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By : Brendan Mitchell, 05-16-2017

House plants are awesome. They make your home look pretty, they can clean the air of nasty toxins, and even NASA recommends having them. However, there are hundreds of options, and picking hastily could be costly; there are many popular indoor plants that are dangerous to keep in a house with children or pets, not to mention the plants that require lots of care.

To save you some time, we did the research ourselves and put together this list of the ten best indoor plants for your home, especially if you have kids. We used the ASPCA’s free database of pet-friendly plants to verify which of the following are toxic to pets.


Peace LilySpathiphyllum Cochlearispatum; toxic to cats & dogs

If you think the Peace Lily sounds like a calming and easy plant to care for, you’re right. Peace lilies prefer only partial sunlight and don’t need much water - just a little bit once a week. They’re also highly recommended by NASA due to their ability to control the levels of formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide in the air.  Aesthetically, they’re graceful. They bloom in the early summer – a tall white flower that will droop to let you know when it’s thirsty.


Cast Iron PlantAspidistra Elatior

The cast iron plant is perfect if you have almost no time to care for another living thing in your life. Unlike your kids, the cast iron plant is extremely resilient and tolerant of neglect. It can survive under conditions that would make most plants wither and die, which makes it an ideal choice for anyone short on time. Keep it out of direct sunlight in a pot with good drainage.


Aloe PlantAloe Vera; toxic to cats & dogs.

Anyone who’s spent too long in the sun already knows the benefits of having easy access to aloe vera extract. It’s a common ingredient in consumer products, often marketed as a natural remedy for minor burns and sunburn. The aloe plant is also a popular indoor plant, and for good reason. It requires little maintenance when potted inside – ironically, it burns if exposed to too much sun – and too much water will cause the plant to shrivel.  The aloe plant is also a natural air purifier, helping to clear the air inside your home of certain pollutants.  Watch out for brown spots on the leaves that indicate there are too many pollutants in the air for the plant to handle.

Click here to learn how to extract your own aloe vera gel.


Snake Plant Sansaveria Trifasciata; toxic to cats & dogs

The snake plant has also been called the “mother-in-law’s tongue” plant, but don’t let that stop you from keeping this plant in your home.  The snake plant has stiff, sword-shaped leaves that grow up to 3 or 4 feet long, and is extremely easy to care for. They require very little water and sunlight, and while most plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen during the day, the snake plant does so at night, so it’s an excellent choice for the bedroom.


Christmas CactusSchlumbergera Bridgesii

Even before you know its name, you can tell this plant exudes positive energy. The Christmas cactus has bright green hanging branches (that can grow over 30 inches long), and pink petaled flowers. The cactus blooms around Christmas every year, hence its name. Aside from its visual appeal, the Christmas cactus is also relatively easy to care for; partial sunlight and weekly watering will do the trick. For optimum care, follow these instructions.


African VioletSaintpaulia spp. 

African Violets are another stunning houseplant; however, they require a little more care than some of the other plants on this list. For optimum blooms, they should be kept in partial sunlight for only 10 to 14 hours each day. The best way to achieve this without moving your plant every day is to keep it in a south or west-facing window during winter, and a north or east-facing window during summer. The pot soil should be consistently moist (but be careful not to over-water), and like a picky restaurant customer, they prefer room-temperature water. It’s also recommended to re-pot them every year. While it takes extra care, once you have a blooming pot of African violets in your window sill, you’ll know it was worth it.


Jade PlantCrassula Ovata; toxic to cats & dogs. 

The jade plant is another plant perfect for your windowsill, and while it’s easier to care for than an African violet, it’s not quite as nice to look at. The jade plant loves sunlight, doesn’t need much water, and can live for over 100 years. They are also considered to be a symbol of good luck.


Zebra PlantAphelanda Squarrosa

The Zebra plant is a striking choice for your home due to its prominent white veins and brightly colored flowers.  It requires similar care to the African violet – lukewarm water, moist soil and bright but indirect light for most of the day – and just like the violet, the beauty of this plant is worth the work.


Rubber Tree PlantFicus Elastica

Outside, the rubber tree has been known to grow over 50 feet tall with a trunk up to 2 meters wide. Don’t worry, though, you don’t need to worry about it overtaking your living room if you choose to install this plant in your home.  The rubber tree plant does grow easily though, which means it’s a popular choice for homeowners who don’t have much time to devote to their plants. Bright, yet indirect light is best, so keeping this plant near a window or glass door with a transparent curtain is best, while watering once a week will keep it alive. This plant also helps keep the air inside your home clean.

The baby rubber plant, Peperomia obtusifolia, also makes a great houseplant, but belongs to a different plant family with small, blunt leaves.


Spider PlantChlorophytum Comosum

The spider plant is another great air purifier, and its green foliage and small white flowers make it an aesthetically pleasing choice. It’s also hard to let this plant die, as they only require indirect sunlight and the occasional watering. Plus, if you like this plant so much that you want another one, all you have to do is cut off a “spider” frond and plant it in its own pot. Before long, you’ll have two pretty little spider plants that you keep forgetting to water.

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