The 10 Best Pet Safe House Plants
Posted on April 27 2019
- Chinese money plant (Pilea peperomioides)
This one has played a massive part in the house plant trend over the past couple of years with its glorious disk shaped leaves. Bright, filtered light is best and allow to dry slightly between watering.
- Mistletoe cactus (Rhipsalis)
With over 150 varieties of mistletoe cactus with their varying colours, flowers and other unique attributes, these make the perfect hanging plants with their quirky cascading nature. These tough plants thrive in a bright filtered light and can tolerate a lower light.
- Birds Nest Fern (Asplenium)
A structural fern with its broad leaf is native to the rainforest floor. Best grown indoors in a bright filtered light outdoors in full shade. A hardy, evergreen plant ideal for clustering with other plants of varying textures.
- Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea Elegans)
A small palm that thrives in most light conditions making it a popular choice for homes and offices where other plants might struggle. Adds a beautiful, fresh texture to any space.
Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
Almost indestructible, hence the name 'Cast Iron', this popular house plant is known for its long and slender, dark green leaves and its ability to tolerate all light levels (except direct sun) and longer periods between drinks.
- Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
This one is especially popular with beginners due to its ability to tolerate neglect and grow in almost any light condition.
- Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
Known for its long, fluffy fronds, the Boston loves bright filtered light and humid conditions so misting is your best friend when it comes to keeping this guy happy and healthy. Probably one of the quickest, and cheapest ways to achieve 'instant jungle' in your home.....adopt a Boston baby.
There's a vast variety of these beautiful plants but most have fleshy leaves and thick stems. We LOVE these plants at Into the Wild being our all time top selling variety for their easy to care for nature. A bright room is best and allow to dry between drinks.
There are dozens on Calathea species, many grown as house plants for their beautiful decorative leaves. They love a bright room but will tolerate lower light levels too and don't like to dry out so keep soil slightly damp. Some popular varieties we sell are Calathea orbifolia, zebrina & ornata.
Most will remember the Hoya from their childhood. Growing in their Grandpas backyard (that's me) or now growing happy at your Mums house...passed on from her Mum...and her Mum. With over 200 varieties, these beautiful cascading plants are an essential when it comes to the perfect shelf plant.
Other notable mentions safe for you pets are: Donkey’s tail, Haworthia, Watermelon peperomia, Kentia palm.
Safety Never Takes A Holiday
Just because these plants are considered non-toxic, doesn’t mean that your pets should ingest large amounts of them. All animals are going to react differently if they ingest plants, there is still a chance that they may be affected if they ingest ‘non-toxic’ plants. If you absolutely have to have a toxic plant, keep them out of reach of your fur babies (up high), or somewhere where they wont be tempted by them.
These are just a few and most common pet safe plants. A more detailed list of toxic and non-toxic plants and how they can affect your pets can be found at aspca.org. Consult a vet if you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic. We based our list off the trusted sites, RSPCA and the ASPCA.