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10 Pet-Safe House Plants That Make for a Gorgeous Display

These lovely greens can coexist with your furry friends.

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Pet owners need to be more careful when it comes to choosing plants for a home garden, because some popular greens are actually considered toxic for cats and dogs. Low-maintenance greens like pothos, aloe, and jade are only some of the ones that are dangerous when ingested, so it pays to do a little more research before bringing a new pot home.

To save you time, here are 10 pet-safe house plants you can consider:

1. Air plants (Tillandsia)

Air plants are low-maintenance plants that don't need soil to grow. They come in different shapes and sizes that look absolutely adorable and most importantly, safe for your curious furry friends.

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2. Polka dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Anyone (pets, included) will find the stunning leaves of polka dot plants hard to resist. Luckily, they're considered non-toxic for cats and dogs by the ASPCA, like everything else on this list.

3. Nerve Plant (Fittonia)

Another safe, pretty-leaved plant is the nerve plant or the fittonia. This plant can survive in low light conditions and thrive in humid environments.

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4. Calathea

Several species of calathea are said to be safe for house pets, and that's a relief because it'll add gorgeous dimension to areas in the house that don't have direct light.

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5. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

For a pet-safe pick that makes a statement, go for the classic and versatile spider plant.

6. Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

Any plant with leaves like the areca palm's will definitely catch your pet's eyes, but you don't have to worry about their health if they take a nibble.

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7. Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)

Though it grows slowly, the visual that this low spreading plant can add to your home is worth the wait.

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8. Echeveria

Succulents from the echeveria family such as the rose cactus and hens and chickens are adorable, pet-safe alternatives to toxic ones like jade.

9. Zebra Plant (Haworthia fasciata)

Since aloe vera is unfortunately moderately toxic for cats and dogs, you can switch it with similar-looking haworthia greens instead. The zebra plant, for one, is too pretty not to have in your indoor garden.

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10. Sweetheart Plant (Hoya kerrii)

This pet-safe, heart-shaped succulent will be the cutest addition to your home office desk. It makes for a great gift, too!

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