While houseplants have the ability to bring life to a room and purify the air while doing it, a drawback is that many houseplants are toxic to animals and children. We're here to show you a number of plants that add beauty to your home without worry.
Keep in mind that while there are a number of plants that are technically safe for cats and dogs, it's best to eliminate temptation and place all houseplants out of reach. It will save you from cleaning up a mess, plus prevent possible tummy aches and digestive problems in your pets. If your pet ever does ingest a plant, make sure to watch it closely for any signs of a negative reaction. Just because a plant is nontoxic for cats and dogs doesn't mean ingesting it will make them feel good!
Want pet-safe houseplants with blooms? Look no further than African violet. This versatile, hardworking houseplant is right at home with your pets. It comes in a range of purple hues, and it's low maintenance and thrives without bright light.
Tillandsia varieties are modern, cool, and best of all, houseplants not toxic to pets. But beware: Cats and dogs alike will love chewing on their spindly leaves—make sure you keep them out of reach.
Identifying ferns can be a bit tricky, as there are several plants with the word "fern" in their name that are not actually part of the Pteridophyta family. True ferns such as Boston and maidenhair are fair game for pet-friendly households; beware of toxic misnomers such as asparagus fern, which is actually part of the lily family.
Pretty lace flower vine is an easy houseplant safe for pets that grows best in hanging baskets, out of reach of curious cats and dogs. But should an extra-persistent pet make their way into the pot, they'll be safe.
This quirky plant with blooms that resemble tubes of lipstick is happily safe for cats and dogs alike. A native of the tropics, it thrives in bright light and loves being outside in the warmer months. Other members of the Peperomia family are also pet-friendly.
The ever-common phalaenopsis orchid (the one you're most likely to see in the floral shop) isn't harmful to pets. But one thing to watch for: Dogs and cats who love to chew may get into trouble in the potting mix, which contains a large amount of bark.
Polka dot plant is perfect for adding a fun splash of pattern to miniature gardens, terrariums, mixed containers, and more. Available in an array of colors such as white and pink, it's as versatile as it is whimsical.
Prayer plant, topping out at 6-8 inches, is ideal for small spaces such as bookshelves and end tables. Its red, cream and green leaves curl up at night, giving it its name. What's more, it's one of the easiest houseplants you can grow.