Foxgloves and Cats
8000wildflowers Posts: 278
Hi, catching up a little late on my Gardeners World mag and tv and I see a wonderful pic of Monty's shaded garden full of foxgloves.
I have a lot of dry shade and have avoided foxgloves (and lilies) due to the potential harm of the pollen to my cats. But they would fit well with my cottage/natural look under the trees and give the height I need.
I'm sure Monty's had cats in the past.
Whats the view here on the forum, should I avoid foxgloves or give it a go? Do you? I know animals are supposed to avoid harmful things out of instinct but there have been cases reported. And my cats do like sitting in the garden beds.
If there is one incident involving one plant and one cat the press will make it sound like a pandemic.
Cats and foxgloves have coexisted since before journalists were invented
In the sticks near Peterborough
Cats and foxgloves leave each other well alone - always have, always will. Your cats will be perfectly safe with foxgloves in the garden.
The problems with lily pollen are usually because a cat brushes up against a vase of lilies on a table, gets pollen on its fur, and then grooms itself, licking the pollen off its coat.
Cats cannot get at the pollen of a foxglove - you have to be bee sized to be able to do that.
I've currently got 5 cats and hundreds of foxgloves and there has never been a hint of a problem. They don't taste nice either - even my sheep leave them well alone, so no possible chance a cat would be interested.
Thanks all, and great info on the foxgloves Buttercup! I think I'll get some!