Pet Friendly Indoor Plants

When keeping houseplants and pets at the same time, it is important to make sure you are choosing pet friendly indoor plants. Many plants contain toxins that may lead to severe illness if ingested by animals. Based on suggestions from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, there are a variety of pet friendly indoor plants that will add interest to your interior space without threatening the safety of your pets.

Bamboo Palm

Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea elegans), also referred to as parlor palm, is a pet friendly indoor palm plant that displays pale green fronds on a vivid green stem. Thriving in shade, bamboo palms should be kept out of direct sunlight and prefer fertile, organic soil. Bamboo palms grow to a height of 4 to 8 feet with a spread of 2 to 3 feet.When grown outdoors, plant in USDA Hardiness Zones 10B to 11, according to the University of Florida IFAS Extension. The ASPCA lists bamboo palms as non-toxic to cats and dogs.

Baby Rubber Plant

Baby rubber plants (Peperomia obtusifolia) are pet friendly indoor plants that may be planted in a pot or hanging basket. Displaying deep green, smooth leaves, short stems and white flowers that bloom periodically all year long, baby rubber plants thrive in the partial to full shade in moist, organic soil; this plant also thrives in sandy soil. Baby rubber plants grow to a height of up to 12 inches and, when planted, should be grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 10 to 11, according to the University of Florida IFAS Extension. The ASPCA lists baby rubber plants as non-toxic to cats and dogs.

Button Fern

Button ferns (Pellaea rotundifolia) are low-growing, pet friendly indoor ferns that display small, round, green leaves. With a fast growth rate, button ferns thrive in bright, indirect sunlight and prefer potting soil high in organic content; plant button ferns in shallow pots, as directed by Kansas State University Research and Extension. When grown outdoors, plant button ferns in USDA Hardiness Zones 6B to 8A (See reference 5). The ASPCA lists button ferns as non-toxic to dogs, cats and horses.

Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii), also referred to as African daisies, are pet friendly indoor plants that display full, circular, multi-petaled flowers in vibrant yellow, red, peach or pink. Thriving in full sun, gerbera daises prefer well-drained soil. Bloom time is early summer through first frost. Gerbera daisies grow to a height of 12 to 18 inches and, when planted, are appropriate to USDA Hardiness Zone 8, according to the NC State University Cooperative Extension Service. The ASPCA lists gerbera daisies as non-toxic to cats, dogs and horses.

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