Pigs called kunekune, which are pronouced "cooney cooney," are a wise choice for small farms. Kunekune is a Maori word that means "big and round." These medium-sized, tasseled, sweet-natured pigs are native to New Zealand. Although no one is certain, it is believed that they are a hybrid of pigs from Indonesia and Berkshire, Poland China, and possibly Gloucester Old Spots.

  

Plants and flowers that are known to be toxic to pigs

Pigs shouldn't eat a lot of things, but if they get access, they might consume one of the plants listed below. Make sure to check the area where your pigs are to make sure none of these plants can be consumed by your pig. I've heard it said by others that pigs won't consume poison, but I haven't found that to be the case. If permitted, pigs will just be pigs and consume whatever.

In order to determine whether your pig has been exposed to or ingested a "toxic" amount of any of these plants or flowers, it is important to consider their size, age, and amount consumed. If the flower or plant is on the list and you are certain that your pig has consumed some, note the quantity, timing, and kind before contacting the ASPCA or Pet Poison Helpline to learn about possible reversal medications or treatments.

Each individual animal may react differently from others, as some may react negatively to any plant while others may consume large quantities of it without experiencing any negative effects. These are the plants that are listed on the infamous Toxic to Potbelly Pigs graphic. Even though some of the plants on the list are not at all dangerous, we nonetheless mentioned them because we needed them as a reference. Some of the plants listed belong to the same group as other members of their species and were grouped with them. It takes time to conduct the research necessary to put together a new list of substances that are specifically dangerous to pigs, but we are trying to do so.


N ame  of Plant

Toxic  part(s)

Symptoms

Ac orn

Raw nuts in large quantities

Thirst, stomach pain possible

African violet

Non-toxic


Aloe vera

Sap in large quantities

Diarrhea possible

Aluminum plant

Non-toxic


Alyssum

Non-toxic


Amaryllis

Bulb

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

Angel’s trumpet

All parts

Nausea, vomiting, dry warm skin and mouth, delirium

Apple

Seeds in large quantities

Stomach pain, vomiting, breathing difficulties, rise in blood pressure with delayed symptoms possible

Apricot

Kernel in the pit, in large quantities

Same as apple

Artillery plant

Non-toxic


Arrowhead vine

All parts

Burning irritation of mouth, throat and stomach which may be severe

Asparagus fern

All parts

Skin irritation possible

Aster, annual

(Callistephus sp.)

Non-toxic


Aster, perennial

(Aster sp.)

Non-toxic


Avocado

Seeds, leaves, bark

Toxic to birds and other animals

Azalea

(Rhododendron sp.)

All parts

Vomiting, diarrhea, muscle weakness, drowsiness, headache

Baby’s breath

Non-toxic


Baneberry

Roots, berries

Pain and swelling of mouth and throat, severe stomach pain, headache, dizziness, bloody diarrhea and urine, hallucinations, rise in heart rate

Barberry

Roots

Burning sensation of mouth and skin, nausea and vomiting

Begonia

Non-toxic


Bittersweet

(Solanum sp.)

All parts except ripe fruit

See nightshade



Name of Plant

Toxic part(s)

Symptoms

Bittersweet

(Celestrus sp.)

All parts

Vomiting, diarrhea, chills possible

Blue cohosh

Roots, leaves, seeds

Severe stomach pain, salivation, nausea, vomiting, headache, fever, skin irritation

Blueflag iris

Root, possibly leaves

See iris

Boston fern

Non-toxic


Braken fern

All parts

Toxic to cattle, cancer-causing if chronic human ingestion

Bridal wreath

Non-toxic


Buckthorn

Berries, bark, roots

Nausea, stomach cramps, watery or bloody diarrhea, dizziness

Burning bush

(Euonymus sp.)

Bark

Vomiting, diarrhea

Burro’s tail

Non-toxic


Cactus

Spines

Mechanical irritation and pain

Caladium

All parts

Same as dieffenbachia

Calla lily

All parts

Same as arrowhead vine

Canna lily

Non-toxic


Carnation

Leaves

Mouth and skin irritation possible

Castor bean

All parts, especially seeds

Mouth and stomach pain, diarrhea, bleeding, kidney failure, seizures, death

Cherry

Kernel in the pit, in large quantities

Same as apple

Chinese evergreen

Non-toxic


Chinese lantern

(Physalis sp.)

