Liven Up Your Space With These Pet-Friendly Plants!

July 22, 2020

Non-toxic plants infographic

Plants can really liven up a space, but some varieties can make pets seriously sick, making it difficult to know which plants you can bring home without worry. That’s why the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) has put together a handy list of 11 common houseplants that are pet-friendly for your home and yard.

1. American Rubber Plant
Common Names: Pepper Face, Baby Rubber Plant
Fun Fact: There are more than 1,000 species of this plant!

2. Spider Plant
Common Names: Ribbon plant, Anthericum, Spider Ivy
Fun Fact: Grows 60 cm tall. Removes formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air.

3. Cast Iron Plant
Common Names: Cast Iron Plant, Bar-room Plant
Fun Fact: Native to Japan and Taiwan.

4. Christmas Cactus
Common names: Easter Cactus, Holiday Cactus
Fun Fact: Native to Brazil and blooms in December, thus its name—Christmas Cactus.

5. African Violet
Common Names: Cape Marigold
Fun Fact: There are approximately 20 species and thousands of hybrids.

6. Phalaenopsis Orchid
Common Names: Moth Orchid, Moon Orchid, Butterfly Orchid, Phals
Fun Fact: Flowers can last for three months or longer from one blub. There are over 50 species and hundreds of hybrids.

7. Boston Fern
Common Names: Boston Fern, Sword Fern
Fun Fact: Fronds grow approximately three feet tall.

8. Donkey’s Tail (Succulent)
Common Names: Horse’s Tail, Burro’s Tail, Lamb’s Tail
Fun Fact: Native to south Mexico. Donkey’s tail is a blooming plant but rarely blooms indoors.

9. Gerbera Daisy
Common Names: Transvaal Daisy, African Daisy, Veldt Daisy, Gerber Daisy
Fun Fact: They can grow 24 inches tall. If they are grown indoors, they can bloom any time of year and blooms can last four to six weeks.

10. Blue Echeveria (succulent)
Common Names: Maroon Chenille, Painted Lady, Copper Rose, Wax Rosette, Plush Plant, Hen and Chicks 
Fun Fact: They can grow up to 8 inches tall. In summer, this plant blooms small bell-shaped flowers that are orange, yellow and pink. Blooming can last for several weeks.

11. Parlor Palm
Common Names: Miniature Fish Tail Dwarf Palm, Good Luck Palm, Bamboo Palm
Fun Fact: Even with sunlight, the parlor palm is a slow grower, often taking years to reach its full height of three to four feet tall.

If you suspect your pet has been exposed to any poisonous substances or potentially toxic plants, contact your veterinarian or call APCC at (888) 426-4435 immediately.