En Español

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
3 ratings

Thursday - May 20, 2010

From: Las Cruces, NM
Region: Southwest
Topic: Poisonous Plants
Title: Are globe mallows (Sphaeralcea spp.) harmful to dogs
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

My dogs eat the wild globe mallow plants in my yard. Could that be harmful to them?

ANSWER:

There are nine species of globemallow that are native to New Mexico—Sphaeralcea angustifolia (copper globemallow), Sphaeralcea coccinea (scarlet globemallow), Sphaeralcea fendleri (Fendler's globemallow), Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia (gooseberryleaf globemallow), Sphaeralcea hastulata (spear globemallow), Sphaeralcea incana (gray globemallow), Sphaeralcea laxa (caliche globemallow), Sphaeralcea leptophylla (scaly globemallow) and Sphaeralcea parvifolia (smallflower globemallow)—but none of them, nor any other member of the genus Sphaeralcea appears on any of the toxic plant databaes shown below. It isn't very likely that they will hurt your dogs.

Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List-Dogs

Poisonous Plants of North Carolina

Cornell University Plants Poisonous to Livestock

University of Pennsylvania Poisonous Plants

Canadian Poisonous Plants Information System

 

More Poisonous Plants Questions

Non-toxic trees for cattle, horses and swine in Washington state.
December 04, 2015 - What non-toxic trees can be planted in cattle pastures in Central Washington? We also have horses and swine on the property.
view the full question and answer

Identification of a cucumber-like vine with fruit
November 16, 2011 - We found tiny, grape-size white melon-like fruit on a vine, with tomato-like/cucumber-like seeds. The leaves on the vine were similar to grape or cucumber leaves, but not spiny. They were behind our...
view the full question and answer

Searching for poisonous plants from Kansas City
November 13, 2010 - Looking on how to acquire wourali vine, upas, or arrow poison wood.
view the full question and answer

Poisonous weeds in Bedford County, PA
June 21, 2010 - I am battling my second bad round of poison in a month, this time on my face and in my left eye. It's awful. Problem is, I have looked and looked for poison ivy, oak and sumac around my neighborhoo...
view the full question and answer

Source for seeds of New Mexico locust from Abilene TX
October 23, 2012 - Is there a place to buy Robinia neomexicana native to Texas or order seed from Texas grown plants?
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | JOBS | SITEMAP | STAFF INTRANET
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center