Gardening is peaceful, and in my opinion, highly rewarding. I rather enjoy spending some time in my garden, whether it’s weeding, planting, or harvesting. Gardening helps me to relax by allowing me to let go of my day to day stresses.
Being a dog owner, I want to make sure that I only use plants that are safe for dogs. If I do wind up growing something that is not safe for dogs, I want to know some basics about it to keep my dog safe. So, I made a list of 5 plants safe for dogs. And another list of 5 common plants not safe for dogs.
Common Plants Found In Stores
Let’s take a look at a few of the more common plants found at big stores. We’ll also dive into some great plants that are safe for dogs that you can plant in your garden or keep inside your home. I like to keep tropical plants in my house to help improve indoor air quality. And the aesthetic appeal of some cool looking plants is always a bonus, in my opinion.
But, before we dive into the safe plants, let’s take a brief look at some common toxic plants. I was actually quite surprised once I dove into the research. There are actually a large number of toxic plants that are readily available in stores. And there are zero warnings that these plants may cause harm to your furry loved ones. So, I took the liberty of detailing a few that you want to keep clear of your dog.
5 Toxic Plants Common At Stores
I went to many big box stores that are common here in Southern Ontario and took a good look at what kind of plants were readily accessible. There are actually quite a few plants that are toxic to dogs. I have compiled a bit of a list and added in my article about which plants dogs hate. There’s a link in the recommended reading at the end of this article. Here are 5 of the more common toxic plants found readily available in stores:
Begonias – NOT SAFE
These beautiful flowers are quite lovely, and toxic to dogs. I actually found these in corner stores aka convenience stores, groceries, hardware and even at a department store. They are very easy to find here in Ontario and are often used in hanging baskets. That being said, I actually have 2 hanging baskets in my back yard containing Begonias even though these are one of the plants toxic to dogs.
The flowers have a tendency to drop petals now and again so don’t keep these in an area where a dog can ingest them. My dog Kiki is a little vacuum cleaner, sucking up anything and everything to taste it, so if you have a silly dog like mine, you’ll have to be extra vigilant. So, unfortunately, they are not on our plants safe for dogs list.
Chinese Evergreen – NOT SAFE
Another common plant found in stores here is the Chinese Evergreen. Its scientific Latin name is Aglaonema commutatum. This plant is beautiful, relatively hardy and has cute little red berries. This plant is also toxic so keep poochy away from this one.
Dracaena – NOT SAFE
The tropical plant Dracaena is one of my favorite plants. These plants ooze tropical, don’t they? They are tough plants, easy to care for, and they look great. But, they are toxic to dogs. I’ve kept Dracaena for years and never had any issues with my dog eating the plants. They don’t tend to drop leaves very often, as long as you are watering them right, so aren’t as big of a threat as something like Begonias that drop flower petals.
I do recommend these plants as good starter tropicals to keep, just keep them out of reach of your pooch. Therefore, these do not make the plants safe for dogs list as they are on the plants toxic to dogs list.
Pothos – NOT SAFE
Devil’s Ivy pr Pothos, as it is sometimes called, is my go-to for a standard tropical house plant. These plants are ridiculously hardy. They can grow in a warm or cool house and even seem to do okay with minimal light. I’ve got one in my basement that gets zero natural light and is growing slowly, but growing none the less. I used to keep Chameleons, and this plant was one of the necessities to keep with one of the species I kept.
The Chameleon would eat the pothos leaves to obtain water. The plant isn’t toxic to all species, obviously, but it is to dogs so keep them away. I keep mine up on a shelf, out of the dogs reach. And I’ve never had any issues, but again caution is recommended. It’s too bad these plants aren’t on the plants safe for dogs list because I love pothos.
Snake Plant – NOT SAFE
The Snake Plant is another common go-to tropical. These plants are also quite hardy. I like the tropical look and the fact that they seldom drop leaves. They are a tough plant, which is good because it can be a repelling factor when it comes to dogs. This is good because these plants are toxic to dogs.
So, again I must state that you should use caution when keeping these near any dogs that might attempt chewing on the plant. Puppies, in particular, tend to chew on stuff more than adult dogs, but don’t put it past them to try a nibble. Use caution. Again, another that doesn’t make the plants safe for dogs list.
5 Plants Safe For Dogs Found At Stores
Enough about what isn’t good, I could go on all day about plants that are toxic to dogs. So, let’s jump into some plants that are safe, shall we?
As I journeyed through hardware stores, department stores, convenience stores and more, I did find some relatively common plants that are safe for dogs. Here’s a list of five which I’ve compiled.
