Home: Non-Toxic Plants for Indoor Air Quality

You may have heard that you can improve your indoor air quality by adding houseplants to your home. While they won’t get rid of mold according to research from Nasa they can help remove some chemicals from your air. If you have dogs or cats, you’ll want to make sure that the houseplants you choose are non-toxic.

Some of the most common houseplants (Snake Plant, Peace Lily, Pothos, Philadendron, Ficus) are indeed toxic to cats and dogs when ingested, so if you have these plants, try to put them out of reach of your four-legged friends.

Whenever I consider buying a new houseplant, I always check it out first on the ASPCA’s very helpful Poisonous Plants database.

Here’s a selection of houseplants which are non-toxic to both cats and dogs that are easy to find in nurseries and improve indoor air quality:

  • Bamboo Palm – Chamaedorea elegans (Miniature Fish Tail Dwarf Palm, Parlor Palm, Good Luck Palm, Neanthe Bella Palm)
  • Banana Plant – Musa acuminata (Edible Banana, Plantain Tree, Banana Palm)
  • Spider Plant – Chlorophytum comosum (Ribbon Plant, Anthericum, Spider Ivy)
  • Areca Palm – Dypsis lutescens or Chrysalidocarpus lutescens (Golden Cane Palm, Golden Butterfly Palm, Cane Palm, Golden Feather Palm, Yellow Palm)
  • Kentia Palm– Howea forsteriana (Thatch Palm, Forster Senty Palm)
  • American Rubber Plant – Peperomia Obtusifolia (Pepper Face, Baby Rubber Plant)
  • African Violet – Saintpaulia (Cape Marigold)
  • Dwarf Date Palm – Phoenix acaulis
  • Pygmy Date Palm – Phoenix robelenii (Miniature Date Palm, Robellini Palm)
  • Hoya – Hoya kerrii – (Wax Hearts, Valentine Hoya)
  • Orchids – Orchidaceae – Many orchids are listed as non-toxic to cats and dogs, but since there are so many different kinds, check your particular variety to be sure.
  • Ferns – Like orchids, many ferms are also non-toxic, but always refer to the ASPCA’s database before bringing one home.

If you have a sunroom, certain herbs might also work.



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