7 poisonous flowers best admired from a distance - The Green Room Flower Company

7 poisonous flowers best admired from a distance

All flowers are created equal, but not all are edible! Some things are best appreciated from a distance, and flowers are no different. 

We love creating spectacular blooming arrangements and floral wedding cakes but there's good reason why we can't add some of them to cakes, no matter how pretty they are!

Some flowers are also poisonous to our fury friends but not us, such as lilies, fiddle leaf fig, tulips and many more. Find out more about how to keep your pets safe here.

Here at the Green Room, we use a few poisonous petals, so we recommend you enjoy them in bouquets, rather than on cakes; 


Helle bore is a beautiful winter bloom and is also know as the Lenten Rose. 

Hellebores are surrounded by folklore, including the story that suggests that when scattered in the air or spread on the ground and walked upon, powdered hellebore can turn someone invisible - something we'll have to try!



Larkspur has several uses around the world, from Witch deterrents in Transylvania and midsummer cures in England, to making dye scaring and away scorpions. Larkspur blooms from early spring to late summer and grows throughout the northern hemisphere. 

Lark Spur


Part of the buttercup family, the Delphinium can reach up to 6ft in height! These beautiful but deadly flowers come in a range of colours including blue, pink and white. They're often found in the Northern Hemisphere where they grow wild. 




Whilst they make for a beautiful addition to a white bouquet, adding length and texture, Snowberries are poisonous to humans and pets. If you love a whimsical garden aesthetic, its best to keep these charming berries away from floral inspired food!

Snow Berry 

Lily of the valley

The flower of joy, love, happiness and luck, also has a perilous side. The Lily of the Valley is known for its delicate bells and beautiful scent and was the late Queen Elizabeth II's favourite flower.

It's also part of the asparagus family and is otherwise known as Lady's Tears, May Bells or Mary's Tears.

Lily of the Valley 


Ivy is one of the most well known poisonous plants. Although it makes beautiful foliage and framing, Ivy is best kept well away from food.

In ancient Greece, newlyweds would wear ivy crowns to show their loyalty and devotion to one another.




Foxgloves are interwoven into folklore and legends. It's also known as fairy thimbles, witches gloves and dead man's bells. Foxglove has death interwoven into their beautiful narrative and according to folklore, if you hear the bells ring, you'll die soon, and that picking them will offend the fairies.

Foxglove are much like Delphiniums, giving a tall and whimsical look to any bouquet or garden, however, Foxgloves are one of the most deadly flowers.

Fox Glove