Baby-Safe and Apartment-Hardy Plants

Is your houseplant a hazard to your curious child? Here's a list of the most kid-safe houseplants.
African Violet Vermont

It's kind of a tall order to find plants that are kid-friendly and able to thrive in even a typical city apartment. But we do have a few thoughts. (FYI, we've used our editorial license to go right ahead and eliminate those plants that are particularly attractive to mealy bugs since you have bigger bugs and mice to worry about.)

  • African and flame violet (not good for cold climates)
  • Aglaonema (Chinese evergreen)
  • Begonias
  • Cast-iron plant
  • Coleus (does need enough light)
  • Corn plant
  • Geranium
  • Pothos
  • Snake plants
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Spider plants
  • Wandering Jew
  • Yucca (needs high light intensities)

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