There’s something that home magazines, design idols, and HGTV dream homes all have in common – plants! House plants to be specific. A living plant adds more life to your home and gives me a styled, but lived in feeling. In preparations to buy some soon for our home, I did some research on house plants that are safe for animals for the Friday Four!
Our youngest cat, Cleo, loves playing with fake plants, so I know there will be a temptation to get the real thing. She even bit off part of our Aloe plant about a year ago, but thankfully did not ingest any (the Aloe plant is toxic to animals so be careful!). I figured the small spikes on the plant would deter her, but it seems nothing can deter a curious cat. So, I want to make sure we have plants that won’t harm our animals if they get too curious!
One. Ferns: Boston, Maidenhair, and Lemon Button. When I think fern, I think front porch, hanging ferns. But what I happily found is some types of ferns grow so well indoors too! My favorites are the Boston, Maidenhair, and Lemon Button Ferns. These each are non-toxic to animals, but not all ferns are non-toxic. Be sure to check if you’re buying a different type of fern.from Etsy shop: theplantfarm
Ferns like the humidity, so I want to add one to our guest bath. Button ferns are great for small spaces, and I think the Lemon Button Fern is so cute! Boston Ferns are easy to care for and are the most common type. I’d like to add a Maidenhair fern eventually – I love the design of their fronds, but I’ve read they’re a bit more temperamental in care.
lemon button fern
Asparagus Ferns are another popular one, but please note they are toxic to dogs and cats.
Here’s a baby plant for sale on Etsy.
Three. Spider Plant. While the name gives me chills, this is such a popular indoor plant. And it’s easy to see why – they are SO easy to care for, and are so pretty when they start trailing. I think this would do great on a mantle or high shelf.
Four. Peperomia. I think this plant is just so cute! There are many varieties with different colorings, this one above is Watermelon Peperomia. They are easy to care for, only need moderate lighting, and most varieties stay very small. I’m excited to add this one to our home!
Two other houseplants that I like that have blooms are African Violet and Bromeliads. These are both non-toxic to dogs and cats too!
This is a great site where you can search for plant names to see if they are toxic. There is also a link on the page for a printable list of toxic and non-toxic plants for cats, dogs, or horses.
Have a great weekend you guys!!