Burning Bush
Buttercup Castor Bean Cherry Choke Cherry Christmas Cherry Christmas Rose
Cowslip Crown-of-Thorns Daphne Deadly Nightshade Death Camas Delphinium
Devil’s Ivy Devil’s Weed Doll’s-eyes Dumb-Cane Elderberry Elephant Ears
English Ivy False Hellebore Foxglove Friar’s Cap Golden Chain Tree Golden Rain
Greasewood Groundsel Heaths Hellebore Helmet Flower Holly
Honeysuckle Horse Chestnut Horsetail Hydrangea Indian Poke Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Jerusalem Cherry Jimson Weed Labrador Tea Laburnum Lantana Larkspur
Lily-of-the-Valley Lily-of-the-Valley Bush Lobelia Locoweed Lupine Mandrake
Marsh Marigold Mayapple Mistletoe Monkshood Moonseed Morning-Glory
Mountain Laurel Nightshade Oak Oleander Peach Philodendron
Poinsettia Poison Hemlock Potato Pothos Privet Ragwort
Rhododendron Rosary Pea Rhubarb Rusty-Leaf Scotch Broom Skunk Cabbage
Sneezeweed Soldier’s Cap Sorrel Sour Dock Spindletree Spurge Laurel
Swamp-Laurel Sweet Pea Tansy Tansy Ragwort Thorn Apple Timber Milk-Vetch
Tomato Water Hemlock White Baneberry White-flowered
White Hellebore Wisteria
Wolfsbane Yew Poisonous Bulbs