List of Non-Poisonous Indoor Plants

It's surprising how many toxic or poisonous plants are kept in the home for ornamental value, from delicate peace lilies and calla lilies to many species of succulent euphorbias. Luckily there are many non poisonous indoor plants that can be kept inside the home without causing potential harm to kids and pets.

Cast Iron Plant

Cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) is a shade loving evergreen that is grown for its bright green foliage. A native of China, cast iron plant boasts large, waxy green leaves. Cast iron plant is ideal if you're looking for a low maintenance plant that requires very little sunlight. The plant does best in dim light or shade and in soil that is rich and well drained. Cast iron plant should be watered frequently to keep the plant green.

Ponytail Palm

A member of the Agave family, ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) is often called "elephant foot" because of its swollen trunk and narrow base. The plant boasts cascading green foliage atop a thick palm like trunk. A native of Southeast Mexico, ponytail palm does well indoors in bright light. Soil should be sandy and well drained. Though drought tolerant once established, the plant should be watered deeply on occasion.

Queen of the Bromeliads

A native of Venezuela, queen of the bromeliads (Aechmea chantinii) is a distinct looking plant that boasts stiff, deep green leaves banded with silver. The plant has a thin flower stalk that is pinkish red. Queen of the bromeliads should be placed in bright, indirect sunlight coming from the east, west or south. Plant the bromeliad in organic, acidic soil and mist with warm water throughout the summer months. A monthly dose of water soluble fertilizer during the spring, summer and fall will help keep the plant healthy.

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Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.