A home is a happy and healthy place when filled with pets, beautiful plants, and flowers. Pets give us companionship and flowers and plants have a multitude of health benefits, too. Keep things safe for your pets at home by choosing plants and flowers that are pet-friendly. Here at Stadium Flowers, Everett’s premier florist, we are happy to present some of our favorite non-toxic plants and flowers for you to choose from so you can keep your home stylish and fresh and your pets safe.
Safe Plants & Flowers for Pets
Bring a healthy dose of green to any low-light room with the attractive and lively Parlor Palm. Large green leaves arch from a single trunk making it look lush and full. Parlor Palms are pet-friendly and can grow up to 4 feet indoors.
For something more ornamental and eye-catching, pick up a Calathea Orbifolia. This lovely plant has large, round leaves that exhibit a striking linear pattern in light silver. With proper care, this plant will thrive indoors. Keep it out of direct sunlight and in a place with high humidity. A member of the Calathea family, the Orbifolia, and all varieties of Calathea plants’ are non-poisonous.
Bird’s Nest Fern
Ferns are popular houseplants and come in a variety of colors and textures. The Bird’s Nest Fern has a lovely shade of bright green and long fronds that are wavy at the edges providing wonderful texture and movement. This fern can tolerate low-light conditions but prefers medium to bright indirect light. Both the Boster fern and Bird’s Nest fern are safe for pets.
For a touch of whimsy and plenty of texture and movement, bring home a Ponytail Palm. This exciting plant is actually a succulent and stores water in its bulbous trunk. Its long, skinny leaves burst forth from the trunk and cascade down resembling a ponytail, which is how it got its name. Ponytail Palms are pet-friendly and easy to care for.
Polka Dot Plant
When you’re looking for an exquisite plant that has an interesting pattern of colors, then you’ll want to seek out the Polka Dot Plant. Its large green leaves appear to have been “splashed” with colorful paint from a flickering brush. These dots come in pink, white, and red. The colorful and unique Polka Dot Plant is safe for cats and dogs.
Another houseplant with a wonderfully unique design is the Watermelon Peperomia plant. With round leaves that have a pattern of a watermelon, this ornamental plant is quite eyecatching. The Watermelon Peperomia plant is non-toxic for both cats and dogs.
As the most popular flower in the world, it’s a good thing that the rose is pet-friendly. A staple flower for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and other romantic holidays, roses are fragrant, beautiful, and come in nearly every color of the rainbow.
Bright, colorful, and large with a broad face, Gerbera Daisies are another popular flower many people love. Either in a vase by themselves or paired with other flowers, Gerbera Daisies are fine to have around your pets as they are non-toxic.
A flower that captures the essence of summer and is filled with joy is the bright and vibrantly yellow sunflower. Perfectly perky and wholesome, sunflowers are pet-friendly, chic and charming blooms.
Popular in floral arrangements due to their vertical element and rich colors, Snapdragons are pet-friendly and dainty floral that will brighten any room.
Once you’ve caught the orchid bug, you’ll soon realize you can’t have just one. An exotic plant that produces large, dramatic flowers, orchids are spectacular when they are in bloom. Luckily, Orchids are also pet friendly so you can add to your collection with no worries.
Zinnias are colorful blooms that look great in a vase or in a garden. With a full, rounded blossom and numerous petals, these beauties come in a wide array of colors. Zinnias are also pet-friendly.
Signs of Poisoning in Pets
Even with pet-friendly plants around, it’s still possible for your pet to get into some toxic items that may be laying around the home, in a park, or in your backyard. It’s important to recognize the signs of poisoning so you can act accordingly. If your pet is exhibiting gastrointestinal distress, vomiting, lethargy, excessive drooling, or a racing heart, take them to your vet. For a thorough list of plants and flowers which are toxic to cats and dogs, visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center website.