Most people love having plants in their homes for their beauty and for the many health benefits plants and flowers provide. Many people also love having furry pets around to provide companionship and love. To make sure you don’t have to worry about your furry friends ingesting parts of a plant or flower that is toxic to them, be sure to surround yourself with pet-friendly plants and flowers. There are a number of florals that are poisonous to cats and dogs when ingested, which could cause gastrointestinal stress and sometimes worse, so it’s important to know which plants are safe and which are not. Here at WildFlower, the premier florist in Baltimore and Annapolis, we cherish our pets as much as we cherish plants and flowers which is why we created a list of popular and safe plants and flower varieties to have in homes with pets.
Plants & Flowers Safe for Pets
A classic favorite, a Spider plant’s pointed long leaves bursting out and over its container makes a statement. Its leaves are a beautiful shade of green edges by yellow which gives them an artistic look. They look great in any room and are easy to grow, resilient, and provide air-purifying properties. Spider plants are pet-friendly so go ahead and get more than one.
A wonderfully green, energetic, and striking plant, the Parlor Palm is not toxic to pets. It is, powerful, a great way to bring some texture, color, and vitality into your home. Indoors, this plant can grow to about 4 feet tall.
With large, round leaves beautifully decorated with subtle silver lines, the Calathea Orbifilia is a striking house plant. The large leaves also provide air-purifying benefits. Calathea Orbifilia plants are pet-friendly and thrive in humid environments and indirect sunlight.
A fantastic plant for adding excitement and fun to any room, the Ponytail Palm has lush, long, and curvy leaves that emerge from a bulbous trunk. The resulting effect resembles a girl’s ponytail, which is how it got its name. Requiring only minimum maintenance, the Ponytail Palm is pet-friendly and makes an ideal houseplant.
Polka Dot Plant
As its name suggests, the Polka Dot plant has foliage with colorful polka dots which look as if the leaves were splattered with paint. Color combos include pink and green, green and white, pink and white, and red and green. The Polka Dot plant is not only pet-friendly but is also a great way to add color and drama to your home.
The most popular flower in the world, it’s hard to find a flower arrangement that doesn’t include at least one rose. Known for its beauty, sweet fragrance, and beautiful variety of colors, it’s a good thing roses are pet-friendly as this is one bloom we always want in our home.
The large flower face and vivid colors of the Gerbera Daisy make them a favorite among florists and gardeners. It’s hard not to notice or admire these beautiful blooms, and since Gerbera Daisies are pet-friendly you can have as many of them around as you like.
Beautiful, bright, and uplifting, sunflowers are pet-friendly and perfect for brightening up your home.
A colorful stalk of multiple dainty blooms give makes this bloom adored by gardeners and florists alike. Snapdragons are pet-friendly and offer a profusion of color either on their own or in a vase with other flowers.
A beloved and popular houseplant due to its dramatic and colorful blooms, orchids are seen nearly everywhere, which is good since they are pet-friendly.
Signs of Poisoning in Pets
If you notice your cat or dog having gastro-intestinal distress, lethargy, or vomiting, these may be signs of poisoning and you should visit your vet immediately. For a comprehensive list of plants and flowers that are toxic to cats and dogs, visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center website.
How to Protect your Pets from Toxic Plants & Flowers
If you have plants and flowers that you don’t know are toxic or not to pets, play it safe and keep them out of reach from your furry friends. This not only protects them but protects your green friends, too. Placing your plants in hanging planters, on high shelves, or in an area that is not accessible to your pet are just a few ideas of how to keep them safe. To browse our collection of plants and flowers, click here.