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Due to its long flowering period, the damsel-eye (Coreopsis) is a prized flowering plant in many gardens. Since many perennials that are traditionally planted in cottage gardens, such as the harlequin, can have both therapeutic and poisonous effects, the question of possible toxicity also arises in the case of the harlequin.

The girl's eye is harmless to humans and animals

A type of plant for carefree ornament in the garden

In contrast to many other flowering plants, the damsel's eye is not poisonous. You do not necessarily need to wear gloves when pruning the plants, as there is usually no skin irritation to be expected. This makes the relatively easy-to-care-for damsel's-eye a good alternative to the following flowering plants, some of which are highly poisonous, in gardens that are accessible to children and pets:

  • thimble
  • Giant Bear Claw
  • angel trumpet
  • aconite
  • broom

Blooming greenery for animal enclosures

Because the herb is non-toxic to dogs, cats and turtles, the damsel's eye is also suitable as a plant for pets' outdoor enclosures in the summer. Under certain circumstances, you should first grow young plants in a pot before planting them out in the animal enclosure. In this way you prevent damage caused by feeding which immediately means the end of the whole plant.


Even if the Maideneye is one of the non-toxic beauties in the garden, a surprisingly large number of pretty flowering plants in the garden sometimes have a highly toxic effect on people and animals. While this shouldn't be cause for hysteria, it doesn't hurt to have the poison control center number near the phone in case of emergencies.

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