House plants are the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors when humidity or heat prevent regular outdoor excursions. A spot of greenery in the form of indoor plants brightens a living space. Learn which plants are pet friendly to avoid potentially deadly interactions between your dog or cat and your indoor garden. Researching pet friendly house plants can prevent this problem before it ever starts; but, if you suspect your pet has ingested a poisonous or harmful plant, seek veterinary medical care immediately.
The zebra plant, Haworthia fasciata, is native to South Africa. This succulent is drought tolerant and prefers to be watered only when the soil in its pot is thoroughly dry. Well-drained, porous soil is a necessity for zebra plants as they have well-developed taproots that can be damaged or stunted in other soil types. Haworthia fasciata does best in filtered, but bright, lighting and is an ideal plant for a sunny windowsill. The zebra plant is a small, upright plant measuring less than 6 inches in height. Haworthia fasciata prefers moderately humid environments and temperatures no greater than 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the daytime. Although not well suited for the more extreme climates of southern Florida, the zebra plant would do well in mid and northern Florida. The zebra plant is considered safe for both dogs and cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Poison Control Center.
The fire lily, Vallota speciosa, is an easy-to-grow flowering plant well suited to the year-round sunny, warmer climates of mid and southern Florida. This plant is non-toxic to both dogs and cats, according to the ASPCA Poison Control Center. The flowers grow on shoots of up to 2 feet in height and blossoms can be vibrant red, yellow or orange. Rare, but still possible, are blooms in pink and white. Fire lilies are grown from bulbs and possess evergreen foliage. Vallota speciosa prefers moist, rich soil and full sun. The plant will mature and divide in approximately 3 years from planting.
Another South African native, the Spider Plant, Chlorophytum comosum, is tolerant of almost all temperatures and climate types. This popular and common houseplant is easy to grow and is very tolerant. It is also marked as pet friendly by the ASPCA Poison Control Center. The spider plant is an evergreen perennial in the lily family that forms sprawling clumps as it grows. The leaves on these clumps shoot out from a central bud, resembling spiders. Stems can cascade as much as 5 feet in length, making these plants ideal for hanging baskets. Spider plants prefer regular waterings and full sunlight.