The true amaryllis plant is the Amaryllis belladonna, which has a thicker stalk than other plants that commonly fall under the amaryllis name; in the belladonna, funnel-shaped flowers emerge from a solid stem. The scientific name is Amaryllidaceae and it contains a toxic substance called lycorine.


Ingestion of parts of the plant such as leaves or stems can cause gastrointestinal distress. The chance of a foreign body obstruction is a possibility if your pet chokes on the bulb. If your pet eats several amaryllis bulbs, the symptoms can be more pronounced.

  • Drooling
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Low blood pressure
  • Respiratory distress

Types of Plants

  • A. belladonna
  • naked lady
  • giant amaryllis,
  • Dutch amaryllis, and
  • St. Joseph’s lily.

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