Cat-Friendly Plants – The good news is you can have a green garden, beautiful flowers, and greenery and happy, healthy cats. There are many plants that can be enjoyed by you and your cat. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), has an excellent and extensive list of non-toxic plants to cats. It’s essential to check all scientific names (the latin names) as common names may vary from region to region.

Your cat is unique. Some cats will graze off houseplants daily and others never seem to notice them. Almost all plants can cause stomach turmoil such as vomiting or diarrhea in cats. It’s best to keep plants inaccessible but here’s a quick reference list of 100 plants that aren’t toxic to cats. Cats and dogs are different and it cannot be assumed that a nontoxic plant for a cat is also nontoxic for canines.

Here are 100 cat-friendly plants:

  • Bromeliad summer (Tillandsia summe)
  • Fishbone Cactus (Epiphyllum anguliger)
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus)
  • Roses (Rosa varieties)
  • Chinese Palm Plant (Trachycarpus fortunei)
  • Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica)
  • Majesty  palm (Ravenea rivularis)
  • Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
  • Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
  • Echeveria (Echeveria lilacina)
  • Impatiens (Impatiens varieties)
  • Bromeliad (Guzmania lingulata)
  • Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Hibiscus syriacus)
  • Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
  • Calathea Prayer Plant (Calathea orbifolia)
  • African Violet (Cape Marigold) (Saintpaulia spp)
  • Alyssum (Alyssum varieties) – Alyssum spp.
  • Amur Maple (Maple, Amur) – Acer ginnala
  • Arabian Gentian (Persian Violet, German Violet) –  Exacum affine
  • Autumn Olive (Silver Berry, Russian Olive)- Eleagnus spp. 
  • Baby Rubber Plant (Pepper Face, American Rubber Plant) –  Peperomia obtusifolia 
  • Baby’s Breath (Maidens Breath) – Gypsophila elegans 
  • Baby’s Tears (Polka Dot Plant, Measles Plant, Flamingo Plant, Freckle Face, Pink Splash)- Hypoestes phyllostachya 
  • Bachelors Buttons (Cornflower, Bluebottle) – Centaurea cyanus 
  • Bamboo (Golden Bamboo, Fishpole Bamboo) – Phyllostachys aurea
  • Bamboo Palm (Miniature Fish Tail Dwarf Palm, Parlor Palm, Good Luck Palm- Chamaedorea elegans 
  • Bamboo Vine (Blaspheme vine, Laurel-leaved Greenbrier) -Smilax laurifolia 
  • Banana (Plantain) – Musa acuminata 
  • Banana Squash – Cucurbita maxima var. banana 
  • Basil (Saint Joseph’s Wort, Thai Basil, Sweet Basil) –  Ocimum basilicum 
  • Beets (Beet Root, Red Beet, Swiss Chard, Roman Kale, Sugar Beet) – Beta vulgaris 
  • Begonia, Climbing / Rex Begonia (Cissus discolour) 
  • Begonia, Trailing (Trailing Watermelon Begonia) – Pellionia daveauana
  •  Belmore Sentry Palm (Curly Palm) / Howea belmoreana
  •  Blue Bead (Corn Lily) – Clintonia borealis 
  • Blue Daisy (Felicia, Blue Marguerite) –  Felicia amelloides 
  • Blue Echeveria (Maroon Chenille Plant, Painted Lady, Copper Rose, Wax Rosette, Plush Plant) 
  • Blue Eyed Daisy (Blue-eyed African Daisy) – Arctotis stoechadifolia 
  • Bluebottle (Cornflower, Bachelors Buttons) –  Centaurea cyanus 
  • Blunt Leaf Peperomia (Pepper Face, Baby Rubber Plant, American Rubber Plant) – Peperomia obtusifolia 
  • Brazilian Orchid (Sophronitis spp.)
  • Calathea (Calathea spp.)
  • Camellia / Common Camellia, Peony Camellia (Camellia japonica) 
  • Stevia (Sweetleaf, Sugar Leaf) – Stevia rebaudiana 
  • Strawberry (wild strawberry) – Fragaria spp. 
  • Canna Lily / Common Garden Canna (Canna generalis) 
  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
  • Cape Marigold / African Daisy  (Dimorphotheca pluvialis) 
