What better way to make your home an enchanting escape than by filling it with lush greenery?
An important but perhaps overlooked point to keep in mind while choosing plants is the potential toxicity to pets. My spunky cat TW loves eating the most beautiful parts of my plants, so I had to shift my perspective from being angry that he dare devour my plants to realizing that he simply enjoys them in a different way. I must admit, it feels good knowing I’m enriching his environment at home by populating it with plants. However, because of his tendency to nibble, I carefully select the types of plants I bring home to avoid having a sick kitty. I’ve heard that cats are generally better than dogs at avoiding poisonous plants, but why risk it? Here’s a quick and dirty list of popular house plants we often carry that are safe, pretty safe, and poisonous for your animal companions.
Air plants (Tillandsia species)
Many succulents!! (Various genera, including Sedum, Echeveria, Haworthia)
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Staghorn fern (Platycerium bifurcatum)
Maidenhair fern (Adiantum species)
Bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus)
Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis colorata)
Purple Velvet Plant (Gynura aurantica)
Money tree (Pachira aquatica)
Fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata)
The fiddle leaf fig and the money tree are striking floor plants, but can cause digestive irritation to your cats and dogs if ingested.
We do carry a few beautiful plants that are unfortunately toxic to cats and dogs and should be kept away from them.
Coffee (Coffea species)
Jade plant (Crassula ovata)
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum species)
Snake plant (Sansevieria)
ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
Not sure about a plant that you don't see listed? ASPCA is a great website for checking the toxicity of plants for cats, dogs, and horses: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants.