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Dog Safe Landscaping

Now that we know what plants are toxic to our dogs, what is SAFE to plant in our yard?

There are only two potential toxic native plants, and those are any species within the euphorbia (‘akoko) and wikstroemia (‘akia) genera.  Be sure to learn their scientific names since Hawaiian names can refer to other species within other genera.  Toxic native Hawaiian plants are pretty uncommon since most native species have lost their need for defense mechanisms against mammals.

Looking for safe, durable landscaping?  Many of the native ferns are quite durable, as are ground covers like ‘ulei and pukiawe. Also mamaki.


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