1. LIPSTICK PLANT, AESCHAYNTHUS RADICANS
Lipstick Plant is a beautiful trailing foliage option that also sports showy blooms on occasion. We love the patterning on the leaves of the 'Zebra' cultivar especially! Grow in bright indirect light, and water only when almost dry (they don't like sitting wet). A warm, more humid environment helps stimulate blooming.
2. STAGHORN FERN, PLATYCERIUM BIFURCATUM
Getting its name from the fact that its fronds resemble that of a deer or elk, this pet-safe fern is popular mounted on wood and hung on the wall. In the wild, these plants are epiphytic, meaning they grow on the sides of trees - so mounting them with sphagnum moss and fishing line closely resembles their natural habitat. Staghorn Ferns like indirect/partial light and frequent watering (though allow them to dry out slightly in between). If you have a mounted fern, simply take it off the wall and soak it in your sink for 15-20 minutes until the roots are fully saturated.
3. STRING OF HEARTS & VARIEGATED STRING OF HEARTS, CEROPEGIA WOODII (VARIEGATA)
A highly requested plant, both the variegated and non-variegated variety of this trailing succulent are pet safe. As with most succulents, this plant prefers LOTS of bright, indirect light (too much direct sun will burn its leaves), and to dry out between watering. For best success with this plant, place it near a southern window, bottom water when the soil is almost/completely dry, and fertilize frequently with succulent-specific fertilizer when actively growing.
4. VENUS FLYTRAP, DIONAEA MUSCIPULA & CAPE SUNDEW, DROSERA CAPENSIS
Venus Flytraps and Sundews are always a fun option, especially for kids, so it's helpful that they are nontoxic to humans and pets. Indoors, they do best when grown in very bright light/direct sun, with a dish underneath the pot with water in it. They naturally live in bogs, so keeping the soil consistently moist is key - however, make sure to use rain water, spring water, or distilled water as chemicals or fertilizer can quickly kill them.
5. SPIDER PLANT, CLOROPHYTUM COMOSUM
Did you know that spider plants are available in straight, curly, variegated, and reverse-variegated varieties? These plants are great for beginners, easy to care for (though they do not like to be neglected), make a statement on a shelf or plant hanger, and are suitable for a wide range of growing conditions. While pet safe, cats love the long grass-like leaves on this plant, and it contains a chemical compound that is mildly hallucinogenic - meaning it may be your cat's new favorite plant... so keep it out of reach if you don't want it eaten!
6. BIRD'S NEST FERN
We've had several varieties of this low light loving, pet safe fern over the years at Painters. With a fun growing habit, bright green fronds, and varying shapes and sizes, this plant compliments any houseplant collection and is guaranteed to keep your pets safe. As with most ferns, Bird's Nest Ferns love lower light, frequent waterings (do not let it dry out too much), and high humidity.
As of March 2023, we have Japanese Bird's Nest Ferns (top and far right photo) available at Painters Greenhouse. This variety was selected for how well it does in normal household humidity (yay fewer brown tips)!
7. CALATHEA 'RATTLESNAKE PLANT', GOEPPERTIA INSIGNIS
Rattlesnake Plants are just one of many pet-safe varieties of Goeppertia (formerly Calathea), and they all feature stunning leaves that look as though they've been hand-painted. Goeppertia can get a bad rap for being high maintenance, but some such as Goeppertia Rattlesnake, Orbifolia, and Peacock make for moderately easy houseplants with a big impact! These plants like high humidity, thrive in medium, indirect light, and don't like to dry out too much in between waterings.
In order: Calathea ‘Zebra Plant’, Goeppertia zebrina; Calathea Orbifolia, Goeppertia orbifolia, Calathea ‘Jungle Velvet’, Goeppertia warszewiczii tigrina, Calathea Fishbone Prayer Plant, Ctenanthe burle-marxii ‘amagris’; Calathea Peacock Plant, Goeppertia makayona; Calathea Pinstripe Plant, Goeppertia ornata.
