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10 Beautiful and Pet-Safe Houseplants

Does your pet taste test your houseplants? Even worse than the tattered leaves, some common plants are just plain toxic to pets! Here are some pet-friendly houseplants to keep your furry friends safe.

Lush plant stores and even the displays of greenery at the grocery store make it oh-so-tempting to bring a new plant home! However, those plants don’t always come with a lot of information—like if they’re safe for dogs and cats.

While some pets are nonplussed about houseplants, others believe that the best way to investigate any new addition to their home is a good chomp! Many cats in particular can get a taste for fresh green leaves, leaving their little teeth marks behind.

Unfortunately, many popular houseplants can be toxic to pets, causing tummy upset or more serious poisoning. That means you should keep your precious variegated monstera behind closed doors for its safety and your pet’s! The good news is there’s a whole range of indoor plants that are safe for cats and dogs that you can perch on your window sills without fear—except maybe for your plants that might get gnawed on.

Here are 10 common pet-friendly plants that you can probably find at a store in your neighborhood!

#1. Pilea peperomioides

Commonly known as the Chinese money plant, coin plant, or UFO plant, Pilea peperomioides has a distinctive circular leaf shape that gives it a charming, cartoony look! These plants grow best in bright, indirect light and can be allowed to dry out a little bit between waterings, making them relatively easy to care for.

#2. Peperomia

Peperomias include a variety of hardy plants with firm, waxy leaves in a whole range of patterns and colors. You can find peperomia plants patterned with splashes of green and white or even watermelon-like stripes! They’re forgiving plants, and best of all the entire genus is pet-safe.

#3. Calathea

Calatheas may be a little more finicky than most of the other plants on this list, but they reward careful care with stunning foliage with intricate patterns of green, white, and pink. These are an ideal low light indoor plant that’s safe for cats and dogs and do best when kept moist with high humidity.

#4. Maranta

Marantas are commonly known as prayer plants thanks to their unique habit of folding up their leaves like praying hands after dark. They prefer indirect light or partial shade and moist soil. Their striped leaves in multiple shades of green (and sometimes pink!) grow on trailing vines, making them an excellent hanging plant that’s safe for cats and dogs.

#5. Spider Plant

Spider plants are a classic houseplant for very good reasons! They have striking long, striped white and green leaves and are remarkably easy to grow, facing variable light conditions and forgotten waterings like a champ. They’ll produce baby spider plants called pups on trailing vines as they mature, making them look great in a hanging basket.

While they are pet safe, cat owners should take note that spider plants can induce a mild hallucinogenic effect in cats, making them a particular favorite snack of many kitties who chow down on them like catnip. Consider keeping them out of reach of felines with a big appetite to avoid tummy upset from eating too many greens!

#6. Parlor Palm

Technically known as Neanthe bella, the parlor palm is a hardy houseplant with feathery green fronds. They’re tolerant of a variety of light conditions and would rather be underwatered than overwatered, making them perfect for forgetful waterers. They’re also notably effective air purifying plants that are safe for dogs and cats.

#7. Areca Palm

If you love the look of a parlor palm but are looking for a large indoor plant that’s safe for dogs and cats, look no further than the areca palm! Dypsis lutescens can grow to a whopping 12 feet tall, making it a statement plant in any home. They prefer bright, indirect light and attentive watering, but they’re a rewarding plant for a devoted green thumb.

#8. Zebra Haworthia

Haworthiopsis attenuata, more commonly known as zebra haworthia or zebra plant, gets its name from the raised white stripes on its spiky leaves. This popular succulent loves direct, bright light and likes to dry out between waterings. They grow slowly, meaning they won’t outgrow their pot any time soon, and can live for up to 50 years!

#9. Orchid

Orchids are known for their unique flowers and their ability to thrive indoors! There’s a wide range of orchid species (all of which are pet safe), but the most common to see sold in stores are Phalaenopsis orchids, or moth orchids, which are relatively easy to care for. Don’t give up on them after their blooms die off! Orchids will often rebloom quickly if you snip the stem below their last flower and provide regular fertilizer—and they’ll produce more flowers year after year for patient gardeners.

#10. Air Plant

For the people who’ve killed every other houseplant under the sun, try an air plant! These unique plants are epiphytes—plants which typically grow perched on a tree, absorbing water and nutrients from their surroundings without needing any soil. That means no pots of dirt for your pet with the zoomies to knock over, pet owners!

You can pop an air plant on a shelf, table, decorative bowl, or pretty much anywhere else you can imagine. Just make sure they get a little light and soak them in water for about 20 minutes once a week (or as needed for your humidity). That’s it! We promise.

Whether you’re looking for petite succulents or dramatic large houseplants that are safe for your cats and dogs, there’s greenery waiting for you. Go wild and fill your house with plants! Once you’re confident in your green thumb, you can even expand into your garden—there are plenty of outdoor plants that are safe for cats and dogs too!