We love our pets, and we love our plants. Unfortunately, sometimes they don’t love each other. Certain plants can be toxic to pets if ingested, leading to seizures, tremors, and other serious health issues. Even the most well-behaved animals are likely to nibble on nearby plants. 


Here are 10 pet-friendly desert plants: 

  • Creosote (Larrea tridentata)
  • Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)
  • Zebra Plant (Haworthia)
  • Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
  • Nasturtium  (Tropaeolum majus)
  • Petunia 
  • Spider Plant (Chlorophytum)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Texas Sage (Leucophylum)
  • Black Dalea (Dalea frutescens)
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri)
  • Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans)
  • Queen’s Wreath (Antigonon leptopus)
  • Chuparosa (Justicia californica)
  • San Marcos Hibiscus  (Gossypium harknessii)
  • Fairy Dusters (Calliandra)


Plants to Avoid or Take Extra Precaution: 

  • Sago palm (Cycas revoluta)
  • Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia)
  • Aloe vera
  • Red bird of paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)
  • Calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
  • Desert rose (Adenium obesum)
  • Pothos (Epipremnum )
  • Snake plant (Sansevieria )
  • Lantana (Lantana )
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander)
  • Texas mountain laurel (Dermatophyllum secundiflorum)
  • Firesticks (Euphorbia tirucalli)
  • Rubber tree (Ficus elastica)


Refer to this blog post as your guide when choosing plants that suit your lifestyle and ensure the safety of your pets!