Did you know that flowers and plants can be dangerous to our beloved pets? Unfortunately, it’s the truth; there are some plants and flowers that are poisonous to our furry friends and even to humans! To get you on the right path we’ll start off with a list of pet-proof plants, followed by some flowers and plants that a pet-owner should definitely avoid. Pay attention now…
This small succulent is safe for both pets and children. ‘Lovingly neglect’ is the way to go for Haworthia; you should let them dry almost completely out between waterings for the best results. Please note: whatever you do, don’t confuse the Haworthia with Aloe Vera based on their looks. Read on and you will understand why.
Since a lot of colourful flowers are toxic to pets, the non-poisonous Phalaenopsis plant is here to add some colour to your room. They are available in purple, pink, peach, white and yellow. Perfect for pastel-lovers and for your pets, who won’t get sick after an accidental bite. You must agree; these plants look delicious.. uhm delightful!
This plant is a real eye-catcher because of its striking veins in different green hues. The Calathea has several dozen species, including the Calathea Orbifolia. Besides its non-toxic appearance, your four-legged companion will love this plant for its large leaves too. It creates the perfect place to hide from the sun.
In exchange for a bit of light and water, the Bromeliad will treat you to spectacular colours and a tropical appearance. As a houseplant, the Bromeliad stands for ‘protection’ – which is exactly what you are doing while buying this non-poisonous plant; protecting your furry friends.
Toxic flowers & plants
Every pet-owner should definitely avoid this flower (or plant), as they are extremely toxic. The stamens are particularly poisonous; consuming it will have terrible consequences. The same goes for Calla Lilies; also extremely toxic.
This delicate plant – a ball of colourful little flowers – is considered the predictor of spring. Your pet, on the other hand, will believe it’s the predictor of trouble. The Hydrangea is poisonous to both humans and animals because it contains cyanide. This makes the Hydrangea a devastating beauty.
The Aloe Vera is a tricky one. We all know that it contains a lot of healing components often used in creams and medicines. Nonetheless, the plant also contains poisonous substances, which will cause a laxative effect on your furry friend. For that reason: avoid, avoid, avoid!
Are you living the #urbanjungle life? Good for you, but not for your pet. In spite of its popularity, please try to avoid the Monstera as it can be dangerous to animals. You could – for example – replace the Monstera with a Calathea, which is pet-proof and a real eye-catcher as well!
Not sure if your favourite plant is also pet-friendly? Ask your local florist – these floral experts will guide you in finding pet-proof plants and flowers.