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10 Nontoxic Houseplants That are Safe for Your Pets

If you're eager to fill your rooms with houseplants but don't want to risk harming your pets, check out these amazing nontoxic houseplants options, each deemed safe by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Spider Plant

This funky plant features thin, bright green leaves that spill over whatever container it lives in. Spider Plant is safe for pets, though placing it on a high shelf would be ideal for not only displaying its overflowing nature but also keeping its characteristic long leaves intact around cats. Ever considered searching through your kitchen castoffs for unique planter ideas?

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Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus gets its name because it blooms mostly during winter, around Christmas time. Unlike most cacti, it does not have sharp spines, which means it won’t scratch your dog or cat if they touch it. And it’s also nontoxic, should your pets ingest it. It’s not easy to keep houseplants alive all winter long, but here are several that are easier to care for during the season.

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Haworthia

We considered this funky little houseplant, also known as the Zebra Plant, one of the 10 coolest succulents out there. It has white horizontal stripes across its dark green, spiky leaves, which gives it a striking, unique look. While Haworthia is nontoxic for cats and dogs, it would definitely be unpleasant for your pets to chomp on its prickly leaves.

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Blushing Bromeliad

This colorful, tropical-looking plant would make a beautiful addition to any home—even one with curious pets, as it’s nontoxic for both cats and dogs. Blushing Bromeliad grows vibrant green leaves that turn bright red in the center when it’s about to bloom. It is also naturally drought tolerant and very easy to care for.

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Burros Tail

This quirky plant would make an interesting addition to any room where pets roam. It’s light green, beadlike leaves are definitely eye-catching. Plus, this houseplant will provide you with peace of mind, as it’s safe for dogs and cats.

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African Violet

For a more flowery option, African Violet is a beautiful plant that has dark green leaves and blooms deep violet flowers. It can survive year round in any part of your home that receives plenty of sunlight during the day, and it is completely safe for your pets. Looking for a unique container for your houseplants? You can make your own out of a natural log!

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Watermelon Peperomia

This fun leafy plant grows variegated foliage in many green, red and silver shades. It looks beautiful bursting out of an indoor planter, and there is no need to keep it out of the reach of your pets, as it is safe if they happen to chew on it. Click here for some creative outdoor hanging planter arrangements.

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Phalaenopsis Orchid

This incredible flower, though pet-safe, is worth keeping out of the reach of your furry friends. It’s nontoxic, but that doesn’t mean it can withstand an encounter with your playful kitty or rowdy pup. Click here to find our best tips for pet care and safety.

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Lipstick Plant

Though Lipstick Plant is safe for cats and dogs, should they give it a taste test, it’s perfect for keeping up high in a hanging planter in your home. Its dark green leaves grow long, spilling over the edge of the container, and tubular red flowers that resemble lipstick bloom at the ends.

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Areca Palm

This common palm makes a fantastic floor plant for homes with pets. It’s readily available, grows tall and full with little maintenance and, best of all, it’s nontoxic for cats and dogs. These are the 14 cleaning tips every dog or cat owner should know.