OrchidSaturday, January 10th was Houseplant Awareness Day. It seems a bit odd having a day dedicated to houseplants, but have you ever taken stock at the list of benefits plants add to our homes?

  • They're natural air purifiers – they remove toxins from the air including volatile organic compounds (VOC) such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene by converting VOCs into food for the plant. Plants can also reduce carbon dioxide by drawing CO2 from the air.
  • Plants can uplift your mood and make you calmer. Ever notice the tranquil plants in waiting rooms and spas?
  • They can improve your health and help you breathe easier by increasing oxygen levels in your living space and increasing humidity of the air around them.


For pet and plant lovers, it's important to understand which plants are safe for your four-legged family members. Some plants are toxic to dogs and cats and can cause issues from upset bellies to death.

PET FRIENDLY

NOT PET FRIENDLY

• Daisy
• Violet
• Geraniums
• Impatiens
• Jade
• Fern
• Orchids
• Spider plant 
• Aloe vera
• Azalea
• Chrysanthemums
• Ivy
• Hydrangea
• Lily
• Philodendron
• Poinsettia


While the 'pet friendly' list of suggested plants is non-toxic, do keep in mind that ingesting any kind of foreign matter may upset your pet's stomach. The best way to avoid any issues with plants is to place them in an area where your pets are unlikely to reach them. For information on toxic plants or to get immediate assistance if you suspect your pet may have eaten something poisonous, visit www.petpoisonhelpline.com.