All parts except ripe fruit

Same as nightshade

Choke cherry

Kernel in the pit, in large quantities

Same as apple

Christmas cactus

Non-toxic


Christmas tree

Needles, sap

Mechanical obstruction, skin and eye irritation (sap)

Chrysanthemum

Flower heads, possibly leaves

Skin irritation, itching, sneezing, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, numbness of lips and tongue

Cocoa bean mulch

Shells

Toxic to dogs

Coleus

Non-toxic



Name of Plant

Toxic part(s)

Symptoms

Corn plant

Non-toxic


Cotoneaster

Non-toxic


Crabapple

Seeds in large quantities

Same as apple

Crocus

(Spring-blooming)

Non-toxic


Croton

Non-toxic


Daffodil

All parts

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin irritation

Dandelion

Non-toxic


Daphne

All parts

Burning irritation of mouth, throat and stomach, salivation, swollen lips, vomiting, diarrhea, skin irritation, kidney damage possible

Day lily

Non-toxic


Death camas

Bulb, flowers

Burning irritation of mouth, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness

Delphinium

All parts, especially seeds

Burning irritation of mouth and throat, nausea, vomiting, nervousness, skin irritation

Devil’s Ivy

All parts

Same as arrowhead vine

Dieffenbachia

All parts

Irritation, swelling and pain of mouth, lips, and throat. Skin irritation may be severe. May block breathing or swallowing.

Digitalis

All parts

Stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, irregular heartbeat

Dogbane

All parts

Stomach pain, rise in blood pressure, irregular heartbeat

Donkey tail

Non-toxic

See burro’s tail

Dracaena

Non-toxic

Toxic to cats

Dumbcane

All parts

See dieffenbachia

Easter cactus

Non-toxic

Same as Christmas cactus

Easter lily

Non-toxic

Toxic to cats

Elderberry

All parts except ripe, (cooked?) fruit

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, caution with raw fruit

Elephant’s ear

All parts

Same as dieffenbachia

English ivy

Leaves, berries

Mouth, throat, stomach irritation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea possible


Name of Plant

Toxic part(s)

Symptoms

False aralia

Non-toxic


False Solomon’s seal

Non-toxic


Ficus

Leaves

Mouth and skin irritation possible from sap

Fittonia

Non-toxic


Forsythia

Non-toxic


Foxglove

All parts

See digitalis

Fuchsia

Non-toxic


Garlic

?

Potentially toxic to dogs

Geranium

All parts

Skin irritation possible

Gladiolus

Bulb

Nausea, vomiting, skin irritation

Gold-dust plant

Non-toxic


Golden seal

Roots

Mouth and skin irritation, nausea, vomiting

Grape hyacinth

Non-toxic


Grape ivy

Non-toxic


Hawaiian ti

Non-toxic


Hemlock, poison

(Conium sp.)

All parts (often mistaken for parsley)

Nausea, vomiting, mouth and throat irritation, dizziness, seizures

Hemlock, water

(Cicuta sp.)

All parts, especially roots

Nausea, salivation, diarrhea, fever, delirium, dilated pupils, seizures

Hens and chicks

Non-toxic


High bush cranberry (Viburnum sp.)

Non-toxic


Hindu rope plant

Non-toxic


Hibiscus

Non-toxic


Holly

Berries in large quantities

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea possible

Honeysuckle

Non-toxic


Horse chestnut

(Aesculus sp.)

Young sprouts, nuts

Mouth irritation, vomiting, diarrhea.

See also sweet chestnut

Hosta

Non-toxic


Hoya

Non-toxic


Hyacinth

Bulb

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin irritation


Name of Plant

Toxic part(s)

Symptoms

Hydrangea

Buds, leaves

Stomach pain, vomiting, dizziness, headache, breathing difficulties, delayed symptoms possible

Impatiens

Non-toxic


Iris

Root, possibly leaves

Burning irritation of mouth and throat, vomiting, diarrhea

Jack-in-the-pulpit

All parts

Same as dieffenbachia

Jade plant

Non-toxic


Japanese lantern

(Physalis sp.)

All parts except ripe fruit

Same as nightshade

Jerusalem cherry

Leaves, unripe fruit

Same as nightshade

Juniper

Leaves

Skin irritation, may be severe

Kalanchoe

Non-toxic


Lantana

All parts, especially unripe fruit

Stomach upset, watery or bloody diarrhea, dilated pupils, muscle weakness, delayed symptoms possible

Larkspur

All parts

See delphinium

Lilac

Non-toxic


Lily-of-the-valley

All parts

Same as digitalis

Lipstick plant

Non-toxic


Locust, black

(Robinia sp.)

All parts except flowers

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness

Locust, honey

(Gleditsia sp.)

