Cooler temperatures may have you missing greenery. If everything outside has prepared for winter, you can always bring your own green indoors! While there may be a list of plants you’ve been dying to get, you may want to scan your shopping list first if you have pets. Even if you don’t have curious pets, there are some houseplants that are better to avoid altogether if you have furry friends in your home. It is always important to research any plant you consider purchasing, but there are a few tried and true that pet experts recommend! Here is a list of pet-friendly plants to add to your home:
- Ferns. True ferns are an easy addition to a pet-friendly home. They pose no threat to your pets and are usually hung in spaces where your pet cannot reach them anyway!
- Kitchen Herbs. This is the best way to bring green to your indoor space while also serving another purpose - to eat! Basil, cilantro, dill, fennel, and sage are all easy indoor garden additions.
- Orchids. Orchids may not be easy to grow, but a huge range of orchids are safe for pets.
- Palms. True palms are generally safe, but cycads are not. A few safe palms to look for include areca palm, bamboo palm, dwarf palm and the ponytail palm.
- Peperomia. This group of plants is known for its easy care requirements and textured leaves, making peperomias perfect plants for a busy house with pets. Most are pet friendly, but you can stick to the basics like blunt leaf peperomia, ivy peperomia and metallic peperomia if you want to be safe.
- Succulents. Succulents and cacti, as a group, are pretty safe for pets. Though the plant may not be toxic, it is important to consider if your pet can reach a plant that is covered in spines.