Sometimes when visiting other people’s homes, I get a thing that I call (plant envy). There is just something so relaxing about seeing these lush, green trees and flowers sitting by the window or in the garden that makes me want to get in on the plant action.
Unfortunately, us pet owners have to be VERY careful when selecting plants for our homes and backyards. One mistake with a peace lily, and we could lose our little best friends to what we initially thought would help them breathe better. I went ahead and did some research and have found some beautiful plants that help clean your air while keeping your fur babies safe. Please take special care to make sure you are getting the correct plants by closely examining the names!
1.SPIDER PLANT (CHLOROPHYTUM COMOSUM)
This elegant plant with long flowing leaves has been found to do great things for the air in your home while being pet-friendly. It filters out formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from your indoor air and is known to be one of the most effective air cleaners (according to NASA). What I really like about the spider plant is that it is resilient to people with poor gardening skills (like me) and it can be easily grown indoors. In fact, I have one on my bookshelf right next to me!
2.ARECA PALM (DYPSIS LUTESCENS)
The Areca Palm is, as you guessed, a species of palm tree. It is characterized by its green leaves and yellow stems. It has actually been given the name “Golden Cane” because of its stem.
3.MOTH ORCHIDS (PHALAENOPSIS SPP.)
Personally, I am such a huge believer in orchids. They are one of the few flowering plants that actually don’t harm your cats if ingested. I can leave my home confident my for baby is safe even if she decides to chomp on my beautiful flower.
4.BANANA (MUSA ORIANA)
The Areca Palm is, as you guessed, a species of palm tree. It is characterized by its green leaves and yellow stems. It has actually been given the name (Golden Cane) because of its stem.
5.KIMBERLY FERN QUEEN (NEPHROLEPIS OBLITERATA)
This plant is just so classy looking and can be placed either inside to vamp up a lifeless room or outside on your front porch to welcome guests.
6.LILYTURF (LIRIOPE SPICATA)
A garden just does not seem complete without some beautiful flowers to add a pop of color to the scenery.
7.BAMBOO PALM (CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRIZII)
If you are one of those people who are absolutely terrible with caring for plants, this is definitely one of the easier plants to maintain. Out of all my plants that I have attempted to care for, this one has lasted the longest.
8.BROADLEAF LADY PALM (RHAPIS EXCELSA)
I love the clean look of this palm. Be warned though, palms can easily become invested with pests so make sure to keep an eye out!
9.BARBERTON DAISY (GERBERA JAMESONII)
Isn’t this flower just too precious looking?
10.DENDROBIUM ORCHIDS (DENDROBIUM SPP.)