15 Pet-Friendly Houseplants That Add Green Without the Worry
When your animals are your family, keeping them safe is a top priority. One way to watch over them is to choose pet-friendly houseplants for your home. Nontoxic plants are a great way to add color and texture to your decor while keeping your furry friends safe. We've rounded up a list of indoor plants safe for cats and dogs.
Pet-Friendly Plants: A Word of Caution
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 to know which plants are a no-go for Fido? See our list of plants that are toxic to cats and dogs.
1. African Violet
Want a pet-friendly houseplant 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.
2. Air Plant
Tillandsia varieties are modern, cool, and best of all, safe for pets. But beware: Cats and dogs alike will love chewing on their spindly leaves—make sure you keep them out of reach.
3. Aluminum Plant or Watermelon Plant
The variegated gray-and-green leaves of Aluminum Plant make it an attractive option for the home, as well as a great nontoxic plant for cats and dogs alike.
4. Christmas Cactus
Unlike its dangerous holiday counterpart amaryllis, Christmas cactus is thankfully nontoxic to cats and dogs. It may cause intestinal discomfort if ingested, but overall it's a safer choice than many other festive plants.
5. Some Varieties of Ferns
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 (pictured) are fair game for pet-friendly households; beware of toxic misnomers such as asparagus fern, which is actually part of the lily family.
7. Some Herbs
Indoor herb gardens are an easy, fun way to add fresh flavor to your cooking. But not all herbs are created equal when it comes to pet safety. Standards like lavender and oregano are off-limits, but pets can handle basil (pictured), sage, and thyme.
9. Lipstick Plant
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.
10. Parlor Palm
Parlor palm is the perfect solution for pet owners looking to add a small tree. Safe for cats and dogs, it's also great for beginners.
11. Phalaenopsis Orchid
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.
12. Polka Dot Plant
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.
14. Spider Plant
This indoor gardening classic is a staple for many reasons, not to mention it's a cat- and dog-friendly plant. A fan of both pots and hanging baskets, this happy-go-lucky plant will thrive anywhere indoors.
15. Some Succulents
Many of the most popular succulents—including hens and chicks, echeveria, and rosettes—aren't problematic, but with so many varieties on the market, it's best to research each individual plant. Jade, for example, while similar to other succulents, is actually dangerous.