Kaffir lily

Kaffir lily

Plants

Scientific name

Clivia miniata

Alternate names

Clivia, Clivia Lily, Flame Lily, September Lily

Toxicity to pets

The Kaffir lily is a beautiful, large plant with succulent green leaves and beautiful bunched flowers (which are most commonly orange in color). Depending on how much ingested, however, the Kaffir lily can potentially be as dangerous. All parts of this plant, especially the bulb, contain alkaloids and lycorine, which can cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, hypotension (a low blood pressure), tremors, seizures, and potentially cardiac rhythm abnormalities if enough is ingested. The Kaffir lily is not a “true” lily – in other words, it is not part of the lily family (Lilium or Hemerocallis) that is known for causing kidney failure in cats.

Common signs to watch for:

  • vomiting
  • salvation
  • diarrhea; large ingestions cause convulsions
  • low blood pressure
  • tremors, and cardiac arrhythmias
  • Bulbs are the most poisonous part.

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Dogs

Toxicity Level

Mild

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Toxicity Level

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Disclaimer

The content of this page is not veterinary advice. A number of factors (amount of substance ingested, size of the animal, allergies, etc.) determine what is toxic to a particular pet. If you think your pet has eaten something potentially toxic, call Pet Poison Helpline or seek immediate veterinary treatment.