Pictured: Jessamine

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally moderate

Common signs to watch for:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Paralysis
  • Decreased respiratory rate
  • Hypothermia
  • Difficulty swallowing and breathing
  • Vision problems
  • Seizures
  • Death

This plant (Gelsemium spp.), commonly found in the southeastern region of North America, is commonly named Carolina or Yellow Jessamine, Evening trumpet, or woodbine. All parts of this trailing vine contain neurotoxins (e.g., alkaloids, gelsemine, and sempervirine). When ingested by pets, it can result in clinical signs of muscle weakness, paralysis, decreased respiratory rate, hypothermia, difficulty swallowing and breathing, vision problems, seizures and death when consumed.

Poison type: plants

Alternate names: Carolina Jessamine, Yellow Jessamine, Evening trumpet, Gelsemium, woodbine