8. BURRO'S TAIL, SEDUM MORGANANIUM
Burro's Tail (Sedum morgananium) is nontoxic, as are most other sedum. This trailing plant does best in baskets as it tends to get heavy when the stems get long. We love the unique appearance, and it's very easy care, liking bright light and low water. While it isn't toxic, we recommend hanging out of reach, as all it takes is one smack from a frisky paw to knock some of the delicate leaves off!
9. PEPEROMIA 'CUPID', PEPEROMIA SCANDENS
Peperomia 'Cupid' is a great option for those looking for a trailing plant. All peperomia are low-maintenance, pet-safe houseplants that make a statement on their own, or great accent plants. They maintain a smaller form, never growing beyond 12”-18". Peperomia are a member of the pepper family, but not the one that gives us green or hot peppers; they come from the pepper family that gives us the pepper spice! They include a variety of colors - purples, red, greens, grays, and creams, and can have plump succulent-like leaves, thinner rippled leaves, or long, narrow, pointy leaves (just to name a few). There are so many varieties to choose from!
Assorted pet-safe Peperomia.
10. CAST IRON PLANT
A member of the lily family with eye-catching leaves speckled in white, this pet friendly plant adapts well to the home, is extremely easy to care for, and will even tolerate some neglect. (While pet safe, cats love this plant, so you may want to keep it out of reach to prevent it from being munched on!)
With endless colors and patterns to choose from, pet-safe Echeveria gives you so many options! Don't be afraid of it because it's a succulent - as long as you have bright light and water infrequently (from underneath is ideal), you can keep these happy for a long time. If it gets too tall, cut the top off and watch it regrow.
12. NERVE PLANT, FITTONIA
This plant is adorned with lovely accented veins on the leaves which lead to its name. Relatively easy care, nerve plant does appreciate regular watering, or it will droop/wilt dramatically (watering quickly perks it back up). They prefer medium light and higher humidity, doing great in terrariums.
13. NEANTHE BELLA PARLOUR PALM, CHAMAEDROREA ELEGANS
Palms are one of the best options for someone looking for a large statement plant that is pet safe, and we especially love this one. Palms add a tropical flare and tend to be easy care - the Neanthe Bella can handle medium to lower light, and prefers to be allowed to slightly dry between waterings (water when top 2 inches of soil are dry). With ficus, corn plants and so many other large houspelants being toxic if ingested, large palms are one of the best alternatives.
14. AIR PLANTS
Air plants are a stunning and unique pet safe addition to any house plant collection. They don't need to be potted in soil, and there are many creative ways to display them. To care for your air plant, provide it with bright indirect light, completely submerge it in water for 20 minutes every 1-2 weeks, and dry upside down. Want to get creative? Add an air plant to a terrarium, tuck them into a seashell or beautiful piece of driftwood, hang them with fishing line, or use a macrame air plant hanger!
15. STRING OF TURTLES
A member of the Peperomia family, String of Turtles and all Peperomia make great pet safe houseplants! Typically they prefer lots of bright, indirect light and to dry out completely between waterings. The more light they get, the more you can enjoy the dramatic venation!
16. HOYA MACROPHYLLA
This low-maintenance vining Hoya, aka wax plant, is one of many varieties of Hoya that are pet safe. Hoya all love to climb, have thick waxy leaves, and if given the right care and a little luck produce beautiful flowers. Hoyas make great additions to plant hangers and also look great trellised. Hoyas need less frequent watering than other vining houseplants, like bright indirect light, and you can give them a boost by spritzing with orchid fertilizer 1-2 times a month.
In order: Hoya 'Krohniana Black', Hoya 'Krimson Queen', Hoya publicalyx, Hoya publicalyx 'splash', and Hoya macrophylla.
