House Plants/Bougainvillea


Hello!! I received this house plant as a gift and want to know if is dangerous to animals cats in particular.  This would be a great help if I need to regift to keep it alive.  I just love the plant and hope I can keep it.  Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.  Have a great day!

My research only shows that Bougainvillea sap can cause a skin irritation to people...I don't believe the plant will harm your cat...I have 2 cats (1 male & 1 female) and I would grow this plant in my house...My cats don't eat any of our plants...Bougainvillea is not on any toxicity plant list for animals...
Hope this helps...
Rick in southern NJ  

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Richard Hern


I can answer many common garden center/greenhouse houseplant questions such as , proper care, propagation of, pest problems, identification, growing mediums, construction, etc. & many more..


I currently manage a private 16 acre estate. i am in charge of the general maintenance of buildings and i supervise the landscape maintenance staff. i teach landscape/horticulture evening classes for a community college in NJ. I taught landscape/horticultural classes for a NJ vocational high school for 5 years. prior to that I owned & operated a landscape/garden center facility for 20 + years. My experience is in commercial & residential sales & care of houseplants as well as landscaping.


BS degree in Zoology (Entomology)
Certified landscape/horticulture teacher NJ

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