Is the Confederate Jasmine Star Toxic?

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Star jasmine is often called confederate jasmine because of its widespread use in the southeastern United States. It is an attractive and safe landscaping option.

Confederate Jasmine

  • Confederate jasmine's dark green leaves turn purple in the winter. Each white flower has five petals that resemble a pinwheel. It grows well in climates where temperatures rarely drop below freezing.

Toxicity

  • While not an edible flower like squash blossoms or nasturtium, the flower, leaves and stems of the confederate jasmine are not toxic. If your dog, cat or a livestock animal grazes on your plant, it will not make them seriously ill nor harm them.

Considerations

  • While a confederate jasmine plant is not toxic, eating any unfamiliar food can upset an animal's digestive system. Common symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea. If your dog or cat becomes ill after eating a star jasmine plant, make sure your pet has access to plenty of water, and keep it away from the plant in the future.

References

  • ASPCA: Confederate Jasmine
  • "Making the Most of Shade"; Larry Hodgson; 2005
  • "The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook"; Betsy Brevitz; 2009
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