To our knowledge, there’s no spell capable of telling us if a plant is toxic. So what can we do? Research! Luckily for you, you won’t have to, as The Protego Foundation has plenty of Ravenclaws who love to dive into research tasks! We’ve pulled a Hermione by hitting the Hogwarts library and finishing the homework for you. We’ll go over which plants to check out as well as which ones to avoid.
We also thought it would be fun to sort the plants according to which is most suitable for each Hogwarts House! No matter what House you're in, there’s a plant that will be happy to live alongside you and your animal friends.
Slytherin: Dark & Ambitious
Ravenclaw: Airy & Unique
Gryffindor: Vibrant & Resiliant
Hufflepuff: Reliable & Thriving
What if I’m unsure if my plants are toxic or not?
Research! Start by asking the shop you got your plants from. Another great ressource is the ASPCA’s Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants List.
What if I am planning to adopt an animal companion and can’t bear to part with my plants, some of which are toxic?
Out of sight, out of mind. See if you can dedicate a space in your home to which your animal companions won’t have access. That can be on top of your bookshelf, a high windowsill, or in another room entirely. Ultimately, you are responsible for your animal companion’s safety. Depending on your plant’s toxicity level, consequences of ingesting the leaves could range from upsetting your animal friend’s stomach to causing their death. You might consider rehoming your leafy friends if you can’t tame your companion’s curiosity. You could bring your plant to your workplace, organize a plant swap with friends, or gift them to your family.
What if my animal companion has eaten a toxic plant?
Symptoms may vary depending on how much of a plant an animal has eaten. If any unusual symptoms occur, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, difficulty breathing, or loss of consciousness, immediately bring them to your local emergency vet or Magizoologist.
Are you ready to take a leaf out of Neville’s book and check the toxicity of every plant before bringing them home? Let us know which plant from our list strikes your fancy!
Written by Assya Ahouandjinou