56+ Safe Houseplants for Pets [Non Toxic A-Z List]


The ASPCA’s poison control center has deemed the plants that are detailed on the following pages to be’safe’ for planting in locations that are frequented by dogs and other pets. These pages contain a list of those plants. Please be aware that the responses of different animal species and even breeds to the many compounds that can be present in plants can vary. Although the following plants should not cause serious or deadly poisoning, we do not recommend that you let your pet play with or eat any part of these indoor plants. This includes not allowing your pet to play with or ingest any components of these plants. The information contained in these pages is just intended to serve as a suggested guideline.

You can view the plants listed alphabetically by their common names by scrolling down or clicking on the links below.

A

Aluminum Plant 

  • Pilea cadieri
  • Also known as the Watermelon Plant.
    Delicate houseplant with silvery markings on glossy dark green leaves

American Rubber Plant 

  • Peperomia obtusifolia or Rhynchophorum obtusifolium
  • Also known as Pepper Face or the Baby Rubber Plant

Arabian Gentian 

  • Exacum affine
  • Also known as the Persian Violet or German Violet

Areca Palm 

  • Dypsis lutescens / Chrysalidocarpus lutescens
  • Also known as the Golden Butterfly Palm, Cane Palm, Golden Feather Palm or Yellow Palm.
    Attractive houseplant

Artillery Plant 

  • Pilea microphylla
  • Delicate houseplant with fine fernlike foliage

B

Baby Rubber Plant 

  • Peperomia obtusifolia / Rhynchophorum obtusifolium
  • Also known as Pepper Face, or the American Rubber Plant

Bamboo Palm 

  • Chamaedorea elegans
  • Also known as the Miniature Fish Tail Dwarf Palm, Parlor Palm, or Good Luck Palm

Belmore Sentry Palm 

  • Howea belmoreana
  • Also known as the Curly Palm

Bloodleaf 

  • Iresine herbstii
  • Also known as Chicken Gizzard, Yellow Bloodleaf, or Joseph’s Coat.
    Tender perenials grown mainly as a houseplant for their colorful foliage

Blushing Bromeliad 

  • Neoregalia sp.
  • Also known as Crimson cup, Marbled fingernail, Blushing Bromeliad, Ossifragi Vase, Miniature Marble plant or Aregelia

Blunt Leaf Peperomia 

  • Peperomia obtusifolia / Rhynchophorum obtusifolium
  • Also known as the Pepper Face, Baby Rubber Plant or American Rubber Plant

Bold Sword Fern 

  • Nephrolepis biserrata

Boston Fern 

  • Nephrolepis exalta bostoniensis

Bottle Palm 

  • Beaucarnea recurvata / Nolina tuberculata
  • Also known as the Elephant-foot Tree or the Pony Tail Plant

Brazilian Orchid 

  • Sophronitis

C

California Pitcher Plant 

  • Darlingtonia californica
  • Also called the Cobra Orchid, Cobra Plant, Cobra Lily or Chrysamphora

Cane Palm 

  • Dypsis lutescens / chrysalidocarpus lutescens
  • Also known as the Golden Butterfly Palm, Areca Palm, Golden Feather Palm or the Yellow Palm

Chocolate Soldier 

  • Episcia dianthiflora
  • Also known as the Lace-Flower Vine or Episcia

Christmas Cactus 

  • Schlumbergera bridgesii
  • Also known as the Easter Cactus

Christmas Dagger 

  • Polystichum acrostichoides
  • Also known as the Christmas Dagger Fern

Christmas Orchid 

  • Cattleya trianaei
  • Also known as the Winter Cattleya
  • Cirrhopetalum Bulbophyllum appendiculatum
  • Also known as the Old World Orchid
  • Cliff Brake Pellaea rotundifolia
  • Also known as the Button Fern, Green Cliff Brack or Cliff Break

