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Pet Safe Plants: Our Top 5 Picks

Blair Brown — Apr 12, 2022

There's endless possibilities when it comes to choosing plants for you indoor and outdoor spaces. But what if you're looking for pet safe plants? Don't worry--we've got you covered! We carry plants that are safe for cats and dogs that you’ll love placing around your home and backyard where your furry friends may lounge or explore.

It can be difficult to find greenery, florals and more that are both trendy and pet friendly, but we have the solutions! Keep reading for Here our top picks for pet safe house plants.

1. Boston Fern

There’s nothing like a classic fern: full, lush and super easy to maintain. And the Boston Fern is no exception. Not only does it boast all the timeless touches you love about ferns, but it’s also perfect for heightening your indoor living areas. Best of all, ferns aren’t just limited to outdoor hanging – especially since this shrub is safe for pets, non-toxic for both dogs and cats.

You can place these bold beauties just about anywhere indoors as long as they receive proper care and indirect light, they’ll spruce up an array of spaces.

Boston Fern

2. Amur Maple

Even when the warmer months are coming to a close, you can still enjoy pet safe outdoor plants. In fact, fall planting is preferable since harsh temperatures are gone, making it easier to roll up your sleeves and remake your garden. And the Flame Amur, hardy down to -30 degrees, is ideal for planting during the autumnal months, especially since it’s a recognizable, dazzling symbol of the season itself. The biggest perk? This tree is non-toxic to house pets who roam around your yard.

Sunlit Amur Maple leaves displaying vibrant autumn colors

3. Christmas Palm

Aptly named for the Christmas season’s festivities, this variety is perfect for welcoming fall. Thanks to its diminutive size, it’s the top palm for container growing, so you can bring it inside or leave it on the porch to frame your entryways. And there’s no need to worry about roaming pets when it comes to the Christmas Palm since it’s non-toxic for cats, dogs, and horses, making it one of the top pet friendly house plants.

Christmas Palm Tree

4. Cast Iron Plant

A go-to choice for indoor decor, the Cast Iron Plant, is an old favorite that endures. But its amazing adaptability is what makes it second to none. Shade tolerant and hassle-free, the Cast Iron is perfect for those without a green thumb. And because it’s an evergreen variety, it lasts for years, so it’s an even bigger asset to those with house pets. This non-toxic pick will keep going, season after season.

Cast Iron Plant

5. Ponytail Palm

Last but not least, one of our favorite house plant cultivars and pet safe staples the Ponytail Palm is truly one-of-a-kind with voluminous, lush green fronds in a totally unique silhouette. And it elevates any area in your home with its vibrant shape juxtaposed again neutral gray bark. Even better? It’s safe for your furry friends since it’s non-toxic, so your Ponytail won’t be limited to hidden-away areas.

Ponytail Palm Tree

Bonus: Camellias

Camellias are another fantastic option for providing beauty and color to your landscape while being pet friendly. They're typically only suited for warm weather climates; however, they're actually hardy down to 10 degrees. These outdoor shrubs are perfect for your home and safe to all dogs and cats.

Dew-kissed pink Camellias blooming amidst lush green leaves.

Learn more about our stunning Yuletide Camellia below!

Pet Friendly Indoor Plants

From palms to camellias, pet safe plants can be pretty simple to find. Although they’re well-suited to homes with furry family members, they don’t skimp on style. With low-maintenance and hassle-free luxe in tow, these top picks are perfect for your garden, living areas and beyond. View our full collection of pet friendly house plants to please both yourself and your pets!


What house plants are animal friendly?

There are plenty of animal friendly plants to choose from! Aside from our list above, we have a whole collection of pet friendly house plants. It's a good idea to research your specific varieties before placing them near pets or children.

Is Pothos pet safe?

No, Pothos plants are toxic to both cats and dogs. Its roots, leaves and seeds are all poisonous to pets, so be sure to keep this out of reach or opt for a pet friendly plant instead!

Are succulents cat safe?

Most succulents are considered non-toxic and harmless to pets. However, certain varieties of succulents can be harmful to cats and dogs like Aloe Vera, Jade Plants and Snake Plants to name a few. Be sure to research your specific succulent to determine if it’s pet friendly.

Blair Brown

Blair is the Content Marketing Manager at FastGrowingTrees.com, and though she's not your traditional gardener, the planting world is definitely growing on her (pun intended!). She's enjoyed digging into plant care and maintenance and growing her plant collection, especially with exotic indoor varieties.

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