These 8 Indoor Plants Are Safe for Pets (and Will Spruce Up Your Space)

Updated 03/01/18

We adore our pets (as evidenced by the exorbitant amount of money we spend on them) and would do anything to keep them safe. Unfortunately for many of us, though, that involves keeping the greenery we covet out of our homes for fear of what could happen if our animal friends happened to chomp on a poisonous leaf or petal. But we're here to tell you that your cats and dogs can coexist with plants in your home—well, at least a selection of them.

There are plenty of indoor plants that are safe for pets to liven up your space while keeping your furry friends happy and healthy. While many of the magnificent plants we see on our favorite influencers' Instagram feeds are, sadly, toxic to pets (fiddle-leaf fig trees, for example), you can still make an impact with one of several nontoxic varieties. To make things super easy, we've picked out a few of our favorites for creating the indoor tropical paradise you've always dreamed of.

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Air Plants

West Elm The Sill Planter + Air Plant $20
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Not only are these little guys easy to care for (just soak for five minutes once a week or so), but they're also nontoxic should your pets think they're a new chew toy. That said, you might want to keep them slightly out of reach. 

Spider Plant

Hirt's Gardens Ocean Spider Plant $8
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Because of their shape, these air-purifying plants are great for hanging, which also keeps them out of the way of pets. Not that you need to worry—they're completely safe for your furry friends. 

Calathea

The Sill Calathea Rattlesnake $12
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This pet-friendly plant's distinctive leaf patterns will beautify whatever corner of your home you place it in.

Ponytail Palm

Cottage Hill Ponytail Palm $20
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Though the cute name feels incredibly appropriate, these funny little plants aren't actually palms at all. Believe it or not, they're part of the succulent family. 

Echeveria

Mountain Crest Gardens Echeveria Fleur Blanc $4
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These rosette-shaped succulents look great as table centerpieces or anywhere else you might normally display blooms. 

Bromeliad

IKEA Aechmea $15
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Give your pad a tropical vibe (and a little color) with these resilient pet-safe beauties.

Orchid

Torre & Tagus 16" Orchid Potted Single Stem $43 $35

Orchids are a safe and elegant option. 

Christmas Cactus

HousePlantsCo Christmas Cactus Plant $8
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These sweet little succulents grow bright blossoms in the winter, which makes them particularly festive houseplants. 

Wondering how exactly to keep your new houseplants alive? A green thumb shares a foolproof watering hack (it's genius).

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