15 Houseplants That Won't Poison Pets

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Many houseplants are toxic for curious cats and dogs. These ones are all pet-friendly.

Houseplants do a house good. Not only do they look lovely, but the degree to which they promote health and wellness for a home's inhabitants is really quite remarkable. From increasing oxygen levels and helping deter illness to cleaning the air and promoting healing, they are silent workhouses giving their keepers a boost. (See more here: 5 health benefits of houseplants.)

Unfortunately, however, many houseplants can be toxic to pets – from mild irritation of the mouth to much grimmer (fatal) outcomes. The ASPCA has an epic database of plants that can be searched by pet and/or by the plant's toxic or non-toxic classification. It's a great tool to use when shopping for plants.

Since it can be a challenge to comb through all the toxic plants to find the pet-friendly gems, here are some to start with – favorites from the database that are all listed as non-toxic to cat and dogs.

1. African violet (Saintpaulia spp.)

African violet

2. Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

Areca palm in a pot

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3. Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii)

Christmas cactus

4. Creeping Charlie / Swedish ivy (Plectranthus australis)

Swedish ivy

5. Haworthia (Haworthia species)


6. Parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

parlor palm

7. Polka dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

polka dot plant

8. Purple passion plant (Gynura aurantica)

purple velvet plant

9. Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia)

Rubber plant used as a houseplant

10. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

spider plant

11. Staghorn fern (Platycerium bifurcatum)

Staghorn fern

12. Tropical bromeliad (other cultivars)


13. Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula)

venus flytrap

14. Watermelon peperomia (Peperomia argyreia)

watermelon peperomia

15. Wax plant (Hoya carnosa 'krinkle kurl')

hoya carnosa

And of course, it's always a good idea to double check with your plant seller and/or veterinarian to be sure that your purchases will be kind to your pets. Visit the ASPCA for more images and info.