Pets and plants don’t always go together, unless you keep pet-friendly plants in your home. Many pets are curious and mischievous, a combination that can work well with these plants in your home.
With its deep purple petals, the African violet adds a pop of color to any home. Plus, this flowering plant can survive in low light and adores most indoor climates — average humidity and moderate temperatures.
Baby’s tears are flexible in display options, from a standalone hanging basket to ground cover for indoor trees. The mat of tiny leaves grows slowly but adds a layer of texture to any existing potted plants. Pets may also be discouraged from digging up the baby’s tears given its grass-like appearance.
If you’re looking for a pet-friendly plant with a wow factor, the banana plant could be it. Though it’s called a tree, this plant is an herb growing from an underground rhizome structure. It loves direct sunlight, warm temperatures between 75 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit, and plenty of water.
Hardy and easy to grow indoors are two hallmarks of the spider plant. Though they can survive in lower light, spider plants prefer bright indirect light with temperatures between 60- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit. They’re also known as air purifiers which is great for improving your home’s indoor air quality!
Venus Fly Trap
Low maintenance and pet friendly? Sign us up! The Venus fly trap prefers at least four hours of direct sunlight per day and distilled water to drink. This plant is known for its carnivorous appetite — placed outdoors or near an area of the home where flies pass by and it’ll feed itself!
Lush but flowing fronds make the areca, or butterfly, palm a standout in any home. For best results, place the areca palm in a bright room and let its soil dry out between waterings. And don’t worry if your furry friend bats at the fronds or has a taste — it’s non-toxic to dogs and cats.
Often found in a bathroom corner due to its love of humidity and bright, indirect light, the Boston fern adds depth to any space in the home. With its shaggy fronds, this plant is a tempting toy to playful cats and curious dogs.
Also known as a zebra plant or peacock plant, the calathea’s large, striped or stippled leaves make a great conversation piece. It prefers a shady spot to reside, as too much light can fade the vibrant colors in the foliage.
Though there are many varieties in the Peperomia family, the watermelon Peperomia is popular among pet parents looking to add a quirky plant to the household. One glance at its leaves and you’ll think of a refreshing bite of watermelon on a summer’s day. These small plants are relatively low maintenance, preferring indirect sunlight and watering when the top one to two inches of soil dries out.
Dainty and elegant, an orchid adds a level of refinement to any home. Orchids prefer partial light with water once a week during the colder months and twice a week during the summer.
Native to rainforests, the mosaic plant earned its name based on the white or pink veins on its leaves. This appearance is why it’s sometimes called the nerve plant. The striking leaves aren’t toxic to curious pets, and the plant does best in low light with periodic waterings.
Do you wish you could bring portions of your favorite tropical vacation home? With the right indoor conditions, you can with bromeliads! The tough, lengthy leaves surround striking blooms in the plant’s center. Bromeliads are considered easy to care for with bright light and a humid environment for main requirements.
You might be tempted to wrangle the ponytail palm’s leaves with a scrunchie, but this low maintenance houseplant loves to let its long locks flow. It prefers bright light and water when the soil becomes dry.
Royal Velvet Plant
With alluring leaves that grow up to six inches in length, the royal velvet plant reaches maturity in a few weeks. Its furry leaves shimmer in shades of emerald and purple, especially if it’s kept in bright but indirect light with regular watering.
Known for its marvelous rosette shape and range of colors, the echeveria is a fast-growing succulent with low maintenance needs. If you tend to forget about your plants, this could become a favorite — echeveria prefers you leave them in a bright but dry and minimal watering environment.