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5+ Dog-Safe Plants to Fulfill Your Green Thumb

  • 06/04/2022

Though the list of “pawsitive” things about dogs is practically infinite, they are still endlessly curious, fully autonomous, and driven by smell. This means they’re bound to stick their nose — and even their tongue — somewhere it doesn’t belong.

This poses a significant problem when that “somewhere” is a toxic plant.

We don’t have to tell you about the benefits of having a good boy or girl in your family (we mean dogs here, but hopefully the kids aren’t too much trouble, either). But the physical and mental health benefits of plants also shouldn’t be overlooked.

Many of us love to grow our own herbs, have a plant or two near a sunny window, or even tend to a blooming backyard garden. Many dog owners like to keep all plants off-limits to their furry friend, just to be safe.

But you don’t have to swap out the ferns for fur completely. Just as some human foods are OK for dogs to ingest, there are dozens of animal-safe plants to keep in or around your home.

Follow along as we explore some of our favorite dog-safe plants, or jump down to the infographic to learn about the benefits of pets and plants as well as some safety tips.

Boston Fern

This small, leafy plant is as easy to care for as it is easy to look at. Boston ferns thrive best in indirect light and high humidity, making them a great addition to a bathroom. They’re also great for hanging planters if you’d like to keep them fully out of reach from curious canines.

Friendship Plant

As the name suggests, man’s best friend can be friendly with the friendship plant. This sweetly named piece of greenery with wrinkly leaves can start small in a terrarium or grow to a foot tall with indirect light and high humidity.

Ponytail Palm

This fun, wispy plant boasts a bedhead that rivals your pup’s after a good nap. Despite their wild appearance, these plants are low on the maintenance scale, requiring minimal hydration.

Swedish Ivy

In addition to its distinct (albeit delicate) leaves, the Swedish ivy brings with it a pleasant lavender fragrance. And rest assured — your furry friend can enjoy the smell, too.


Looking for some pops of color in your home? Contrary to popular belief, the beautiful orchid is safe to keep in a house with a dog.

In addition to this list, there are plenty of other plants that are safe around pets — just be sure to do your research ahead of time and steer clear of options that are definitely poisonous to cats and dogs. Of course, if it turns out your dog is allergic to any plant it ingests, be sure to call your vet right away.

For some more safety tips to keep your dog and your green thumb both satisfied, check out the infographic below, courtesy of our pet insurance friends at Lemonade.

Pet-Friendly Plants: How Pets and Plants Coexist

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