The short answer to the question is “No.” In general, succulent plants like CAL Farms 36 of 2″ Beautiful Rosettes Succulents are safe and do not pose danger to humans and even their pets. However, it is a good idea to know that there are actually a few succulent plants that pose a threat to humans and animals.

When people start welcoming the idea of growing succulents at home, they would not even think that some of these may be harmful to them. After all, some succulents are actually edible. We’re talking about the Aloe Vera and the Opuntia ficus-indica (Prickly Pear), both of which could be eaten.

Of course, we all know that the spines on cacti can be quite painful. That is based on personal experience while taking care of the cacti garden. But aside from the thorns of the cacti, not much has been talked about regarding the dangers of succulent plants.

Growing a succulent garden indoors or even outdoors, however, will make you question whether it is safe for you and the rest of the family. This was a conscious topic that has been discussed at home when the children started growing up and they have become quite curious with all the things they see, succulent plants included. Generally, succulents do not pose threat to human health, but there are a few that could potentially cause illness or pain to people who come across them.

If you are not aware of the kind of succulent plants you have at home, you can either do your own research or call poison control if in case your children or your pets ingest any succulent. While it may not cause any serious harm, it’s still better to be on charge of things as it can make them sick.

If you have children and animals roaming around your house, it’s a good idea to check out if your garden contains any succulent plants that are harmful to them. While most animals will not go near plants that could make them sick, not everyone will understand the dangers it could pose.


The most commonly known poisonous succulent is called the Euphorbia family. These contain a white sap in their leaves that can cause irritation on the skin. Not all people will react negatively when they get into contact with a Euphorbia, but it can still cause rashes to people who touch them.

When handling Euphorbia, make sure you use gloves to avoid skin contact with them. You also shouldn’t ingest the sap or a Euphorbia plant in general.


Kalanchoes are not dangerous for humans, but they can cause animals to get sick if they eat the leaves. It is rarely fatal, though, so there is no need to worry. A simple visit to the veterinarian will solve the issue.

Euphorbias and Kalanchoes are the only two succulent plants that are considered poisonous. However, it is important to keep sharp succulents out of reach of children and animals. When you place them indoors, you should place these succulents far away from their reach.

About the author
Giancarlo Perlas
A freelance writer who loves cars, sports, carpentry, and gardening. Check him out on Twitter at @giancarloperlas and Pinterest at Succulent Shaman.

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