Calling all plant lovers! We’ve rounded up some indoor plants that will give a fresh vibe to your interior spaces that are easy to keep alive (even for those of us who aren’t considered green-thumbs)! If you have pets and want to introduce houseplants into your home, it’s essential to choose plants that are not only hardy but also safe for your furry friends. Here’s are a few options for houseplants that are known for being low-maintenance and non-toxic to cats and dogs:
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum): Spider plants are safe for pets and are great air purifiers. They are relatively low-maintenance and can tolerate a variety of conditions.
African Violet (Saintpaulia): African violets are non-toxic and come in a range of colorful blooms. They do well in bright, indirect light.
Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii): Bamboo palms are safe for pets and can add a tropical touch to your home. They prefer moderate light.
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata): Boston ferns are non-toxic and thrive in bright, indirect light. They require consistent moisture.
Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens): Areca palms are safe for pets and can grow quite large. They prefer bright, indirect light and regular watering.
Calathea (Calathea spp.): Many Calathea species are non-toxic and have unique, patterned leaves. They prefer low to moderate light and consistent moisture.
Peperomia (Peperomia spp.): Most Peperomia varieties are safe for pets. They are low-maintenance and do well in indirect light.
Air Plants (Tillandsia): Air plants are non-toxic and don’t require soil. Simply mist them regularly and provide bright, indirect light.
Haworthia (Haworthia spp.): Haworthias are safe for pets and come in various shapes and sizes. They prefer bright, indirect light.
Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans): Parlor palms are safe for pets and thrive in low to moderate light conditions. They require regular watering.
Succulents (Echeveria, Sedum, etc.): Many succulents are non-toxic to pets and come in a wide variety of shapes and colors. They are known for their low-maintenance care.
Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya): Polka dot plants are safe for pets and have colorful foliage. They prefer moderate light and consistent moisture.
Here are a few of our favorite local plant shops in the Portland metro area: Pistils Nursery, Wildehaus, Arium Botanicals, Gurton’s, Hammer and Vine, Dennis’ 7 Dees Garden Centers, Plants on Broadway. Be sure to tell them we sent you! 🪴 Pro-tip: Always ensure that the plants are out of your pets’ reach or consider hanging or placing them in an area where your pets cannot access them. While these plants are considered safe for cats and dogs, it’s a good practice to monitor your pets and discourage them from chewing on plants, as some animals may still be attracted to them out of curiosity.