The seven common garden plants that pose risks to pets

A purple foxglove
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If you're lucky enough to have a garden and enjoy looking after it, then this is something you'll want to take note of.

Garden experts from GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk have highlighted some common plants that could potentially harm your pets. While the plants mentioned aren't life-threatening, they can cause irritation, burning sensations, and digestive problems in pets if ingested.

These are the seven plants they've listed, as reported by the Express:.

1. Rhubarb.

Rhubarb leaves are toxic not only to humans but also to dogs. If you grow this fruit in your garden, we Brits know we can eat the stems when making our rhubarb crumble, reports the Mirror.

However, keep the leaves out of reach of your pets.

2. Foxglove.

This plant might already be growing in your garden as it's a common flower. Despite this, the plant contains cardiac glycosides which can affect our dogs' hearts.

Although poisonings from Foxglove are rare, it's still a caution for those who have it in their gardens.

3. Hemlock Water Dropwort.

You may not recognise this name, but it's also known as poison parsnip. It can be poisonous to dogs if eaten.

And let's not forget, it can also be harmful to humans if consumed. Touching the sap on the plant can result in an unpleasant rash and blistering.

4. Giant Hogweed.

This plant can be dangerous if touched, and despite being related to carrots, it can cause nasty blisters and burns.

5. Arum Maculatum.

This woodland flowering plant, also known as Cuckoo-pint, has the potential to irritate your pet's skin.

6. Daffodil.

This spring flower, contrary to expectations, can induce vomiting or even convulsions in your dog if consumed, so ensure they do not dig these up while out on a walk.

7. Lily of the Valley.

While this plant may entice with its beautiful aroma, it carries toxicity that could render pets dizzy, induce vomiting, and cause uncomfortable rashes.

A representative from Garden Buildings Direct said: "Many homeowners choose garden plants based on them being attractive and low-maintenance. However, we are urging green-fingered Brits to educate themselves on some of the more dangerous plants that could be lurking in their garden."

"Many of the most attractive plants could leave you or your pets feeling under the weather if you come into contact with them."