Are geraniums poisonous?

Are geraniums poisonous?

Geraniums are not poisonous to humans

The all-clear for both young and old because geraniums are considered non-toxic. In people who are sensitive to it, however, the sap can cause skin irritation such as redness and itching, although these are uncomfortable, but completely harmless.

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Warning: geraniums can be fatal to animals

On the other hand, it looks completely different in terms of toxicity in animals, because geraniums are dangerous for many pets. Keepers of small rodents such as hamsters, guinea pigs, hares and rabbits should be particularly careful. In these animals all components of the geranium have no place in the feed. Geraniums, on the other hand, are not dangerous for cats and dogs.

Edible geranium flowers

In particular, the flowers of the scented geraniums can be used, dried or fresh, for various hearty dishes, for desserts or for decoration - for example frozen in an ice cube and then served in a refreshing drink or in Prosecco.

Recipe ideas

Scented geraniums give off an intense aroma of rose, mint, lemon or apple and are not only suitable for driving away annoying insects, but can also be used in a variety of ways in the kitchen. Have you already tried the following ideas:

  • Flower butter with geraniums
  • Geranium liqueur
  • Geranium lemonade
  • Geranium salad

You can use both the leaves and the flowers.


If you want to use edible geraniums, please do not use any purchased scented geraniums. These are mostly treated with a pesticide and are therefore still toxic. However, you can buy geraniums specially approved for the kitchen or grow them yourself.