Pets and plants can go together with a little planning and choosing ones from this best pet-friendly plants list!

African Violet

This flowering plant may be small, but it packs a punch with its deep purple petals and contrasting yellow stamen in the center. They thrive in a range of light conditions, from low to bright filtered, and prefer moderate room temperatures with average humidity.

Baby’s Tears

The dainty leaves and leggy stems trail over the sides of many containers as the baby’s tears mature. This is why many plant and pet parents choose to turn it into a hanging plant to not tempt curious pets, though it’s non-toxic. Baby’s tears do best with filtered light, regular watering, and temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.


While it’s called both a banana tree and a banana plant, depending on who you ask, it’s a big herb! The banana plant loves warmth and humidity, making it the perfect addition to a sunroom. Give it a large, deep container to grow in with full sun and plenty of water and you might be rewarded bananas as it matures.

Spider Plants

Sometimes what’s old becomes new again, but the spider plant never goes out of style. Easy going but hardy, it can handle a range of conditions from temperatures as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit and water when its soil dries out. It’s also a known air purifier which is beneficial to you and your pets!

Venus Fly Trap

Although the Venus fly trap needs a little more specialized care than other pet-friendly plants, we promise it’s well worth the effort. It needs at least four hours of full sun every day, distilled water, and well-draining slightly acidic soil. The Venus fly trap is self-sufficient when it comes to mealtime — it gets nutrients from passing flies and tiny insects!

Areca Palm

The full, almost shaggy, fronds of an areca palm make it stand out in any home. Also called a butterfly palm, it’s low maintenance — give it bright, indirect light, allow the topsoil to dry out completely between waterings, and the areca palm will be peachy happy.

Boston Fern

Indirect light and high humidity sure make a Boston fern happy. Known for its bushy fronds, this plant doesn’t mind if you keep it on a stand or in a hanging basket. It does need all-purpose plant food every two or three months — many live for years with the right conditions.


The eye-catching calathea looks great on a side table, coffee table, or anywhere it can show off. With white patterns accenting the green topsides and purple bottoms, the leaves are showstoppers. Give it indirect or filter light, moist but well-draining soil, and a spritz of water or two on the leaves, and the calathea will leave people talking for years.


Similar to the calathea, the varieties of peperomia are known for their distinct leaves. They’re great desktop additions due to their relatively compact size and thrive with moderate indoor humidity and temperatures and water only when the topsoil is dried out.


A contrast in shapes, orchids add elegance to any plant display. They usually bloom in the colder months, providing a pop of color from their clustered petals. Orchids do best with bright but indirect light, orchid-specific potting soil, and moderate humidity.

Mosaic Plant

Another plant known for its standout leaves, the mosaic plant features nearly symmetric vein-like patterns in a range of colors popping off the deep green leaves. It’s another smaller plant, making it great for a home office or coffee table. Mosaic plants need consistently moist but not soggy soil with average room temperatures with indirect light.


If you have a pet who can’t help themselves and dig in potted plants, a bromeliad could be the solution. Bromeliads can grow in shallow pots or attached to a branch or large piece of bark since they’re epiphytes. It needs indirect but bright light, temperatures between 60 degrees and 85 degrees with moderate humidity to grow.

Ponytail Palm

This slow-growing palm is known for its flowing locks, uh, fronds, and relatively easy care needs. The large, sometimes bulbous, stem stores water for use so it only needs watering every week to a week and a half. Regular indoor temperatures and humidity plus sandy soil and direct sunlight are more than enough to keep a ponytail palm happy.

Royal Velvet Plant

If your plant collection needs a dash of color, look no further than the royal velvet plant. Hundreds of fine hairs cover each leaf, giving the appearance of velvet when they’re not radiating a deep purple color in certain light. Care needs are easy — normal indoor temperatures and humidity levels, moist soil, and bright light.


Succulents are known for their laid-back nature and the echeveria is no different. A fast grower with chubby small leaves in a rosette shape, it’s native to desert areas and prefers the same indoor conditions. Full sun, sparse water, and well-draining soil are all it needs to dazzle you and your guests for years.

These pet-friendly house plants come in a range of sizes and needs, but add pops of color and texture to any home. Need help keeping your home comfortable for your plants and pets? Call JW Plumbing, Heating and Air today.

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