Prayer plants are among the most popular houseplants people opt for. However, for some reason, they have the reputation of being toxic to humans and pets.
So, in reality, are prayer plants toxic?
This article answers this question in detail to help you make an informed decision.
According to ASPCA, prayer plants aren’t at all toxic. It’s a common misconception that any houseplant with colorful leaves is poisonous, especially to pets.
However, this isn’t at all true in the case of prayer plants. In fact, no part of this plant is toxic or harmful to any organism.
Not at all.
Prayer plants aren’t toxic to humans in any way. Touching this plant won’t cause a rash or skin irritation.
In addition, sniffing or even eating prayer plants won’t cause any harm or allergic reactions to humans.
Prayer plants aren’t at all toxic to cats. Your pet won’t be harmed in any way if it ingests the leaves, stems, or roots of this plant.
However, we recommend that you keep the plant out of pets’ reach to avoid damaging the plant itself.
It’s a myth that colorful plants are toxic to dogs, and prayer plants are the proof.
Prayer plants are a mix of green, white, yellow, and red. Despite all these colors, the multi-patterned leaves of this houseplant aren’t at all toxic to dogs.
All varieties of prayer plants are bunny friendly. Therefore, don’t worry at all if you see your rabbit munching on a prayer plant.
That being said, you also want to keep your plant away from rabbits if you use chemical fertilizers. Such substances can harm rabbits, as well as other animals.
The scientific name for prayer plants is Maranta leuconeura. Moreover, the plant goes by several other names, such as:
- Rattlesnake plant
- Zebra plant
- Red-veined prayer
- Peacock plant
Fortunately, there’s a way to keep pets away from your prayer plant or any other species of houseplants.
Simply, spray your plant with a water-based solution of vinegar or lemon. The odor does magic in deterring their curious noses away. It’s a natural repellent for cats and dogs that would keep them from eating your plant.
Are prayer plants toxic?
Many pet owners fear having prayer-plants in their homes due to the myth that all colorful plants are toxic. However, prayer plants pose no problem to humans, cats, dogs, rabbits, or any other species.
All varieties are safe, so nothing can go wrong here. That said, we recommend that you still keep your plant away from pets as they may damage it severely.
Prayer plants are both pretty and safe. You can always enjoy this beauty without fearing for yourself or your furry friends.
Growing up with a mom who filled her home (inside and out) with all sorts of plants, Lisa got her start in gardening at a young age. Living now on her own with a home and yard full of plants (including an indoor greenhouse), she shares all the gardening tips she’s gained over the years.