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Pet-Friendly Flowers & Plants for Apartments

If you’re looking to add some greenery to your apartment, choosing the perfect plant can be harder than you’d think. That’s especially true for pet owners, since cats and dogs are notorious for chewing on houseplants while you’re not looking, and many plants are toxic to pets. Luckily, there are plenty of pet-friendly houseplants and flowers to choose from; you just have to know what to look for. These six plants are safe for dogs and cats and will add plenty of natural beauty to your luxury apartment.

Friendship Plant

So called because its cuttings grow roots quickly, making this plant a great gift for a friend, the friendship plant has velvety, quilted leaves with tons of visual appeal. This plant is also relatively easy to care for, requiring several hours of indirect sunlight a day and moderate temperatures. The only challenge this plant presents for residents of our luxury apartments in drier climates is that it prefers consistent humidity—a humidifier can help with this during dry months.

Lace Flower Vine

Lace flower vine is an easy-going houseplant that looks great in a hanging planter or overflowing along a windowsill or bookshelf. This plant likes bright light and will tolerate a little bit of neglect, which is perfect for beginners or folks who spend a lot of time out of their apartment.

Parlor Palm

For a taller plant option, a parlor palm makes a great pet-friendly addition to your apartment. This palm enjoys bright, indirect light and average humidity, though if you find the tips of the leaves browning, incorporating a humidifier may help the plant recover. This plant can grow up to around 6 feet tall indoors, so it is a great way to add visual interest and botanical vibes to a corner of your apartment.

Prayer Plant

A prayer plant is another easy houseplant for pet owners and features beautiful variegated leaves that add visual interest to your apartment. It tolerates a variety of light levels, preferring indirect light, and does best with soil that is kept moist consistently (without overwatering).

Spider Plant

The spider plant is a common go-to for beginners and it is mercifully non-toxic to pets as well! The curved, ribbon-like leaves of this houseplant look great in a hanging planter or spilling over a decorative pot on a table. It enjoys partial light and does not need frequent watering; once every 5 to 7 days—or however long it takes for the soil to fully dry between watering—should do the trick.

African Violet

The African violet is perhaps the most high-maintenance plant on this list, but careful gardeners can keep it thriving just fine in an apartment setting. Coming in a variety of colors, this flower makes a beautiful addition to your apartment as long as you give it plenty of indirect sunlight, consistent watering, and around 60% humidity (you may need to use a humidifier during drier months).

That’s it for our pet-friendly house plant recommendations! If you found this post useful or interesting, we encourage you to share it with your friends and colleagues! If you want to find your ideal home at one of our RPM communities across the US, check out our Communities page.