Cat-friendly Low-light Houseplant Recommendations
July 16, 2010 1:35 PM Subscribe
Recommendations for houseplants that are both cat-friendly and thrive in low-light.
posted by saladin to home & garden (8 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend and I just moved in to a new apartment, and we'd like to try to add some houseplants to our rather sterile looking bedroom. Knowing nothing about houseplants, I turn to Metafilter for advice. I've read through previous houseplant posts, but I've not come across any suggestions that speak to our particular requirements.
The bedroom has two large, north-facing windows that recieve substantial indirect sunlight throughout the day. We're looking to put plants in three different areas of the bedroom: hanging directly between the two windows, on the floor between the two windows, and in a sealed, disused brick fireplace on the west wall of the bedroom approximate six to eight feet away from the windows.
- Not poisonous or dangerous to precocious (some would say brain-dead) cats
- Thrives in relatively low light (especially the plant for the fireplace)
- Not too big/won't get too big (especially the plant in the fireplace)
- Hardy (neither of us is particulary green of thumb, and there's a radiator located only a couple of feet away from where they'll be sitting)
- Nice looking
- Pleasant-but-not-overpowering smell
- Produces something edible/medicinal/useful
- Won't constantly drop leaves
We live in New York City, in case that changes anything (or in case you have a particular nursery recommendation, etc.). Thanks!