Pet-Friendly Indoor Plants and Their Surprisingly Healthy Benefits

If you want to add some plants to your indoor decor but are worried about the safety of your pet, here are some pet-friendly indoor plants and their surprisingly healthy benefits. It’s important to keep in mind that just because a plant may look nice, some of them do have the potential to harm your pets if they ingest them.

The following are some popular and easy to take care of pet-friendly indoor plants. Whether you prefer all green plants or plants that produce a pretty bloom, you’re sure to find some pet-friendly indoor plants that you like on this list. Don’t forget to check out some of the healthy benefits of these indoor plants at the bottom of this list. It’s time to start shopping!

Pet-Friendly Indoor Plants

Prayer Plant

This is one of my favorite indoor plants. It has beautiful red-tipped leaves and it is perfectly safe around pets. This plant gets its name from its leaves folding together at night, like that of praying hands. I found this awesome plant and cute little planter on Zulily, one of my favorite sites to find good deals. They regularly have different plants on sale.

prayer plant


Spider Plant

This beauty is also an amazing air-purifier for inside the home. You and your pets can rest well knowing that this plant won’t bring them any harm. The spider plant gets its name from the dangling leaves, not because it attracts spiders. Whew!

spider plant


Ponytail Palm

The ponytail palm is a popular houseplant and for good reasons. This pet-friendly indoor plant has beautiful leaves and it’s a very easy plant to care for. It’s actually not a palm or a tree, it’s a member of the Agave family and is also sometimes known as an Elephant Foot Tree.

ponytail palm


Rattlesnake Plant

This indoor plant is quite stunning with its spotted leaves and deep purple undersides. The rattlesnake plant is non-toxic and fairly easy to grow and care for. The rattlesnake plant gets its name from its attractive foliage and striking patterns.

rattlesnake plant



If you’re looking to add some color to the home with your plants, gloxinia is a great choice. Pet-friendly and easy to care for, this plant produces beautiful blooms in a range of colors including pink, white, purple, red, and blue.



African Violet

Another stunning blooming indoor plant that is safe around pets is the African violet. This plant is easy to care for and produces deep purple blooms. Add a cute pot like the one below and you’ve got yourself a pretty beautiful indoor plant.

African violet


Venus Flytrap

This is a fun one for kids especially. When a fly lands on the leaves, they snap closed to trap the fly. This plant is safe around pets as well.

venus fly trap


Benefits of Indoor Plants

When it comes to indoor plants, the benefits include more than just pretty decorations. Some healthy benefits of indoor plants:

  • Improve your mood
  • Lower stress levels
  • Help to purify the air
  • Increase your productivity
  • Promote healing

Many studies have been done on the benefits of indoor plants and their ability to clean the air and promote healing as well as a host of other benefits. NASA completed a very interesting study on plants indoors and how they work and change to clean the air. When it comes to having plants indoors, there’s really no downside. As long as you make sure that your indoor plants are safe around your children and pets, you will be fine.

If you feel that your pet has ingested a plant (indoors or outdoors) that may have harmed them, reach out to your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435 as quickly as possible. This list has a great variety of indoor plants that won’t harm your pets.


Which pet-friendly indoor plant is your favorite?


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