  • Crepe Myrtle / Crape Myrtle  (Lagerstroemia indica)
  • Carrot Flower / Garden Carrot (Daucus carota var. Sativa)
  • Gerber Daisy / Transvaal Daisy, African Daisy, Veldt Daisy, Gerbera Daisy, Barberton Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
  • Leopard Lily (Lachenalia lilacina)
  • Zinnia (Zinnia species)
  • German Violet /Arabian gentian, Persian (Exacum affine)
  • Ivy Peperomia/Plantinum Peperomia, Silver leaf Peperomia, Ivy leaf Peperomia (Peperomia griseoargentea)
  • Chocolate Soldier / Lace-Flower Vine, Episcia (Episcia dianthiflora)
  • Golden Bells / Forsythia (Oleaceae)
  • Golden Butterfly Palm / Areca Palm, Cane Palm, Golden Feather Palm, Yellow Palm (Dypsis lutescens)
  • Painted Lady / Copper Rose (Echeveria multicaulis)
  • Pampas Grass  (Cortaderia selloana)
  • Orange Star (Guzmania lingulata minor)
  • Peperomia Hederifolia / Plantinum Peperomia, Silver Leaf Peperomia, Ivy Leaf Peperomia, Ivy Peperomia (Peperomia griseoargentea)
  • Petunia (Petunia species)
  • Pitaya / Queen of the Night, Night Blooming Cereus, Honolulu Queen (Hylocereus undatus)
  • Porcelain Flower / Hindu Rope Plant (Hoya carnosa ‘crinkle kurl’ )
  • Pot Marigold / Marigold, Mary Bud, Gold bloom (Calendula officinalis)
  • Purple Baby Tears / fairy elephant’s feet (Frithia pulchra)
  • Rosemary  (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Sage / Common Sage, Garden Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • Silver Star / Cape Marigold (Cryptanthus lacerdae)
  • Turban Squash (Cucurbita maxima cv turbaniformis)
  • Thea Japonica / Common Camellia, Peony Camellia (Camellia japonica)
  • Velvet Plant / Velvet Plant, Royal Velvet Plant, Purple Velvet Plant, Purple Passion Vine (Gynura aurantica)
  • Verona Fern / Bold Sword Fern, Nephrolepis Biserrata, Verona Lace Fern (Nephrolepis biserrata)
  • Watermelon Peperomia / Watermelon Begonia (Peperomia argyreia)
  • Wax Plant / Hindu Rope Plant, Porcelain Flower (Hoya carnosa ‘crinkle kurl’)
  • Wild Strawberry / Strawberry (Fragaria)
  • Jacob’s Ladder / Carrion Flower (Smilax herbacea)
  • Honey Plant (Hoya carnosa)
  • Jasmine ( Jasminium species)
  • Jungle Geranium (Ixora javanica)
  • Lace Orchid (Odontoglossum crispum)
  • Lagerstroemia Indica / Crepe/Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
  • Little Fantasy Peperomia /Green Ripple Peperomia, Emerald Ripple Peperomia (Peperomia caperata)
  • Madagascar Jasmine / Wax Flower, Bride’s Flower, Clustered Wax Flower (Stephanotis floribunda)
  • Maroon / Copper Rose (Echeveria multicaulis)
  • Musa Paradisiaca / Banana, Edible Banana, Plantain (Musa acuminata)
  • Japanese Aralia / Formosa rice tree, Glossy-leaved paper plant, Big-leaf paper plant (Fatsia japonica)
  • Jewel Orchid / Golden Lace Orchid (Haemaria discolor)
  • Lady Palm (Rhapis flabelliformus)
  • Magnolia Bush / Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)
  • Mother of Pearl / Ghost Plant (Secum weinbergii)
  • Nerve Plant / Jewel Plant, Silver Nerve, Mosaic Plant, Silver Threads (Fittonia verschaffeltii)
  • Pink Brocade (Episcia cultivar)
  • Pink Splash / Flamingo Plant, Polka Dot Plant, Measles Plant, Baby’s Tears, Freckle Face (Hypoestes phyllostachya)
  • Poison Ivy / poison oak, poison sumac (Toxicodendron species)
  • Purple Velvet Plant / Velvet Plant, Royal Velvet Plant, Purple Passion Vine (Gynura aurantica)
  • China Aster / Annual Aster, Aster Sinensis (Callistephus chinensis)
  • Fish Tail Fern  (Cyrtomium falcatum)
  • Flame of the Woods / Maui sunset (Ixora coccinea)

There are many more cat’s friendly plants – we advise you to investigate when you wish to get one.

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