Can Bearded Dragons Eat Hibiscus Flowers?

Bearded Dragons will heartily devour a wide range of insects and plants, that includes flowers. So, it may be tempting to give your special lizard something from your garden.

But, can Bearded Dragons eat hibiscus flowers? They most certainly can! However, this shouldn’t be the only thing you feed them. When you do, it only should be in sparing amounts. Plus, there are other varieties of flowers, safe and toxic, of which you should take note.


Are hibiscus flowers safe for Bearded Dragons to eat?

There are a plethora of videos online discussing what you can feed your Bearded Dragon, some of which come by vet recommendations. One particular video, though, features a Beardie devouring a hibiscus flower. It’s chomping down, with the petals curling around the Beardie’s head. This comical and adorable scene clearly shows that Bearded Dragons can eat hibiscus flowers.


What kinds of hibiscus flowers can Bearded Dragons eat?

There are hundreds of species of hibiscus, but only a few are appropriate to give your Bearded Dragon. Ones from tropical areas or those from the genus hibiscus rosa-sinensis are fine. These come under a variety of other names like China Rose, Chinese Rose, Rose Mallow, or Shoeblack Plant.

Blue hibiscus should also be okay for your Beardie. But this flower isn’t in the same family as the hibiscus species mentioned above. Blue hibiscus comes from the same family as lilacs.

Be Cautious About Sourcing

If you opt to give your Beardie a hibiscus flower, understand that you can’t just give it any you find outside. You have to ensure it’s free of herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, and fertilizers. Exercise extreme caution if giving your lizards ones found in the wild, on the side of the road, or even your backyard garden.

Ones bought in a flower shop will also have topical herbicides, pesticides, plant-growth regulators and usually come from fertilized soils. So, you have to be 100% certain that the hibiscus flower you give your Bearded Dragon is pure and organic.

Before Giving Hibiscus to your Bearded Dragon

When you do find a hibiscus flower appropriate for your Beardie, make sure you wash the petals and leaves in warm water. Repot it in fresh soil and leave it there for a few days to reduce any residual chemicals.


How often should Bearded Dragons eat hibiscus flowers?

Always exercise moderation in feeding your Beardie hibiscus flowers, or any flowers for that matter. Make sure their diet has an excellent balance of animal proteins and plant-based foods.

Flowers are a part of that, but you want to give your Bearded Dragon a wide variety of nutrients to promote a healthy, well-balanced diet. So, flowers should be rare and something of a treat. You should only give hibiscus to your lizard no more than twice per week.

Monitor After Feeding Flowers

Of course, you want to monitor your Beardie after eating any flowers, like hibiscus, to see how they react to them. Even though hibiscus flowers are safe for them to eat, it may not jive well with your particular Beardie.

Pay attention to the list of warning signs below. In the event you observe any of these after giving your lizard hibiscus flowers, stop feeding it to your Bearded Dragon:

  • Diarrhea
  • Soft Stool
  • Changes in Feces; Urination
  • Labored Breathing
  • Changes in General Respiration
  • Excessive Water Drinking
  • Excessive Rubbing of the Face or Mouth
  • Hypersalivation
  • Increased Activity
  • Weight Loss
  • Lethargy

Is there anything else that can contribute to a Bearded Dragon’s intolerance to hibiscus flowers?

Even though hibiscus is generally safe for most Beardies to eat, there are some situations where it won’t be agreeable to their systems. As a general rule, only feed hibiscus flowers to mature Beardies rather than juveniles. Baby lizards require more meat and protein when they’re first starting out.

Things like age, size, water consumption, the season of the year, core temperature, health status, preexisting health conditions, and the like contribute to a Beardie’s ability to tolerate hibiscus flowers. These will affect how well the flowers react with the lizard’s overall system and health.


Can Bearded Dragons eat any other flowers besides hibiscus flowers?

There are many types of flowers that are safe for Bearded Dragons to eat besides hibiscus flowers. As a guideline, when in doubt about the flower you have, avoid giving it to your lizard. The following is a small list of flowers most people feed to their Beardies without problem or issue:

  • Astilbe
  • Borage
  • Carnation
  • Chamomile
  • Chinese Lantern
  • Red or White Clover
  • Dahlia (flower head only)
  • Daylilies
  • Geranium
  • Impatiens
  • Johnny Jump Ups
  • Lilacs
  • Hollyhocks
  • Nasturtiums
  • Pansies
  • Petunia Hybrids
  • Phloxes
  • Roses (petals only)
  • Violets
  • Yucca (flowers only)

Conclusion

Bearded Dragons are hardy eaters that devour their food with gusto. They have to have a wide range of varied foods to stay happy, healthy, and well-fed. Hibiscus flowers can become a part of that diet. Although hibiscus is safe and fine for most Beardies to consume, there are some who may find the flower disagreeable to their digestion.

So, you want to monitor your lizard after feeding it and watch for any signs of digestive upset. The moment you think something is wrong, stop giving the hibiscus to your Beardie. Continue monitoring their behavior, digestion, and activity. If symptoms persist, take it to the vet.


FAQs

Which flowers are toxic to Bearded Dragons?

Do not feed the following list of flowers to your Bearded Dragon under any circumstances. These are very toxic and poisonous, even if administered in small amounts. They will hurt your lizard. If the flower you have on your hands isn’t listed in this article, be on the safe side and avoid giving it to your lizard altogether.

  • Amaryllis
  • Angel’s Trumpet
  • Azaleas
  • Belladonnas
  • Birds of Paradise
  • Buttercups
  • Cala Lilies
  • Clematis
  • Crocuses
  • Daffodils
  • Daphne
  • Heliotropes
  • Hyacinths
  • Hydrangeas
  • Jack-in-the-Pulpits
  • Larkspurs
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Lobelias
  • Morning Glory
  • Narcissuses
  • Oleanders
  • Periwinkles
  • Philodendrons
  • Poinsettias
  • Poppies
  • Primroses
  • Rhododendrons
  • Rosary Peas
  • Snowdrop
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Sweet Pea
  • Tulips
  • Wisteria