If you love house plants but also have house cats, it's crucial to ensure that the former isn't toxic to the latter. The wandering jew -- formally known as Tradescantia fluminensis and also known as speedy Henry -- won't harm your feline friends.
While the wandering jew plant doesn't hurt kitties, Fido isn't so lucky. Direct contact with the plant can result in canine dermatitis, so keep this houseplant where a dog can't access it. While the dermatitis is usually mild, call your vet if your dog has a serious skin reaction after touching the plant.
An Easy-Care Plant
In addition to its non-toxicity, the wandering jew is an easy plant to care for, making it a fine houseplant for those whose thumbs aren't exactly green. It's also a handsome specimen, with striped leaves of green, purple, white and silver. Place your wandering jew where it receives moderate or bright light, with temperatures ranging between 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow the soil to dry completely between waterings, and fertilize it every two weeks. Since its vines grow quickly, wandering jews are often placed in hanging baskets.
Other Non-Toxic Houseplants
- African violets
- Ficus benjamina
- Miniature roses
- Rubber plant
- Spider plant
- True ferns, such as the maidenhair or Boston
- Variegated philodendron
- Venus fly trap
- Wax begonias
One non-toxic feline favorite is catnip. You can plant this indoors or out, but either way, it might be wise to limit Kitty's access. You don't want to overdo a good thing.