15 Pet Safe Indoor Plants | Non-toxic Plants that are Safe for Cats and Dogs


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Sometimes pets can decide to chew or play with your plants. It is a good idea to keep your plants out of the reach of pets.

It is even better to grow plants that are non-toxic to your pets so that should your pets chew on them, you do not need to worry about their safety.

We have listed herebelow 15 of our best non-toxic plants that are safe for cats and dogs. Keep reading for the complete list.

15 Plants that are Safe for Cats and Dogs

These pet safe plants are easy to grow if the growing conditions are provided. Keep reading for more on how to grow and care for these plants that are safe to grow in the home.

1. Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

Areca Palm

Areca Palm also called Butterfly Palm or Golden Cane Palm is a popular, easy to grow palm which adds an unmatched exotic feel in any space.

Golden Cane Palm smooth yellowish bamboo-like canes and beautiful yellowish-green leaflets make it stand out as a focal point plant. The long, feathery fronds which grow in a canopy lend an air of elegance and sophistication in any space.

Dypsis lutescens is also a good indoor air cleaner which gets rid of formaldehyde, xylene and toulene and is non-toxic to pets. Learn more on how to grow and care for Areca Palm.

2. Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider Plant

Spider Plant also called Airplane Plant, Spider Ivy or Ribbon Plant is a fast growing, easy care plant that is ideal for a hanging basket.

Spider Plant is easy to grow and is also a good indoor air cleaner which gets rid of benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toulene from indoor air.

Chlorophytum comosum are non-toxic to pets and easily adapt to indoor growing conditions. Read more on how to grow and care for Spider Plant.

3. Goldfish Plant (Columnea gloriosa)

Goldfish Plant

Goldfish Plant bears abundant yellow or orange-red tubular flowers year after year and is ideal for the hanging basket or a pedestal where the trailing stems can be allowed to hang freely.

Columnea are native to tropical America and the Caribbean where they grow as epiphytes attached to the tree bark.

Columnea gloriosa thrives in bright light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for Goldfish Plant.

4. African Violets (Saintpaulia ionantha)

African Violet

Saintpaulia ionantha or African Violets are a popular plants due to their ability to flower almost any time of the year.

African Violets compact size allows them to fit in the small spaces which makes them ideal for the limited spaces.

The major requirements for African Violet are steady warmth, careful watering, good light, high humidity and regular feeding. Read more on how to grow and care for African Violets.

5. Emerald Ripple Peperomia (Peperomia caperata)

Emerald Ripple Peperomia

Emerald Ripple Peperomia is a compact perennial houseplant that is easy to grow and adapts well to indoor growing conditions.

On account of its beautifully colored and patterned foliage, Peperomia caperata is an excellent addition to any houseplants collection.

Emerald Ripple Peperomia is non-toxic to cats and dogs; it is safe to grow indoors. Learn more on how to grow and care for Emerald Ripple Peperomia.

6. Calathea Plants

Calathea Plant

Apart from being spectacular indoor plants, Calathea Plants are safe for cats and dogs. Calatheas are grown for their ornately patterned leaves.

Calatheas are striking plants that will add a splash of color to any space and make a spectacular focal point in any room.

Calathea thrive in medium to bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Read on how to grow and care for Calathea Plants.

7. Polka Dot Plants (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Polka Dot Plant

Polka Dot Plant or Freckle Face is a popular plant that is grown for the beauty of its spotted leaves whose coloring is vivid in bright light.

In a well-lit spot with some direct sunlight, the leaf coloring in Freckle Face will be vivid while in a shady place the foliage will be all-green.

These colorful plants are non-toxic to cats and dogs and are safe to grow indoors. Learn more on how to grow and care for Polka Dot Plant.

8. Maranta Plants (Maranta leuconeura)

Maranta Plant

Apart from their curious habit of folding and raising their leaves at night, Marantas are non-toxic to pets.

Maranta are native to tropical Central and South America and the West Indies. They are named for Bartolomeo Maranta, an Italian physician and botanist of the 16th century.

With their uniquely colored and patterned leaves, Marantas make excellent indoor plants. Read more on how to grow and care for Maranta.

9. Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides)

Chinese Money Plant

Chinese Money Plant also called Missionary Plant, Pancake Plant, Friendship Plant or UFO Plant is non-toxic to pets. They are safe to grow indoors.

Missionary Plant is an evergreen succulent plant whose leaves are round, dark green, about 4 in. in diameter and are held on long petioles.

Pancake Plant thrives in bright light away from direct sunlight, warm and moderately humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for Chinese Money Plant.

10. Nerve Plants (Fittonia)

Nerve Plant

Nerve Plants are popular plants for the small spaces. They are easily recognisable due to their leaves which bear a network of white, pink or red veins.

Fittonia are easy to grow under room conditions when provided with warmth and abundant moisture around the leaves as is common in a bathroom.

These spectacular plants are non-toxic to pets and are safe to grow indoors. Learn how to grow and care for Nerve Plant.

11. Watermelon Peperomia (Peperomia argyreia)

Watermelon peperomia

Watermelon Peperomia also called Watermelon Begonia is a popular plant on account of its ease of care and small size. The plant is also non-toxic to pets.

Watermelon Peperomia bears slightly-fleshy, oval-shaped, green leaves, strikingly marked with curved silver stripes resembling the skin of a watermelon and hence the common names.

Peperomia argyreia indoor care is easy as it requires bright light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, free-draining soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for Watermelon Peperomia.

12. Echeveria Plants

Echeveria Plant

Echeveria Plants come in many forms but are generally small-sized plants that are ideal for a brightly lit windowsill.

These Echeveria succulent plants which bear tightly packed leaves on short stems are non-toxic to pets.

Echeveria Plants thrive in bright light with some direct sunlight, average warmth and moderately moist, well-drained soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for Echeveria.

13. String of Rubies Plant (Othonna capensis)

String of Rubies Plant

String of Rubies Plant also called String of Pickles, Little Pickles or Ruby Necklace is non-toxic to pets.

String of Pickles is characterized by thin, oval-shaped leaves and reddish-purple stems. The bean-shaped leaves turn a bright ruby red when the plant is grown under bright sunshine.

Othonna capensis grows best in very bright light, average warmth and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for String of Rubies Plant.

14. Air Plants (Grey Tillandsia)

Air Plant

Air Plants also called Grey Tillandsia are non-toxic to pets. These plants are easy to grow and do not need to be planted in a potting medium as they bear furry scales on their foliage through which they take up water and nutrients.

Grey Tillandsia literally live on air and hence the common name "Air Plants". These plants can be displayed by sticking them on coral, shells, drift wood, hanging them and many other ways.

Air Plants thrive in bright light but away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season. Learn more on how to grow and care for Air Plants.

15. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm also called Elephant Foot Plant is an easy to grow houseplant which bears a large swollen bulb which stores water.

Elephant Foot is a hardy, slow-growing succulent which requires very bright light with some direct sunlight and moderately moist free-draining soil. It does not like soggy soil.

This beautiful palm-like plant is non-toxic to pets and is safe to grow indoors. Learn more on how to grow and care for Ponytail Palm.

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