22 pet-friendly plants safe for cats and dogs
Note: If you’re curious about whether certain indoor plants are a safe investment for your home, the ASPCA also has an extensive list of plants to avoid (including indoor and outdoor plants). And if you already have an idea of what plants you want in your space, click the link below.
1. Chinese Money Plant (Pilea Peperomioides)
- The foliage is fun and unique
- Bonus for growth
- They tend to grow asymmetrically unless you are diligent in rotating them
The Chinese money plant is non-toxic, whimsical, and produces babies in a way that does not belong to anyone. And imagine what? These babies are called “puppies.” How appropriate. The coin-like leaves are waxy and shiny and quite tolerate medium to bright light. When you see the puppies starting to grow, spread them and give them to your friends.
Water Bella every week or two, rotating it 180 degrees each time so it grows more evenly.
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2. Money Tree (Bachera aquatica)
- Hardy and resilient plants
- Fast growers
Legend has it that money tree plants bring good fortune and luck to anyone who lives in their space, making them excellent housewarming gifts for all your friends. Money trees are different from many other pet-friendly plants because they look like miniature trees, trunks and all. The shiny leaves grow quickly, and the stems are braided several times.
Money trees are very resilient, so if your cat knocks them over or your dog’s tail knocks them off, it will be okay. Place your plant in medium to bright indirect light and water it every week or two.
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3. Hoya varieties
- Many varieties in all different shapes, sizes and colors to choose from
With their thick leaves and woody stems, Hoyas make beautiful additions to any high-light rooms in your home. There are dozens of varieties you can choose from, and they should all be treated more like succulents than traditional leafy houseplants. We prefer Hoya carnosa because of its pink, white and red spots in the developing leaves. You can also find heart-shaped hoya, cultivars with skinny, tubular leaves (called Linear hoya), and even hoya with curly, almost ribbon-like leaves.
If your hoya plant is in a bright corner, it will need more frequent watering. Hoya plants can tolerate low light, but they will grow much faster (and the varietals will have more vibrant colors) in high light situations. However, if your hoya plant is in a low-light area, it only needs to be watered once a month. If the leaves begin to become thin, appear wrinkled, and lose their slight luster, it is time to water.
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4. Rattlesnake plant
- Beautiful, wavy leaves
- It’s easy to know when they need care
- On the difficult side when it comes to the lighting and watering schedule