While there is some debate on how effective indoor plants are at actually purifying the air in your home, studies have shown that by way of biophilia indoor plants can have therapeutic effects such as reducing stress, promoting recovery and healing from illness or injury, as well as boosting productivity. Unfortunately there are many house plants that can be toxic to our pets. With help from our friends at Bloomscape, here are five pet-safe plants to boost your well being.
Bamboo Palm -chamaedorea seifrizii
This extra-large pet friendly plant is quite adaptable and can thrive in very little light. Native to Central America the Bamboo Palm prefers a moderate to high humidity and thrives with consistently moist soil ( not soggy).
* Please note that while the Bamboo Palm leaves themselves are not toxic to animals, some Bamboo Palms can grow berries that are highly poisonous and need to be removed immediately if spotted.
2. Spider Plant -chlorophytum comosum
This incredibly popular plant is one of the easiest houseplants to grow. The spider plant is native to tropical and southern Africa and prefers bright indirect light and to be watered only when the soil becomes dry (once a week or so).
3. Money Tree - pachira aquatica
Another no-fuss larger plant native to Central and South America. The money tree prefers high humidity and bright indirect sunlight. It has been said that the money tree can bring positive energy and good luck to the home. I'll take one!
4. Neon Prayer Plant -maranta leuconeura “marisela”
The Neon Prayer plant gets its name from the way its lovely leaves fold in the evening to resemble hands folded in prayer. Native to the rainforests of Brazil, the Neon Prayer plant prefers well-drained soil and bright indirect sunlight.
5. Calathea Medallion -calathea roseapicta
This calathea—distinguished by it's gorgeous leaves with a purple underside originates—from the tropical rainforests of South America and requires a little extra care. This plant is not drought resistant and does best with a regular watering schedule and medium to bright indirect sunlight.
All of the plants mentioned above can be available for home delivery from Bloomscape.com.
*While these plants may not be toxic to your pet, please dissuade your pet from chewing on them as they can still cause gastrointestinal upset.
For the ASPCA's complete list of plants that are toxic to pets click here.