Pictured: Vinca

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate, depending on the amount ingested

Common signs to watch for:

  • Depression
  • Hypotension (drop in blood pressure)
  • Incoordination
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death (rare)

This flowering ground cover is also commonly called “running myrtle.” Many toxic alkaloids are present in this plant including yohimbine, vincristine and vinblastine (which are drugs that are used as chemotherapeutics in human and veterinary medicine). When ingested, it can cause hypotension (drop in blood pressure), incoordination, tremors and seizures.

Poison type: plants

Alternate names: Running Myrtle, Vinca, ground cover