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Polka Dot Plants & Other Non-Toxic Houseplants to Grow at Home

by Shelly Martin 03/13/2023

Growing indoor plants can be incredibly rewarding and enhance the aesthetics of your home. However, it's important to know which plants are safe for every member of your household to be around. While many attractive and popular houseplants are toxic to pets and humans, there are plenty you can grow indoors safely, like polka dot plants. Here are three of the best pet-safe colorful houseplants:

Polka Dot Plant

Polka dot plants are small, bushy plants with vibrantly patterned leaves. They come in multiple color combinations including green and white, pink or rich red. These plants prefer higher humidity and warmer temperatures, as well as plenty of bright light to maintain their color. While they might resemble a speckled version of the toxic poinsettia, they are completely safe for both pets and humans.


There are over one thousand different species of peperomia, many of which make excellent houseplants. Not only are these plants pet-safe, they come in a wide array of colors and textures. Peperomia colors range from a wide range of greens to dark purples and silvers. Some varieties like the peperomia "rosso" have leaves with deep red undersides to contrast the green on top. Peperomia are generally easy to care for and completely pet and human safe.


Calatheas include members of the "prayer plant" family, named for their leaves curling up at night resembling hands in prayer. They come in many vibrant and distinctive color patterns, sporting leaves with combinations of green, pink, red, purple and silver. While some calatheas can be demanding about their moisture needs, this type of plant is easy to care for and happy at lower light levels. All calatheas are completely non-toxic, as well, so there's no risk to pets or curious children who might want to sneak a taste of a leaf.

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Shelly Martin

I am a full service REALTOR who uses the most current knowledge of the Livingston and Washtenaw County housing markets to help clients buy, sell, or rent homes in Brighton and its nearby areas. As a listing agent, I will you determine your home's value, advise you on how to prepare your home to sell, and then effectively market your home to ensure you get top dollar for your home's value in as little time as possible. As a buying agent, I help buyers navigate the steps to house buying, help connect them with the right mortgage lender for their individual needs, and listen carefully to their needs so I can find the perfect home and negotiate the best possible price. Call me today to see if this is the right time to buy or sell.