Pet parents who are very familiar with the phrase, “Stop eating that!” will appreciate this list of 20 plants safe for dogs. Bringing nature inside turns a boring house into a cozy home—as long as said nature isn’t toxic to your pup.
While you scroll and plan your trip to the greenhouse, jot down the scientific names of these plants alongside their common names. Lots of plants look alike or seem to come from the same family. However, some ferns are toxic, while others are safe. Some succulents could poison your dog, while others are harmless. When in doubt, check that scientific genus, species and family to make sure you’re buying the correct item.
If your dog ingests a plant you believe to be toxic to canines, call the ASPCA’s poison control hotline immediately.
1. Boston Fern
Perfect for hanging planters, these ferns are like bright green starbursts. They’re ideal in warmer climates, but as long as you provide them with indirect sunlight indoors during colder months, you’re good to go.
2. Button Fern
This fern can withstand lower temperatures (it is native to New Zealand forests) and has cute little leaves in the shape of—you guessed it—buttons.
3. Rubber Plant
Peperomia obtusifolia or “ginny”
Both the baby rubber plant and the American rubber plant are safe for dogs. They offer shinier leaves and are low maintenance. They love humidity and indirect sunlight.
Safe alternative to the Indian rubber plant.
This stunning plant displays pretty stripes on its leaves and can grow up to 30 inches in height. The entire Calathea family (including zebra plants and prayer plants) are non-toxic to dogs.
Safe alternative to snake plants.
5. Spider Plant
Pop a few small spider plants around your house to clean the air! You’ll notice they grow quickly in all types of temperatures. Leaves can reach up to 18 inches long, which makes them ideal for the top of a bookshelf or a hanging planter.
Safe alternative to Ribbon Plants.
6. Parlor Palm
Among the most popular houseplants in the world, the parlor palm can grow up to 9 feet tall. If you have a shady spot that needs a plant, go for this durable palm.
7. Ponytail Palm
These trees can grow up to 20 feet tall, so we recommend the miniature versions which typically peak at three feet. Provide plenty of sunlight for these trees (that look like plants out of a Dr. Suess book)!
Safe alternative to umbrella trees.
8. Bamboo Palm
Lush and dramatic with dark green palms, bamboo palm is a smart choice for inside your home or office since it’s adapted to lower light conditions.
9. Money Tree
Tree lovers and anyone looking for a large plant with deep green foliage will enjoy a money tree. There’s also something fortuitous about that name...
Safe alternative to monstera plants.
Standing barely a foot tall with silky soft leaves, Basil is an ideal kitchen plant. Smells good, looks good, won’t poison your dog.
Safe alternative to mint.
For a super fragrant shrub, invest in a tiny rosemary plant. Though the herb isn’t toxic to dogs, the needle-like leaves could cause harm to the esophagus, so keep your eyes peeled!
Safe alternative to lavender and chamomile.
This little guy looks like the strange cousin of a standard rose. Give it some bright sunlight and sandy soil, and it’ll give you no trouble at all.
13. Zebra Haworthia
While aloe vera is toxic to dogs, zebra haworthia is perfectly safe. It still offers a tall, spikey, cactus vibe, without the toxicity of the vera plant.
Safe alternative to aloe vera.
14. Air Plants
Depending on the specific air plant you get, it may simply require a daily spritz of water or a weekly soak. Incredibly simple investment; incredibly cute result.
15. Polka Dot Plant
Sometimes called the flamingo plant or freckle face, this species looks as though it’s been splattered with paint. Colors range from pink to red to green to white.
16. Moth Orchids
Elegant, with colors ranging from yellow to fuchsia to orange, orchids are sleek additions to any room. They are known to be non-toxic to canines, though rare hybrid breeds could be a problem. Again, check the scientific name and steer clear of experimental orchid breeds.
Hibiscus flowers will make you feel like you’re on a tropical island. Bright pink and pale purple, these shrubs can grow up to 13 feet if given enough room outdoors. Known also as the Korean rose, it is the national flower of South Korea!
When in doubt, get yourself a giant bouquet of roses—guilt-free.
19. Bromeliad Vogue
These no-fuss, no-light stunners can bring a gorgeous tropical note to your abode. And heads up: Per, Bloomscape, “Bromeliads are not known to be toxic to pets or humans, but in some cases, contact can cause dermatitis.”
20. Date Palm
She may look dramatic, but she’s actually pretty easy-going—in fact, the date palm can tolerate both indoor and outdoor conditions. Keep it in your living room during the winter and bring it out on the patio when it gets warm.
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