Non-toxic


Maple tree

Non-toxic


Marigold

Non-toxic


Mayapple

All parts except ripe fruit

Stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, skin irritation

Milkweed

All parts

Stomach irritation, diarrhea, weakness, loss of appetite

Mistletoe, American

All parts

Vomiting, diarrhea possible

Monkshood

All parts

Nausea, burning irritation of mouth and skin, vomiting, difficulty speaking and swallowing, dizziness

Monstera

All parts

Same as dieffenbachia


Name of Plant

Toxic part(s)

Symptoms

Moonflower

All parts

Same as angel’s trumpet

Morning glory

Seeds

Confusion, lack of coordination, blurred vision, hallucinations

Moses-in-the-cradle

Sap

Skin irritation

Mother-in-law-tongue

(Dieffenbachia sp.)

All parts

See dieffenbachia

Mother-in-law-tongue (Sanseveria sp.)

Non-toxic


Mountain ash

Non-toxic


Mulberry

Non-toxic


Narcissus

Bulb

See daffodil

Nightshade

(Solanum sp.)

All parts except ripe fruit

Stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, delayed symptoms possible

Norfolk Island pine

Non-toxic


Oleander

All parts

Same as digitalis

Onion

??

Potentially toxic to dogs

Orchid

Non-toxic


Ornamental pepper

(Capsicum sp.)

Fruit, seeds

Mouth, throat, skin irritation, possibly severe

Palm

Non-toxic


Panda plant

Non-toxic


Pansy

Non-toxic


Peace lily

All parts

Same as arrowhead vine

Peach

Kernel in the pit, in large quantities

Same as apple

Peony

Roots, flowers, seeds

Skin irritation, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea

Peperomia

Non-toxic


Petunia

Non-toxic


Philodendron

All parts

Same as dieffenbachia

Piggy-back plant

Non-toxic


Pilea

Non-toxic


Pin cherry

Kernel in the pit, in large quantities

Same as apple


Name of Plant

Toxic part(s)

Symptoms

Plum

Kernel in the pit, in large quantities

Same as apple

Poinsettia

Leaves, sap

Mouth and skin irritation

Poison ivy

All parts (even smoke from burning leaves)

Itching, rash, oozing sores, swelling of mouth and throat, fever

Poison oak

All parts

Same as poison ivy

Poison sumac

All parts

Same as poison ivy

Pothos

All parts

Same as dieffenbachia

Prayer plant

Non-toxic


Privet

All parts

Stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea

Purple passion

Non-toxic


Queen Anne’s lace

Leaves, flowers

Sun-induced skin irritation.

Same as wild parsnip

Rhododendron

All parts

See azalea

Rhubarb

Leaves in large quantities

Mouth and skin irritation, kidney damage possible

Rose

Non-toxic


Rubber plant

Sap

Mouth and skin irritation

Sanseveria

Non-toxic


Schefflera

Non-toxic


Sedum

Non-toxic


Shamrock

All parts

Same as arrowhead vine

Snapdragon

Non-toxic


Snowberry

Fruit

Vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, dizziness

Snow-on-the-mountain

All parts

Sap causes skin rash, blisters, mouth, throat and stomach irritation

Solomon’s seal

Fruit

Stomach irritation possible

Spider plant

Non-toxic


Spurges (All species)

All parts

Same as snow-on-the-mountain

Stinging nettle

All parts

Skin burning, irritation

Strawberry begonia

Non-toxic


Swedish ivy

Non-toxic



Name of Plant

Toxic part(s)

Symptoms

Sweet pea

All parts

Cramps, loss of sensation, paralysis. Symptoms delayed, usually chronic or large ingestion

Thanksgiving cactus

Non-toxic

Same as Christmas cactus

Tulip

Bulb

Mouth and skin irritation

Umbrella plant

(Cyperus sp.)

All parts

Diarrhea, kidney damage possible if chronic ingestion

Umbrella tree

(Brassaia sp.)

Non-toxic


Violet (outdoors)

Non-toxic


Virginia creeper

All parts

Mouth and skin irritation

Yucca

Non-toxic


Wandering jew

Non-toxic


Wax plant

Non-toxic


Weeping fig

Sap

Mouth and skin irritation

Wild grape

Non-toxic

Check ID against Virginia creeper

Wild parsnip

All parts

Severe, progressive skin irritation with blister formation, worsening with exposure to sunlight

Wisteria

All parts

Mouth, throat and skin irritation, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea

Yew, American

(Taxus sp.)

All parts except red fleshy cup around the seed

Vomiting, dizziness, trembling, dry mouth, stomach pain, rash, weakness

Yew, English

(Taxus sp.)

All parts except red fleshy cup around the seed

Same as yew, American

Yew, Japanese

(Taxus sp.)

All parts except red fleshy cup around the seed

Same as yew, American

Yew, Japanese

(Podocarpus sp.)

Light blue berries, leaves

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

Zebra plant

Non-toxic


Zinnia

Non-toxic



s (i.e. daffodils, tulips, scillas, hyacinths among others).