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Pet-Safe Houseplants

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Choose indoor plants that are pet-friendly.

When you introduce a new plant to your house, you're also introducing it to your pets. If your furry friends are curious like mine, it will only be a matter of minutes before they are tasting the leaves, and many plants that aren't harmful for humans to touch can be poisonous for animals to eat. Learn what houseplants are the safest for pets.


When you introduce a new plant to your house, you're also introducing it to your pets. If your furry friends are curious like mine, it will only be a matter of minutes before they are tasting the leaves, and many plants that aren't harmful for humans to touch can be poisonous for animals to eat. Learn what houseplants are the safest for pets.

Houseplants can bring life into your home while purifying the indoor air. This is great, unless Fido or Fluffy decide to gnaw on a plant and get sick. Many of the most popular houseplants are poisonous if ingested.

If you're looking to add a few new plants to your home, try these varieties which are considered safe by the California Poison Control System:

  • African Violet

  • Areca Palm

  • Bamboo

  • Boston Fern

  • Cast Iron Plant

  • Flame Violet

  • Fuschia

  • Gardenia

  • Gerber Daisy

  • Gloxinia

  • Lady Palm

  • Prayer Plant

  • Velvet Plant

  • Spider Plant

  • Yucca


When choosing houseplants that are safe for animals, be sure not to stray too far from the list. Plants in the same family are not necessarily poison-free. For example, the Boston Fern is pet-safe, while other types of ferns are toxic. If you m have a plant that is not pet-safe, consider planting it in a hanging container out of animals' reach.
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