Abutilon Chinese Lanterns (trailing)
Abutilon Flowering Maple (all varieties)
Air Plant, Tillandsia (multiple varieties)
Areca Palm, Chrysalidocarpus lutescens
Bird's Nest Fern, Asplenium nidus
Black Mystic Bromeliad, Cryptanthus
Blue Star Fern, Polypodium aureum
Bright Star Plant, Murdianna loriformis
Burro’s Tail/Donkey’s Tail, Sedum morganianum
Calathea ‘Freddie’, Goeppertia concinna
Calathea ‘Golden Mosaic’, Ctenanthe pilosa
Calathea ‘Jungle Velvet’, Goeppertia warszewiczii tigrina
Calathea ‘Rattlesnake Plant’, Goeppertia insignis
Calathea ‘Zebra Plant’, Goeppertia zebrina
Calathea Dottie, Goeppertia roseopicta
Calathea Fishbone Prayer Plant, Ctenanthe burle-marxii ‘amagris’
Calathea Orbifolia, Goeppertia orbifolia
Calathea Peacock Plant, Goeppertia makayona
Calathea Pinstripe Plant, Goeppertia ornata
Calathea vittata, Goeppertia vittata
Cape Sundew, Drosera capensis
Carrion Flower, Stapelia
Cast Iron Plant, Aspidistra elatior
Chain Cactus, Rhipsalis paradoxa
Chenille Firetail, Acalypha pendula
Chinese Fan Palm, Livistona chinensis
Coppertone Sedum, Sedum nussbaumerianum
Crocodile Fern, Microsorum musifolium
Crocodile Fern, Microsorum musifolium crocodillus
Cryptanthus (all varieties)
Dancing Bones Cactus, Hatiora salicornioides
Dwarf Tree Fern, Blechnum gibbum
Earth Star Bromeliad, Cryptanthus aucalis var. Ruber
Echeveria (multiple varieties)
Elephant Bush, Portulacaria afra (non-variegated, red stem, and variegated)
Elkhorn Fern, Polypodium grandiceps
Fishbone Cactus, Selenicerus anthonyanus
Flame Violet, Episcia cupreata
French Staghorn Fern, Platycerium veitchii cv. ‘lemoine’
Ghost Plant, Graptopetalum paraguayense
Glossy Leaf Paper Plant, Fatsia japonica (regular and variegated)
Golden Sedum, Sedum adolphii
Goldfish Plant, Nematanthus hybrid
Graptosedum (multiple varieties)
Green Prayer Plant, Maranta leuconeura
Hairy Stemmed Cactus, Rhipsalis pilocarpa
Hammock Fern, Blechnum appendiculatum
Haworthia (Multiple Varieties)
Heartleaf Fern, Hemionitis arifolia
Hens & Chicks
Holiday Cactus, Schlumbergera (assorted)
Hope Peperomia ‘Hope’, Peperomia roundifolia
Hoya 'Black Margin’, Hoya parasitic, ‘Black Margin’
Hoya ‘Krimson Queen’
Hoya ‘String Bean’, Hoya shepherdii
Hoya Porcelain Flower, Hoya carnosa
Hoya Porcelain Vine, Hoya curtisii
Hoya publicalxy ’Speckled’
Hoya, ‘Krohniana Black’
Jeweled Crown, Pachyveria Scheideckeri
Jungle Cactus, Rhipsalis campos portoana
Kangaroo Paw Fern, Microsorum diversifolium
Lace Flower, Alsobia dianthiflora
Lady Finger Cactus, Mammillaria elongata
Leatherleaf Fern, Rumohra adiantiformis ‘iberia’
Lemon Button Fern, Nephrolepis cordifolia
Lipstick Plant, Aeschynanthus Marmoratus
Little Jewel, Pachyphytum compactum
Little Knuckles, Delosperma lehmannii
Little Warty, Gasteria
Maidenhair Fern, Adiantum (all varieties)
