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Northwestern IL (Zone 5a)
Lurancy
Nov 17, 2017 8:54 PM CST
I'm pretty dim when it comes to plants. I'm doing good when I can say, "This is a rose, this is a cucumber, whoops, that might be poison ivy". Hilarious! I joined to ID a plant that we're babysitting. I haven't had houseplants in over twenty years due to allergies and some cats that were plant-chewers. Maybe soon I'll add some to the house once I learn which ones are which. The current cats and the dog aren't real interested in plants but I'm not into taking chances.

I'm ready to learn!
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Nov 17, 2017 8:57 PM CST
Warm welcome from the Pacific NW. I don't do well with house plants, but enjoy my outdoor gardens. You may want to check out the Houseplant forum if that is your interest. Or just poke around and see what catches your eye.
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Northwestern IL (Zone 5a)
Lurancy
Nov 18, 2017 12:51 AM CST
Hello Bonehead (good name heh). I'm working on getting a container garden going. I had a plot of vegs in the yard but summer storms and the resulting weeds killed mostly everything. The good part was the upsurge in the mantis population-- less bug damage.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Nov 18, 2017 8:52 AM CST

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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Nov 18, 2017 12:05 PM CST
Hi Lurancy, Welcome! from Florida too!

I've lived with dogs and cats in the family my entire life (almost 70 years) and yes, there are many plants that are both mildly and extremely toxic to animals and humans alike. It's a wise decision to be careful when growing plants indoors around children and animals; even if they don't have tendencies to "taste" the plants, you never know when it might happen. I think it's probably more prevalent with very young children, puppies and kittens who haven't yet gotten the lesson of "no" or "leave it alone". Green Grin!

There are many plants that are Non-toxic to dogs and cats; here are a few for consideration with the link to each plant in our database as well as the link to the ASPCA page for each plant:

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) (although non-toxic, cats are attracted by the dangly stems and some kitties will chew them!)
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care...

African Violets (Saintpaulia) (Enjoy a bright windowsill but no direct sun)
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care...

Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care...

Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia)
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care...


Although I know nothing about this group, when googling I found this page for the Veterinary Support Personel Network and a long list of supposedly Non-toxic plants: http://www.vspn.org/Library/mi...




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Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Nov 19, 2017 8:13 AM CST

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