Cocktail Orchid 

  • Cattleya forbesii

D

Dallas Fern 

  • Nephrolepis biserrata
  • Also known as the Bold Sword Fern

Dancing Doll Orchid 

  • Oncidium flexuosum
  • Duffii Fern Nephrolepsis cordifolia ‘duffii’
  • Also known as the Duffy Fern or Lemon Button Fern

Dwarf Date Palm 

  • Phoenix acaulis

Dwarf Feather Palm 

  • Nephrolepis exaltata

Dwarf Palm 

  • Chamaedorea elegans
  • Also known as the Good Luck palm or Parlor palm

Dwarf Whitman Fern 

  • Nephrolepsis cordifolia plumosa

E

Earth Star 

  • Cryptanthus bivattus minor
  • Also known as the Starfish plant, Green earth star or Vary-leaf star

Easter Cattleya (Easter Orchid) 

  • Cattleya mossiae

Easter Lily Cactus 

  • Echinopsis multiplex

Episcia 

  • Episcia dianthiflora
  • Also known as Lace-Flower Vine or Chocolate Soldier

F

Fan Tufted Palm 

  • Rhapis flabelliformis
  • Also known as the Lady Palm

Feather Palm 

  • Nephrolepis exaltata

Fiery Reed Orchid 

  • Epidendrum ibaguense

Fingernail Plant 

  • Neoregelia spectabilis

Fish Tail Fern 

  • Cyrtomium falcatum

Florida Butterfly Orchid 

  • Epidendrum tampense
  • Also known as the Scarlet Orchid

G

Golden Shower Orchid 

  • Oncidium sphacelatum

H

Hindu Rope Plant 

  • Hoya carnosa ‘krinkle kurl’

I

Ivy Leaf Peperomia 

  • Peperomia griseoargentea
  • Also known as Plantinum Peperomia or Silver leaf Peperomia

J

Jasmine 

  • Jasminium species

Jewel Orchid 

  • Haemaria discolor
  • Also known as the Golden Lace Orchid

K

King of the Forest 

  • Anoectuchilus setaceus
  • Also known as the Golden Jewel Orchid

L

Lace Flower Vine 

  • Episcia dianthiflora
  • Also known as Chocolate Soldier

Lace Orchid 

  • Odontoglossum crispum

Leopard Orchid 

  • Dendrobium gracilicaule
  • Also known as the Tiger Orchid

Living Rock Cactus 

  • Pleiospilos bolusii
  • Also known as the African living rock or Mimicry plant

M

Madagascar Jasmine 

  • Stephanotis floribunda
  • Also known as Wax Flower, Bride’s Flower or Clustered Wax Flower

Malaysian Dracaema 

  • Pleomele reflexa
  • Also known as Song of India

Manila Palm

  • Veitchia merrillii
  • Also known as the Dwarf Royal Palm or Christmas Palm

N

Neanthe Bella Palm 

  • Chamaedorea elegans

Nerve Plant 

  • Bertolonia mosaica / Fittonia argyroneura
  • Also known as the Jewel Plant, Siver Nerve, Mosaic Plant or Silver Threads

O

Old Man Cactus 

  • Cephalocereus senilis

Old World Orchid 

  • Bulbophyllum appendiculatum
  • Also known as Cirrhopetalum

P

Pansy Orchid 

  • Miltonia roezlii alba

Paradise Palm 

  • Howea forsteriana
  • Also known as the Kentia palm or Forster Senty Palm

Peperomia Hederifolia 

  • Peperomia griseoargentea

Peperomia Peltfolia 

  • Peperomia Peltifolia

Peperomia Rotundifolia 

  • Peperomia Rotundifolia

Peperomia Sandersii 

  • Peperomia Sandersii

Pepper Face 

  • Peperomia obtusifolia / Rhynchophorum obtusifolium
  • Also known as the Baby Rubber Plant or American Rubber Plant

