I have a west-oriented balcony where I would like to grow a climbing plant, to separate my balcony from the neighborhood.

However, I found that most of the climbing plants like ivy are poisonous or at least a bit toxic for a cat. Another plant is Cissus alata but it's more for interiors: outdoor conditions in my country (-10 to +20 Celsius degrees) might not be good for it.

Can you recommend any climbing plant for my place?

  • Maybe it's just my cat but I find she doesn't play or even rub up against poisonous plants, I have quite a lot of plants in and around my house.
    – stemie
    May 6, 2015 at 8:11
  • @stemie I heard stories about cats that can differentiate and those that cannot. Any way to check where my cat belongs? Only way I can think of is to try with little toxic plant (e.g. causing only some little stomache aches).
    – dzieciou
    May 6, 2015 at 21:24

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If an annual is OK, any of the climbing/pole beans - obviously you'd prefer a perennial from the other plants mentioned, but they can be decorative and fairly lush pretty quickly - as well as providing some food.

Hmm - a climbing rose might work. Non-toxic to cats, and there are certainly varieties that are hardy enough.

Hardy Kiwi has cats listed as a possible pest (evidently it's got some catnip-like scent) but I didn't see anything suggesting it was bad for the cats.

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