20 Trendy Dog Safe House Plants for 2021

Looking for trendy house plants that are beautiful AND dog-friendly? We got you! Check out our top picks for trendy dog safe house plants below for a greener 2021. 

20 Trendy Dog Safe House Plants for 2021
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1. Watermelon Peperomia

Non-toxic to both dogs and cats, Watermelon Peperomia or Watermelon Begonia is a flowering plant native to South America. It loves a bright room, but no direct sunlight.

The Watermelon Peperomia is considered to be ‘easy-grow’ and a great starter plant for beginner plant enthusiasts. It can grow to 12 inches tall and enjoys a thorough watering when its soil becomes dry to the touch – but be careful not to over-water!

2. Prayer Plant

Known for its beautiful foliage and bold markings, the Prayer Plant (also known as ‘Peacock Plant’ or ‘Cathedral Windows’) is a tropical house plant native to eastern Brazil. A member of the Maranta family, the Prayer Plant is non-toxic to both dogs, cats and horses and has the scientific name, ‘Calathea Makoyana‘.

3. Chinese Money Plant

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Native to the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces of southern China, the Chinese Money Plant goes by many names, including Pilea peperomioides, pancake plant, missionary plant and UFO plant. It prefers bright direct to indirect light and a thorough water every 1-2 weeks. This pet-friendly houseplant is a self-propagator and can grow to 12 inches tall.

4. Parlor Palm

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Pet-friendly and easy to care for, the Parlor Palm is known for its air-purifying qualities, reliable habit and resilience to indoor conditions. When cared for correctly the Parlor Palm can grow to 6+ feet tall. It thrives under bright indirect to low light and enjoys a thorough watering every 1-2 weeks.

5. Nerve Plant

Also known as Fittonia, the Nerve Plant thrives in high-humidity environments and benefits from misting during hot or dry weather. Non-toxic to dogs, cats and horses, Nerve Plants like to be kept moist (but not waterlogged) and prefer bright, indirect sunlight.

6. Rattlesnake Plant

Like other Calathea varieties, the CalatheaRattlesnakelancifolio is a pet-friendly tropical plant originating from Brazil. It can grow to 30 inches tall and enjoys warm, moist growing conditions and bright, indirect sunlight.

7. Air Plants

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Like the name suggests, Air Plants like the Xerographica pictured above don’t require any soil to grow. They are pet-friendly and easy to care for and prefer bright, indirect sunlight. Air Plants should be watered every 1-2 weeks by way of a 5-10 minute soaking in room temperature tap or rain water.

8. Staghorn Fern

Non-toxic to dogs, cats and horses, the Staghorn or Elkhorn Fern is an epiphyte which means it grows on other plants in its native environment. This type of fern can be grown both indoors and outdoors and flourishes in warm, humid environments in pots, baskets, on frames and even pieces of wood like bark, driftwood and tree branches. 

9. Spider Plant

Also known as ‘Ribbon Plant’, ‘Spider Ivy’, and Chlorophytum comosum, the Spider Plant is a non-toxic pet-friendly houseplant from the Liliaceae family. This plant is easy to grow and propagate and prefers slightly moist soil during the Spring and Summer months as well as bright to moderate indirect light.

10. String of Hearts

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Image via Unsplash, photo by Severin Candrian

Known for its whimsical trailing heart-shaped leaves, the String of Hearts or Ceropegia Woodii is a fast-growing easy-care succulent that can reach lengths as long as 4 feet. Whilst it is not known to be toxic to dogs and cats, it should certainly be kept out of their reach so as to prevent its vines from becoming tangled and caught on any furry passers-by!

11. Mistletoe Cactus

Like the Staghorn Ferns identified above, Rhipsalis or Mistletoe Cactus species, like the Rhipsalis burchellii pictured above, are epiphytes. Meaning that they also grow attached to other plants. Unlike the Staghorns however, Mistletoe Cacti do bloom and subsequently bear fruit – luckily for pet-lovers, these are non-toxic, along with the rest of the plant.

12. Calathea Orbifolia

Calathea orbifolia are known for their beautiful round striped leaves and air-purifying qualities. As a tropical plant they prefer warm to high temperatures and high-humidity levels. Damp (but not sopping) soil is also a must for this plant. Like other Calatheas, the Calathea orbifolia is a non-toxic pet-friendly houseplant.

13. Calathea Majestica White Star

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Image via Unsplash, photo by Severin Candrian

Pet-friendly and non-toxic, the Calathea Majestica White Star houseplant prefers slightly moist soil and a humid environment. Given proper care, this tropical plant can grow as high as 4 to 5 feet and may feature beautiful pink shades on its leaves depending on light conditions and maturity.

14. Hindu Rope Plant

The Hindu Rope Plant or Hoya carnosa ‘Krinkle Kurl’ is known for its curly wax-like leaves, rope-like appearance and the beautiful clusters of star shaped pink fragrant flowers it produces. It is pet-friendly and low-maintenance, making it a great starter houseplant for novice gardeners.

15. Bird's Nest Fern

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Image via Unsplash, photo by Severin Candrian

Preferring bright indirect to low light, and regular watering (every 1-2 weeks) the Bird’s Nest Fern is a popular choice when it comes to pet-friendly houseplants. Another epiphytic plant, in their natural environment Bird’s Nest Ferns commonly grow on tree trunks, cliffs and in dark forests. These plants prefer moist but not wet soil.

16. Fan Palm

Licuala grandis aka the Fan Palm is a beautiful tropical palm from Vanuatu with large, glossy undivided fan-shaped fronds. It prefers bright, indirect light in a warm position with consistent moisture and humidity. The Fan Palm is a non-toxic and dog safe house plant.

17. Ponytail Palm

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Image via Unsplash, photo by Severin Candrian

Despite the name, Ponytail Palms aren’t palms at all, they’re actually a type of Agave succulent. They thrive in semi-dry conditions, are drought-tolerant and require very little maintenance, making them the perfect houseplant for beginners. The Ponytail Palm is non-toxic to dogs, cats and horses.

18. Boston Fern

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Native to the warm forests and swamps of Florida, West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America, Polynesia and Africa, the Boston Fern is an evergreen fern that absolutely thrives on humidity. When kept indoors, this plant should be kept damp (but not soggy) and in a position that receives bright indirect or filtered light. The Boston Fern is non-toxic and pet-friendly.

19. Lady Palm

Also known as Rhapsis palm, the Lady Palm is a pet-friendly, easy-care houseplant which favors a shady position and moist soil. Small and dwarf varieties of this plant do well in containers indoors whilst others make for the perfect privacy screen hedge when planted outdoors.

20. Calathea Zebrina

20 Trendy Dog Safe House Plants for 2021 feat. Calathea Zebrina - Image via Unsplash, photo by Severin Candrian

Image via Unsplash, photo by Severin Candrian

Native to Brazil, Calathea Zebrina or ‘Zebra Plant’ are a tropical variety of houseplant known for its big, bold, striped foliage. They are non-toxic to dogs and cats and thrive in warm, moist, humid conditions.

We hope you enjoyed today’s round-up of dog safe house plants!

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