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Houseplants - Homeowners - Laffey Real Estate

Adding plants to a room is a fantastic way to add color and express the decor scheme. They make a room feel more welcoming and can be a relatively low-maintenance focal point for any room. Our real estate agents appreciate it when they see that each decor element in a home has been chosen with care. If your family includes pets, you'll want to make sure that the plants you choose will be as kind to them as you are. Some plants can pose a serious risk to animals, and you'll want to be cautious when shopping at your local nursery. 

  • Consider The Lilies 
    Calla lilies are striking and graceful in appearance but can be toxic to animals and humans. These are normally grown outdoors, but you may receive an arrangement, including lilies. If you grow them outside, keep them well away from pets and children. If you receive a bouquet or wreath, including lilies, keep it out of reach until it's time to dispose of it.

    Peace lilies, also known as spath, aren't true lilies, but members of the Araceae family. They're easy to care for, and the dark leaves form a beautiful contrast with the pale spathe that surrounds the blossoms. But they conceal a toxin that causes pain when ingested. 

    If you'd like a plant with lovely blossoms, consider the African violet or withered snapdragon.
  • Don't Become Jaded
    The jade plant, known as crassula ovata, is popular among those who lack a green thumb. Its small, glossy leaves and delicate blossoms make it a great choice for homes without pets. In cats and dogs, however, the plant can cause digestive problems and an altered heart rate. 

    The prayer plant has beautiful leaves and is a safer alternative.

  • The Other Ivy League
    Several plants with the name of ivy, including English ivy and devil's ivy, are dangerous to your four-legged friends. Serious digestive problems can result if your dog eats ivy. If the outside of your home has climbing ivy that grows within your pet's reach, talk with a gardening expert about the best way to remove it. 

    For a plant with lush, spreading foliage, consider the hare fern.

  • Make No Aloe-ances
    Aloe vera is easy to care for and contains compounds that can soothe the skin. But buy the gel and keep it out of reach of your pet, as eating aloe can cause vomiting and abdominal pain. 

    The hawthoria plant is a safer succulent, and the striped leaves mean it will draw the right sort of attention in any room. 

If you have concerns about the safety of a plant you'd like to add to your home, consult the ASPCA's list of toxic and non-toxic plants. Looking to buy or sell a home? Contact us today. 

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