Toxic hardy geraniums?

schifferle(5b NE Kansas)April 15, 2009

I emailed a friend that I was growing hardy geraniums in my yard. The only problem I was having was with them loving to chase each other through them and doing a bit of their own landscaping by doing so. My friend insists that hardy geraniums are quite toxic if they should eat them. I've searched the web and can find no mention of them being poisonous. Are they? I really doubt they'll try to eat them. They're interested in the rabbits, cats and birds that sometimes come into my yard (fortunately, for them, they're good at getting away from my dogs).

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schifferle(5b NE Kansas)

Upon major, major searching, I finally found two references to Hardy Geraniums on poisonous plant lists. They did not mention just how toxic, toxic parts or symptoms. I wonder how dangerous they really are when hardy geraniums are rather common garden flowers yet it was difficult to find any lists mentioning them.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 12:11PM
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coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)

Any list of poisonous perennials that I've seen (been gardening and working in the industry for years) does not include any Geranium sp.

Here is a link that might be useful: University of Vermont list of

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 3:05PM
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schifferle(5b NE Kansas)

Geranium x 'Johnson's Blue' "...poisonous"
http://www.sunnygardens.com/garden_plants/geranium/geranium_1283.php

I'll be danged if I can find the 2 poisonous plants lists again that I saw with Hardy Geraniums on them. Saw many lists without them listed though. That's why I wasn't overly concerned. It just took me by surprise when my friend mentioned them as being toxic. That's why I was asking if anyone heard of this before. Thanks so much, cpg!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 4:34PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Do you grow azaleas? rhododendrons? ivy? daffodils? daphne? they are all toxic..... dogs aren't usually poisoned by garden plants but by anti freeze, onions, chocolate and tylenol. I would not worry about hardy geraniums.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2009 at 7:25PM
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