Our House Rules

Get to know Etsy's legal terms and policies

Our House Rules

Plants, Herbs, and Seeds

Plants and their seeds are generally allowed to be sold, but some may be considered prohibited on Etsy.

1. Herbal Drugs
2. Hazardous Plant Materials
3. Shipping Restrictions

1. Herbal Drugs

Etsy prohibits certain drug-like substances based on varying laws and regulations. This list of drug-like substances is not exhaustive and is subject to change at any time.

Etsy currently prohibits the sale of the following substances:

  • Controlled substances, such as narcotics, marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD), and steroids
  • Hallucinogenic substances, such as dimethyltryptamine (DMT), salvia, and ayahuasca
  • Khat (Catha edulis)
  • Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa)
  • Poppy pods, unwashed seeds, and straw
  • Psilocybin mushrooms, such as Amanita muscaria, fly agaric, and Amanita pantherina
  • Psychoactive cacti that produce mescaline, such as peyote, Peruvian torch, and San Pedro torch
  • Any items presented as drug-like substances

2. Hazardous Plant Materials

Some plant materials present an unreasonable risk of harm due to their toxic, caustic, or poisonous properties. These hazardous materials are prohibited from sale on Etsy.

Examples of prohibited toxic plants include, but are not limited to:

  • Certain nightshades, such as deadly nightshade and American black nightshade
  • Certain hellebore, including white hellebore and green hellebore
  • Mandrake
  • Jequirity beans/rosary peas
  • Pong-pong seeds
  • Mandrake
  • Mayapple
  • Wolfsbane

3. Shipping Restrictions

Both buyers and sellers are responsible for following any applicable laws or shipping restrictions around plants and seeds. Regulations for plants and seeds vary depending on genus and country of origin. Also, regulations for a particular plant or seed may change depending on the pest or disease status of the originating country.

You should check with your local government agency, such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) or the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), for specific guidance on what is allowed to be sold across state and national borders. Note that certain countries may have importation requirements such as a phytosanitary certificate.

Some examples of plants regulated by the USDA include bamboo seeds and plants, citrus plants, cotton seeds and plants, sandalwood, wheat, and noxious weeds. Find out more at the USDA’s website.

For information regarding Canada’s rules and regulations, please refer to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s website. In the EU, you can find more information at the European Commission’s website.

In general, seeds may be sent to Australia if the Australian Government's Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON) indicates they're permitted and are not otherwise restricted from import. Sellers should check this list before supplying seeds to buyers in Australia.

Be sure also to consult the USPS or your local shipping carrier for specific restrictions regarding shipment of plants or seeds.

Because laws vary from place to place, it is a good idea to consult an attorney or qualified legal expert if you have any further questions.

Last updated on Nov 14, 2018