Majesty Palm, Ravenea rivularis
Manage, Cross of Manfreda and Agave (assorted)
Money Tree, Pachira aquatica
Mother Fern, Asplenium pavarti
Mother of Pearl Plant, Graptopetalum paraguayense
Neanthe Bella Palm, Chamaedorea sp. elegans
Nerve Plant, Fittonia (Silver Small Leaf & Red Large Leaf)
Night Blooming Cereus, Epiphyllum oxypentalum
Norfolk Pine, Araucaria heterophylla
Orange Firecracker Plant, Orange Firecracker Plant
Orchid Cactus, Disocactus ackermannii
Peperomia 'Cypress’, Peperomia glabella
Peperomia 'Happy Beans’, Peperomia ferreyrae
Peperomia 'Jelly’, Peperomia clusiifolia
Peperomia 'Napoli Nights’, Peperomia caperata 'Napoli Nights'
Peperomia 'Piccolo Bando’, Peperomia albovittata 'Piccolo Bando’
Peperomia 'Raisinet’, Peperomia raisinet
Peperomia 'Rana Verde’, Peperomia albovittata 'Rana Verde'
Peperomia 'Rosso’, Peperomia caperata 'Rosso'
Peperomia 'Ruby Glow’, Peperomia graveolens
Peperomia 'Schumi Red’, Peperomia caperata 'Schumi Red'
Peperomia ‘Burbella’, Peperomia caperata ‘Burbella’,
Peperomia ‘Cupid’ variegated, Peperomia scandens variegata
Peperomia ‘Emerald Ripple’, Peperomia caperata ‘Emerald Ripple’
Peperomia ‘Mendoza’, Peperomia caperate ‘Mendoza'
Peperomia ‘Parallel’, Peperomia puteolata
Peperomia ‘Raindrop’, Peperomia polybotra
Peperomia ‘Red Edge Baby Rubber Plant’, Peperomia obtusifolia
Peperomia ‘Taco Leaf Plant’, Peperomia axillaris
Peperomia ‘Trinervula’, Peperomia trinervula
Peperomia ‘Watermelon’, Peperomia argyreia
Peperomia ’String of Turtles’, Peperomia prostrata
Pepperomia ‘Felted’, Peperomia incana
Petticoat Fern, Nephrolepis exaltata
Pickle Plant, Delosperma echinatum ‘gherkin’
Pilea ‘Moon Valley’, Pilea mollis
Pilea Aluminum Plant, Pilea cadierei
Pilea Baby Tears, Pilea depressa
Pilea Friendship Plant ‘Norfolk’, Pilea involucrata
Pilea Money Plant (Friendship Plant), Pilea peperomiodies
Pilea Red Stem, Pilea glauca
Pilea Silver Tree, Pilea spruceana
Ponytail Palm, Beaucarnea recurvata
Pteris Brake Fern, Pteris cretica ‘albo-lineata’
Rabbit's Foot Fern, Davallia fejeensis (and Black Rabbit’s Foot Fern)
Rat Tail Cactus, Disocactus flagelliformis
Red Prayer Plant, Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura
Rex Begonia Vine, Cissus discolor
Ruby Club Moss, Selaginella erythropus
Silver Lace Fern, Pteris quadriaurita
Spaghetti Cactus, Rhipsalis baccifera
Spider Plant, Chlorophytum comosum (all varieties)
Spotted Gasteria, Gasteria maculata
Staghorn Fern, Platycerium bifurcatum
Stonecrop Sedum (assorted)
Stonecrop, Sedum acre
Streptocarpus (multiple varieties)
String of Hearts, Ceropegia woodii
Stromanthe Triostar, Stromanthe sanguinea
Tea Tree (Tea Plant), Camellia sinensis
Trailing Watermelon Begonia, Pellionia repens var pulchra
Variegated String of Hearts, Ceropegia woodii variegata
Zebra Plant, Aphelandra
Plants Toxic to Pets