African Violet – Non-Toxic
The African Violet is one of my favorite indoor tropical plants of all time. I love the soft, fuzzy leaves and the beautiful delicate flowers. These plants are best kept indoors if you live in a cooler climate and they don’t tolerate big changes in temperature. They like a decent amount of light and require regular watering, but overall are pretty easy to keep.
The fact that they are non-toxic to dogs is a huge bonus because they have the prettiest flowers. Therefore, African Violets are on the top of our plants safe for dogs list. Here’s a reputable source of the plants from Amazon:
Bamboo – Non-Toxic.
You know, bamboo may be non-toxic but, I wouldn’t use it as a bone or let my dog chew on it. It does, however, make our plants safe for dogs list. The fibrous nature of bamboo means that dogs could get slivers, cuts (it can be razor-sharp), or heaven forbid the dog swallows some and gets an intestinal blockage. Better to err on the side of caution and not let your dog chomp on bamboo, but it is non-toxic so having some growing isn’t a horrid idea.
Bamboo has a plethora of significantly useful qualities. It grows fast, so is a good candidate for use as a natural resource. Bamboo is surprisingly strong. It is often used in construction in Asia, from using to make scaffolding to use as a structural building material. Bamboo has been a necessity in Asian culture for many generations. And the plant looks kind of cool too in my opinion.
Boston Fern – Non-Toxic
This tropical fern-like higher humidity and filtered light. Keep it by a window in the bathroom and it’s happy as a pig in mud. This plant is great for the home, looks great and is non-toxic to both dogs and cats. This makes it an excellent choice but takes a bit more effort to keep if you live in a dry environment as it will need to be misted regularly if not in a humid environment.
I’m glad the Boston Fern is not one of the plants toxic to dogs. It definitely makes the plants safe for dogs list.
Christmas Cactus – Non-Toxic
The Christmas Cactus is a great way to add some color to your home. In the Northern Hemisphere, this plant tends to bloom around the Christmas holidays, hence it’s named. It is a hardy and easy to propagate the plant. Being a cactus, it doesn’t require much watering.
The plant also survives just fine in medium light, so keeping it indoors near a window will do nicely. The fact that it’s non-toxic to dogs is an added bonus. Especially if you have a dog like mine (I call her my furry vacuum cleaner).
Orchids – Non-Toxic
I love orchids. They are beautiful and to me, symbolize peace and tranquility. These plants can be a bit tough to keep, but once you get the hang of orchid care, they are quite rewarding to grow and keep. Orchids are also non-toxic to dogs, so I recommend giving them a go. It’s sometimes hard to find a nice flower that isn’t one of the plants toxic to dogs. I love Orchids because they add an elegant and beautiful look to any home or yard, as long as the conditions are right to keep them.
Let me know what you like to grow. Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear what is easy to find in your area and what you like to keep.
Recommended Further Reading About Dogs
- Can Dogs Eat Human Food? – Common Safe And Unsafe Foods
- Cardigan Welsh Corgi Dog Breed Information
- Pack Leader- How To Become The Pack Leader of Your Pack
Dog House DIY Articles:
- Dog House Size Charts – 440 breeds with recommended minimum sizes for your dog house including doorway size and floor space.
- Making a wood plank dog house – the video and article
- Wood plank dog house plans – free for you and all
- Wood Materials for building your dog house – Know which woods are bad for your dog and which are safe.
- Best Solutions For How To Insulate A Dog House Cheap
- Dog House Building Materials Basics
- Dog House Roof Guide – Roof Types, Roof Materials And More!
- The Best Dog House Solar Projects
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- The Best Dog House Heaters
And Dog House How-To Videos:
- 1st VIDEO – Dog House Reno – Episode 1 – Enter The Mobile Dog House – How to install a set of wheels on your dog house to make it mobile.
- 2nd VIDEO – Dog House Reno – Episode 2 – Insulating a Dog House – How to install a double layer of insulation and an all-weather carpet to make the dog house warm and cozy for your dog.
- 3rd VIDEO – Dog House Reno – Episode 3 – Making a Strip Curtain Dog House Door – How to make a double layer strip curtain for your dog house door and install it.
More Recommended Reading
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- Waterproofing Your Dog House
- A Perfect ‘Green’ Garden Dog House And Dog House Landscape
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- Wood Plank Style Free Dog House Plans
- Why Are Dogs Noses Wet?
- The Best Dogs To Keep Outdoors
- Annoying Things We Do that Really Grinds Our Dogs Gears!
- Dogs and Skunks – A Complete Guide
- Dog Communication: The Senses and Common Dog Behaviors
- Dog House Reno – Enter The Mobile Dog House