Sago Palm – Pretty but Deadly

A staple of Florida gardening, the sago palm is a marvel of natural design and engineering – beautiful to see but extremely poisonous. All parts of the plant contain the poison (cycasin) but the seed pods (cones, nuts) are the most deadly to both humans and pets.

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Female sago palm photographed in mid-summer before the seeds are exposed.

About 4 years ago, our cat Pirate had a run in with this plant which is on the property line with our neighbor. He showed signs of having been poisoned and our guess was he possibly chewed on a leaf or seed pod. Fortunately, he’s a strong little Tom and after some intense nursing by us, he pulled through. He’s a wiser old cat now, 15 years old and enjoying life.

Tough guy Pirate defending his mailbox. He doesn’t quite have the get-up and go to climb the mailbox anymore but it was one of his favorite hangouts when he was younger.

If you have these plants in your landscaping and you have small children or pets please be aware of the danger. For more info, you can check out this site.

Thanks for your visit!

C&C ^.^

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