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Non-Toxic House Plants
Houseplants are an essential part of home interior decoration that can bring your indoors to life. However, many of us are unaware of the toxicity levels of houseplants.
Some poisonous plants may be harmful to children and pets, so it’s best to be extra cautious while choosing plants. Tropical plants can be particularly toxic as their leaves, stems, and flowers contain a compound called insoluble calcium oxalates which can cause nasty symptoms when ingested by humans or animals.
Let’s look at some non-toxic indoor plants that are safe for homes with young children, dogs, or cats.
List of Non-Toxic Indoor Plants
Here is a list of eight non-toxic and easy-to-maintain houseplants that can beautify your home while ensuring safety.
Peperomia (Peperomia obtusifolia)
The small green peperomia is also called an American rubber plant, pepper face, or baby rubber plant and is part of the Piperaceae family.
It has smooth leaves that are matte in texture and are thick and fleshy. These plants are easy to care for and grow well in bright indirect light and warm conditions with good humidity levels. They can also survive low light conditions for a few weeks.
Peperomia is pretty drought resistant as the plant is native to tropical regions in South America and is found growing in the rainforests of Brazil and the Amazon basin.
Calathea Plant (Ctenanthe Burle-Marxii Amabilis)
Calathea is a beautiful striped houseplant with fishbone markings. These plants are non-toxic and unique.
They are commonly referred to as prayer plants and are native to the Brazilian rainforests. Today they are kept as houseplants worldwide and were named after the architect Roberto Burle Marx.
Calathea makes a great addition to any home or office as they are lovely tropical plants that are air purifying.
Blue Star Fern (Phlebodium aureum ‘Blue Star’)
The blue star fern is an epiphyte that climbs trees in the rainforests. They have attractive foliage that is crinkly and seem to change color as they catch the light.
Phlebodium aureus is a shade-loving plant that does well in rooms with little natural light. They are also drought tolerant but require enough humidity to thrive. Blue star ferns require daily misting to maintain their health and color. They can also be grown in the bathroom or kitchen, which are naturally the most humid rooms in the home.
Dwarf Banana plant (Musa Dwarf Cavendish)
The dwarf banana plant is excellent for anyone looking to add a tropical touch to their home’s decor.
This non-toxic plant looks great as it has large, paddle-shaped leaves. Dwarf banana plants are best grown for ornamental purposes as they are unlikely to fruit when kept indoors.
Pilea Glauca (Pilea Glauca ‘Greys’)
The Pilea glauca greys are pet-friendly and grow beautiful trailing vines. This plant looks great, growing over the edge of a shelf or windowsill. Be careful if you have small children, as they may reach up and pull the plant over.
Pilea glauca are tropical plants that thrive in bright indirect sunlight and are part of the Urticaceae family.
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Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica)
According to the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui, the money tree brings good luck and prosperity to its owner. While wealth isn’t guaranteed, it’s scientifically proven that the plant helps to purify the air, making it an excellent plant for the bedroom.
These plants are easy to care for as they only need to be watered once a week. They should be placed in a sunny spot but kept from the direct sun.
Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)
The beautiful Areca palm has stems that form a fountain of cascading foliage. This plant is commonly referred to as a bamboo palm, golden butterfly, or golden cane palm. Once very endangered, this plant is now growing in popularity.
It can reach a height of about 6 feet indoors and makes a great centerpiece for any room. These plants are also long-living and help to purify the air.
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata ‘Green Lady’)
The Boston fern is also called the sword fern due to its long leaves.
This air purifying plant is another non-toxic houseplant that’s safe for children and animals. It’s very easy to care for and will bring a splash of color and greenery to your home.
Non-Toxic Indoor Plants Final Thoughts
Even though these houseplants are not toxic for dogs and cats, they may still cause mild reactions on some pets or humans. If your pet enjoys chewing on plants, you should move your house plants out of reach or choose a non-toxic variety. You know your cat or dog and his habits better than anyone, so you should build up your plant collection in a safe way.
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