By Jennifer Copley (Last Updated 2 January 2015)
The following lists of nontoxic plants are derived from The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Cat Care by Wendy Christensen et al.
Safe Plants and Flowers
The following is a list of plants considered to be nontoxic:
- African Violet
- Bachelor’s Button
- Cat Grass (often oat or wheat grass)
- Radiator Plant
- Rose (miniature and full size)
- Shasta Daisy
- Spider Plant
- Squash/ pumpkin
- Sweet William
- Sword Fern
- Venus Flytrap
The following herbs are listed as safe for cats by the Humane Society and so should be fine in a pet-friendly garden; however, if you plan to use them medicinally or add them to a pet’s food as a dietary supplement, consult a veterinarian first:
- Bee balm
- Cat Thyme
- Coriander (Cilantro)
- Echinacea Purpurea (Coneflower)
- Lemon Balm
- Lemon Verbena
Please note that not all herbs are safe for pets, and some essential oils made from herbs are quite toxic.
For information about some of the most dangerous plants for pets, see the Toxic Plants page.
The lists on this page cover some of the more common safe plants. For an exhaustive list that includes hundreds of plants, see the ASPCA’s Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants Lists.