Plants That Are Safe For Pets And Small Children



When it comes to house plants, one of our most frequently asked questions is about the safety of house plants around small children and pets. House plants are a wonderful addition to our homes. They are an excellent way to change up your decor and many folks report feeling a greater sense of calm with house plants nearby. Plants are also known to increase oxygen levels in the air during photosynthesis which can improve our mood, energy levels, and mental focus. The Seattle Times stated that you can maximize your health benefits by placing plants in your breathing zone; your breathing zone is 6-8 feet of where you normally sit or lie. House plants can also be used with small children to teach them about caring for things, plant life, and responsibility.


With all of these benefits, house plants have become more and more popular for all ages. However, if you have pets and small children in your home, it is extremely important to know which plants are safe for them! While there is a long list of toxic house plants, there are plenty of options that are safe!


We’ve composed a list of both unsafe and safe options below.


Poisonous Varieties (this is not a comprehensive list, but a list of commonly used house plants)

  • Aloe vera

  • Ivy

  • Jade

  • Dumb cane

  • Oleander

  • MistleToe

  • Holly

  • Philodendron

  • Pathos

  • Sago palm

  • ZZ plant

  • Elephant ear

  • Corn plant

  • Asparagus plant

  • Desert rose

  • Bird of paradise

  • Peace lily

  • Chinese evergreen


Pet and Child Safe (we recommend that you still avoid allowing your pets and little ones to ingest these plants)

  • Corn Plant

  • Weeping Fig

  • The Entire echeveria family

  • Haworthia

  • Swedish Ivy

  • Christmas Cactus

  • Baby’s Tears

  • Prayer Plant

  • Areca Palm

  • Spider Plant

  • Parlor Palm

  • Cast Iron Plant

  • Peperomia Caperata

  • Lucky Bamboo

  • Blood Leaf

  • Air Plant

  • Money Tree

  • Boston Fern

  • African Violet

  • Mini Phalaenopsis

  • Moth Orchid

  • Wax Plant

For an extensive list of plants that can be harmful to dogs or small children, click here.


If poisonous plants are ingested, be sure to call poison control at the number below.

Poison Control

Available 24/7

800-222-1222





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