All too often in our nursery, people fall in love with a plant, only to remember, to their dismay, that not all houseplants are pet-safe. “Is this plant safe for dogs? Cats?” they ask.
The answer, as it turns out, is a bit complicated. Many of the most common varieties are not pet-safe indoor plants. That said, the majority of plants that are “poisonous” to your pet will actually only cause them some temporary discomfort, such as indigestion, of course depending on the size of your pet and how much of the plat he or she makes as a snack.
While pets munching on plants isn’t a problem we’ve personally experienced in our homes, it’s always a good idea to play it safe. That’s why we’ve assembled this list of our favorite pet-safe indoor plants that we commonly carry in the nursery and ship from our web shop. Plus, we’ve listed a few that you should avoid (or isolate from pet areas), just to be sure.
Our 10 Favorite Pet-Safe Indoor plants:
- Rhipsalis – Mistletoe Cactus
- Asplenium nidus – Bird’s Nest Fern
- Beautiful, rosette-like fern that is happy in medium light and looks beautiful as a kokedama.
- Giant Tropical Bromeliads
- Low light tolerant, easy to care for, and shooting out enormous, long-lasting flower spikes
- Hoya Carnosa – Wax Plant
- A classic houseplant that lives for years and likely crept around your grandmother’s kitchen. Works well in a kokedama.
- Tradescantia – Wandering Jew
- Beautifully variegated and lustrous leaves, prolific grower and easy as pie to propagate. [note: safe for cats only – there is mixed information about whether this plant is safe for dogs]
- Spider Plant
- Long, leaves, often variegated and curly, and produces lots of baby plantlets to share with your friends! Plus, it’s said to be a great air purifier
- Echeveria – Hens and Chicks
- Beautiful rosettes that spread easily with little root space and love a sunny window.
- Staghorn Fern
- Antle-like fronds shoot out of these epiphytic ferns, making them beautiful wall mounted plaques.
- Tillandsia – Air Plants
- Fittonia – Nerve Plant
- Pink and white leaves look almost embossed with nerve-like lines. Loves to stay wet – great for the over-waterer.
Plants to Avoid or Keep Away from your Pets
Unfortunately, many of our favorites fall onto this list of unsafe plants for pets. Here’s a few to keep away from your dog or cat.
- Pothos species
- Philodendron species
- Monstera deliciosa
- Euphorbia species
- Schefflera species
- Jade plant
We hope this list of pet-safe indoor plants helps you liven up your home with confidence that everyone in your household will benefit from the greenery!