Just like humans, animals all have their own personalities and character traits. Luckily for us, our Portuguese Water Dog Alan is not in the slightest bit interested in our houseplant collection. He has neither sniffed nor licked a single leaf, which gave us the confidence to add some of the less pet friendly plants into the mix. If your pet isn’t like Alan, and does have an affinity for houseplants, then it’s good to know which ones aren’t toxic. Bear in mind that if they did eat a whole plant, toxic or not, it may cause some stomach problems!
Here’s our top 10 favourite pet friendly plants. We don’t stock them all at present but hopefully we will do in the future!
1. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra)
An ideal plant for those who have been known to kill plants in the past, the hardy Cast Iron is also non-toxic to pets. While it’s not a fan of direct sunshine, it is quite happy in bright light but will also cope in rooms that aren’t as well lit. A winner all round.
2. Pilea Peperomioides
You can’t go wrong with a Pilea Peperomioides, also known as a Chinese Money Plant. Easy to look after and non-toxic to animals, these lovely little guys are also known for regularly introducing plant babies ‘pups’ which you can propagate and give to your friends!
A visually striking plant, there are lots of different types of Calathea and the good news is that these prayer plants aren’t poisonous to animals. The only issue you have is trying to choose which one to add to your collection! My favourite is the Orbifolia.
4. Spider Plant
One of the most popular houseplants, a spider plant is not only pet friendly, it purifies the air as well!
5. Kentia Palm
A great indoor palm, the Kentia is fairly hardy and adds a tropical feel to any home. They’re non poisonous and clear the air of toxins. Make sure to give it plenty of room as these plants can really grow.
6. Boston Fern
They’ve been on the scene for a long time and their popularity shows no sign of waning. And if their fronds waving in the breeze attract your four-legged friends fear not, they are not toxic. They are fans of a humid environment and love lots of light (indirect light).
7. Mosaic Plant
One of the smaller houseplants, the Mosaic plant hails from the rainforest and attracts attention with its white or pink veined leaves. As well as thriving in low light, it’s pet friendly.
8. Venus Fly Trap
Flies might want to avoid it at all cost but the Venus Fly Trap is not dangerous for cats and dogs. These carnivorous plants are happy in bright light and prefer distilled water.
What’s not to love about the delicate beauty an Orchid creates in your home? With the proper care and partial light, orchids can last around 4 months and pose no threat to your animals.
10. Peperomia Ginny
Last but not least, is the non-toxic Peperomia Ginny. Native to South America, this Peperomia has distinctive green and white leaves with a pink outline. Easy to care for, it can hold water in its stems so can be forgiving if you occasionally forget to water it.