When you have pets you want to be sure you’re only keeping pet friendly indoor house plants in your home.
Surprisingly, over 55% of pet owners unknowingly have a highly poisonous plant within their home.
For your peace of mind, from one pet owner to another, I’ve put together this list of indoor plants safe for cats and dogs so you can go about your day without worrying about a surprise trip to the vets.
All of these plants are classed as non toxic to pets according to ASPCA.
Not only are these plants non toxic to pets, but they also look amazing and will add a gorgeous touch of greenery to any room.
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GROWING HOUSEPLANTS THAT ARE SAFE FOR PETS
As pet owners we take great care in making sure our cats, dogs and other pets are safe and well looked after, but often, danger can come from unexpected places.
I used to love lilies until I found out that they were highly toxic to cats.
It never even crossed my mind that plants commonly sold at garden centres would be poisonous.
I always figured if they were routinely sold, then they must be safe.
That’s why I wanted to put this list of popular pet friendly houseplants together so you can grow luscious greenery without the worry and doubt.
WHAT PLANTS ARE SAFE FOR MY PETS TO EAT?
Whilst these plants are non toxic to pets (i.e. they aren’t poisonous to them), it’s still not a good idea to allow your pets to eat any type of plant.
Most non toxic indoor plants can still cause an upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhoea if they eat too much of them.
My beautiful Spanish rescue Collie is also a regular plant muncher, so much so she even eats wild flowers and grass when I take her for walks.
Luckily, there are no majorly poisonous flowers where I live.
At least I know I can keep her safe indoors, even if she goes on a feast outdoors.
To help you navigate this minefield and keep your beloved dog or cat safe, here are the best non toxic, pet friendly indoor house plants (so even if your pet does decide to take a bite, they will be okay!).
13 PET FRIENDLY INDOOR HOUSE PLANTS
Fortunately, there are many indoor plants that are safe for pets in general. I’ve listed 13 pet friendly houseplants that will add both texture and color to your home without the worry.
1. AFRICAN VIOLET
Want houseplants that are pet friendly and produce gorgeous blooming flowers? You needn’t look any further than the African Violet.
Blooming in a range of deep purple and pink hues, this gorgeous plant is sure to add a pop of color to any tabletop, desk or shelf.
Growing to around 12 inches, this houseplant can brighten up even the smallest of spaces.
Plus, it’s also considered low maintenance, and thrives in low light. Just make sure to keep the soil relatively moist.
2. BOSTON FERN
True fern species as with the case of Boston Ferns and Maidenhair Ferns are perfectly safe for your pets to be around.
These are perfect if you want to add a touch of darker greenery to your home.
Named one of the best air purifying plants by NASA, these dark green gems are best placed in the bathroom or somewhere with high humidity.
Boston Ferns typically thrive in environments similar to their natural habitat; the jungle floor.
They love indirect light, high humidity and moist soil.
3. CAST IRON PLANT
Cast Iron plants, named due to their extremely hardy nature, are one of the hardest plants to kill and are a completely pet friendly houseplant.
Known for their deep, rich green color, this pet safe plant is perfect for pet owners with busy schedules.
Cast iron plants can withstand irregular waterings, low humidity, vast temperature changes and low light conditions.
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4. MAIDENHAIR FERN
Similar to the Boston Fern, the maidenhair fern is non toxic to pets and is super easy to keep.
As maidenhairs are a true fern species, they like indirect light, high humidity and moist soil. Bathrooms would be a good place to keep these little beauties.
5. FRIENDSHIP PLANT
Friendship plants are named for the ease in which they can be divided and shared.
Rest assured, if you get given one as a gift, it’s a perfectly safe houseplant for pets.
Even if they take a bite from the furry, crinkly leaves, your furry friend will be okay.
Friendship plants love low light and thrive in moderate humidity. They also work well in terrariums.
6. LACE FLOWER VINE
Lace flower vines are an easy to grow houseplant safe for cats and dogs. Plus, they are so pretty, and look great in a hanging basket. If a persistent pet should make their way up to one of these baskets, don’t worry, no harm will be done.
Place this beautiful plant in a place with bright, indirect light and water whenever the soil starts to feel dry.
7. PARLOR PALM
Looking to add a bigger plant or small tree to your indoor living area? The Parlor Palm can grow up to 8 feet, although 4 feet is more common, and is perfect for pet owners.
Non toxic to our furry friends, yet super low maintenance, this plant is ideal for beginners.
It tolerates most light conditions, including low light. Water when the top inch of the soil is dry.
8. SPIDER PLANT
A firm favourite with pet owners, not only are spider plants super easy to care for and are a pet friendly houseplant, but they are also are fantastic air purifiers, removing formaldehyde, benzene, xylene and carbon monoxide.
They typically grow well in low light conditions and like their soil to dry out before watering.
9. PRAYER PLANT
One of the easiest pet safe houseplants to grow, the prayer plant with its red, green and white striped leaves makes it an attractive option to pet owners looking to add a flair of color to their home.
This plant is commonly found in most office spaces too.
Topping out at six to eight inches, this little plant is perfect for compact spaces such as tables and bookshelves.
Simply keep in medium-low light and let the soil dry out in between waterings.
10. WATERMELON PLANT
Staying shorter than 12 inches, these attractive looking grey and green plants are ideal for pet owners. Just look at how gorgeous those leaves are!
It tolerates most light conditions, including low light so can be placed in most areas of the home. Water when the top inch of the soil is dry.
11. PONYTAIL PALM
Ponytail palms make excellent indoor plants, and they are completely safe for cats and dogs according to the ASPCA.
Ponytail palms are great if you’re looking for a bigger indoor plant that can work well as floor decor.
They’re super easy to grow, and are drought resistant, making it perfect for forgetful plant owners.
Just a quick note about palms, not all types of palms are safe for cats and dogs. Make sure to do your research first before buying.
If you’re looking to add a bit of red or pink color to your home, bromeliads are the perfect pet safe indoor house plant for you.
They are pet safe despite their beautiful flowers, grow in low light and are easy to find in garden stores.
13. LIPTSTICK PLANTS
Named for their lipstick shaped flowers, lipstick plants are beautiful when they’ve bloomed.
Safe for cats and dogs, lipstick plants are perfect for pet owners wanting to add a touch of colour to their homes.
Native to the tropics, this quirky plant thrives in bright light, and loves wet soil.
This is one of those plants that is virtually impossible to kill by overwatering. In the warmer summer months, this plant can be transported outside onto a table or patio.
RECOMMENDED HOUSE PLANT CARE BOOKS
- The Complete House Plant Survival Manual (Caring for 160+ Plants)
- How Not To Kill Your House Plants
- The Indestructible House Plant (200+ House Plants Anyone Can Grow)
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