Persian

  • Violet Exacum affine
  • Also known as the Arabian gentian or German Violet

Pink Brocade 

  • Episcia cultivar

Pink Starlite 

  • Cryptanthus bivattus minor
  • Also known as the Starfish Plant, Green Earth Star, Vary-Leaf Star or Earth Star

Plush Plant 

  • Echeveria pulvoliver

Porcelain Flower 

  • Hoya carnosa ‘krinkle kurl’
  • Also known as the Hindu Rope Plant

Prayer Plant 

  • Calathea insignis
  • Also known as Maranta

Purple Baby Tears 

  • Frithia pulchra
  • Also knonw as fairy elephant’s feet

Purple Passion Vine 

  • Gynura aurantica
  • Also known as the Velvet Plant, Royal Velvet Plant or Purple Velvet Plant

Purple Waffle Plant 

  • Hemigraphis exotica

Q

Queensland Arrowroot 

  • Canna edulis
  • Also known as Achira, Canna or Arrowroot

R

Rabbits Foot Fern 

  • Davallia sp.
  • Also known as Hare Fern, Squirrel Foot Fern, Deer Foot Fern or Ball Fern

Rainbow Orchid 

  • Epidendrum prismatocarpum

Red African Violet 

  • Episcia reptans

Red Edge Peperomia 

  • Peperomia clusiifolia

Red Palm Lily 

  • Cordyline rubra

Red Veined Prayer 

  • Calathea insignis
  • Also known as Maranta or Prayer Plant

Roosevelt Fern 

  • Nephrolepis biserrata

S

Saffron Spike Zebra 

  • Aphelandra squarrosa

Scarlet Orchid 

  • Epidendrum tampense
  • Also known as the Florida Butterfly Orchid

Silver Heart 

  • Peperomia caperata

Silver Pink Vine 

  • Hoya pubicalyx

Spice Orchid 

  • Epidendrum atropurpeum

Spice Orchid 

  • Epidendrum ibaguense
  • Also known as the Fiery Reed Orchid

Star Jasmine 

  • Trachelospermum jasminoides

Star Plant 

  • Cryptanthus bivattus minor
  • Also known as the Starfish Plant, Green Earth Star, Vary-Leaf Star or Pink Starlite

Sweetheart Hoya 

  • Hoya kerrii
  • Also knwn as wax hearts or valentine hoya

T

Tahitian Bridal Veil 

  • Tradescantia multiflora

Tailed Orchid 

  • Masdevallia

Tiger Orchid 

  • Haemaria discolor
  • Also known as the Golden Lace Orchid or Jewel Orchid

Toad Spotted Cactus 

  • Stapelia variegata

Tree Cactus 

  • Opuntia species

U

V

Velvet Plant 

  • Gynura aurantica

Venus Fly Trap 

  • Dionaea muscipula

Verona Fern 

  • Nephrolepis biserrata

Vining Peperomia 

  • Peperomia serpens variegata

W

Watermelon Begonia 

  • Peperomia argyreia

Watermelon Pilea 

  • Pilea cadieri
  • Also known as the Watermelon Plant or Aluminum Plant

Wax Plant 

  • Hoya carnosa ‘krinkle kurl’
  • Also known as the Hindu Rope Plant or Porcelain Flower

Whitman Fern 

  • Nephrolepis biserrata
  • Also known as the Bold Sword Fern, Nephrolepis Biserrata, Verona Fern or Verona Lace Fern

Windmill Palm 

  • Trachycarpus fortunei
  • Also known as the Chusan Palm

Winter Cattleya 

  • Cattleya trianaei
  • Also known as the Christmas Orchid

X

Y

Yellow Bloodleaf 

  • Iresine herbstii
  • Also known as Chicken Gizzard, Bloodleaf or Joseph’s Coat

Yellow Palm 

  • Dypsis lutescens / Chrysalidocarpus lutescens
  • Also known as the Golden Butterfly Palm, Cane Palm or Golden Feather Palm

Z

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