I love my fur-babies and I love my plants. Unfortunately my children love my plants even more than I do, which isn’t necessarily a good thing, especially if the plants are toxic.
So In an effort to enjoy a house filled with plants without opting for lifeless plastic options, we have come up with a list of beautiful and safe plants that you furries can chew to their hearts content.
So here are 5 pet friendly plants from the ASPCA’s index of pet-safe plants that are non-toxic to both dogs and cats.
With their cute fuzzy green leaves and year-round flowers, African violets come in a range of lavenders, blues, pinks, reds, and white—depending on the variety.
They are able to absorb benzene and are touted as the top plant for ridding the air of the most common indoor pollutant, formaldehyde. Non toxic to pets, African violets top nearly every list of edible flowers. They require bright light, and prefer warmer temperatures.
A part of the succulent family, Haworthia is a small, low-growing plant that has distinctive studded white bands on its leaves. These plants do well in bright light and in moist conditions with plenty of soil drainage. Its shape and size resembles aloe, but unlike aloe, they are almost always small and very slow growing and most importantly are safe for cats and dogs.
While these cuties can get by with watering just once a month, to get the plant thriving, watering it once a fortnight or possibly once a week in very warm temperatures is recommended.
Water well and then only water again when the soil has largely dried out. These plants are very tolerant of underwatering but will succumb quickly to rotting if overwatered.
With its drooping branches and rosy flowers, this tropical cactus releases oxygen at night instead of throughout the day and would make a great addition to your bedroom.
These plants require little care, readily adapting to low-light conditions, are easily propagated and most importantly, they are non-toxic to animals.
Venus Fly Trap
Venus flytraps can’t eat anything bigger than a housefly and mostly dine on mosquitoes and other such critters. If you put the tip of your finger or paw in the flytrap’s bug eating mouth, it will quickly snap shut, but it won’t hurt at all.
This strangely beautiful plant is native to the swamplands of the Carolinas, and does well in bright light and humid conditions. Lethal to gnats and small insects, this captivating plant is completely safe for pets.
Loved by gardeners for their distinctive glossy leaves and wonderfully fragrant flowers, wax plants are able to tolerate very dry conditions, making them perfect for growing indoors. Their star-shaped aromatic flowers are used in powders, perfumes, lotions and other beauty products and is known for its ability to remove indoor pollutants.
Hoya plants need bright but indirect light and the soil should be kept moist. This beautiful and aromatic plant is safe for animals and humans and is perfect if you have little ones (both human and animal) who like to stick things into their mouths.