Nonpoisonous House Plants

Many plants commonly cultivated as house plants are toxic or poisonous, which can have tragic consequences in households with children or pets. Luckily for those who want greenery indoors, there are plenty of nonpoisonous indoor plants. These are just as beautiful as toxic plants like peace lilies and euphorbias.

Ti Plant

A member of the agave family, the ti plant (Cordyline fruticosa) is an evergreen shrub that boasts palm-like foliage. The plant has broad, glossy leaves that are reddish purple or variegated pink and green, depending on the cultivar. The plant is nonpoisonous, and the rhizomes of the ti plant are even edible. Ti plants grow best indoors in bright, indirect light in well-drained soil. A native of Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea, ti plant thrives in humidity and should be misted regularly with fluoride-free water. The plant should be watered frequently, especially during the summer months.

Golden Cane Palm

Golden cane palm (Dypsis lutescens) is a small palm tree native to Madagascar. It is notable for its golden leaf stems and large, bright green palm fronds. The tree can easily be grown indoors to add a little tropical flavor to the living quarters. Golden cane palm does best in bright, indirect sunlight in well-drained, fertile soil. For best results, water golden cane palm frequently, keeping the soil slightly damp to the touch at all times. Golden cane palm produces clusters of yellow flowers, as well as attractive berries. The tree is not poisonous, and many bird species will feast on the fruit when the plant is grown outdoors.

Florist's Mum

Florist's mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium) is a perennial hybrid that sports dark green foliage and fluffy, round flowers in shades ranging from yellow to white, pink and purple, depending on the cultivar. The plant is nonpoisonous, and will remove toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia from its immediate environment. Florist's mum grows best in bright, indirect sunlight coming from the south, west or east. Plant the mum in a rich, well-draining soil mix, and water frequently, keeping the soil moderately wet at all times. During the growing season, fertilize the plant with a diluted water soluble fertilizer every two weeks or so. Florist's mum does well in a hanging container or basket, where it can bring a little color to the area.

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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.