Best Five Succulent Species Non-Toxic To Cats: Common & Scientific Names

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Haworthia (zebra plant) - Non-toxic to cats

Haworthia – Zebra Plant

Succulents Non-Toxic to Cats at a Glance

  • Sedum – Burro’s Tail, Horse’s Tail, Lamb’s Tail, Jelly Bean Plant
  • Beaucarnea – Elephant’s Foot, Ponytail Palm
  • Haworthia – Zebra Plant, Fairy Washboard, Star Cactus, White Ghost, Grey Ghost, Lime Green
  • Sempervivum – Live Forever, Hen and Chicks, Houseleek
  • Echeveria – Mexican Firecracker, Afterglow, Glaucous Echeveria, Mexican Hens, Topsy Turvy, Black Prince, Moulded Wax Agave, Blue Echeveria, Painted Lady, Copper Rose, Wax Rosette, Plush Plant, Mexican Rosette, Mexican Snowball

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With an increase in the popularity of succulents, we take a look at which ones are safe to have around cats and list the most popular plants within each species.

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Sedum

Burro's Tail non toxic to cats

Burro’s Tail – Image courtesy GoodnightNite, Flickr

Also known as stonecrop, Sedum contains 470 species and is found in the Northern Hemisphere, but extends into the southern hemisphere in Africa and South America. Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum) and Jelly Bean Plant (Sedum rubrotinctum) are popular members of the Sedum family grown indoors (or outside in warmer climates).

  • Scientific name: Sedum spp.
  • Common names: Horse’s Tail, Lamb’s Tail, Burro’s Tail, Jelly Bean Plant, Hardy Baby Tears

Beaucarnea

Ponytail Palm - Non-toxic to cats

Ponytail Palm – Image courtesy Robert, Flickr

A genus of flowering plants which are native to Mexico and Central America. The most well known of the Beaucarnea species is the unusual looking Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata).

  • Scientific name: Beaucarnea spp.
  • Common names: Elephant’s Foot, Ponytail Palm, Bottle Palm, Elephant-Foot Tree

Haworthia

A genus of small succulent plants native to southern Africa. A number of Haworthia species are popular in homes including the Zebra Plant (Haworthia fasciata), Star Cactus (Haworthia  retusa), Cooper’s Haworthia (Haworthia cooperi) and Fairy Washboard, File Leafed Haworthia (Haworthia limifolia).

Variegated Haworthia Limifolia

  • Scientific name: Haworthia spp.
  • Common names: Zebra Plant, Fairy Washboard, Star Cactus, White Ghost, Grey Ghost, Lime Green, Cooper’s Haworthia, File Leafed Haworthia

Sempervivum

A genus of 40 flowering plants which grow from Mexico to Iran and are commonly known as houseleeks which are low-growing succulents that form rosettes. Plants grow well in rockeries or pots and are easy to care for.

Houseleek - Non toxic to cats

Sempervivum – Image credit, Sleepychinchilla, Flickr

  • Scientific name: Sempervivum spp.
  • Common names: Live Forever, Hen and Chicks, Houseleek.

Aeonium

A genus of 35 subtropical species native to the Canary Islands, Morocco, Madeira and East Africa. These plants look great both in the garden (in warmer climates) or as indoor plants. They are easy to grow and propagate.

Tree Houseleek - Aeonium

  • Scientific name: Aeonium spp.
  • Common names: Black Rose, Blushing Beauty, Sunburst, Zwartkop, Tree Houseleek

Echeveria

Echeveria - Non-toxic to cats

Echeveria – Image courtesy Laura Shefler, Flickr

A large genus of plants native to semi-desert areas of Central America. The leaves are commonly blue/grey leaves and form in rosettes.

  • Scientific name: Echeveria spp.
  • Common names: Mexican Firecracker, Afterglow, Glaucous Echeveria, Mexican Hens, Topsy Turvy, Black Prince, Moulded Wax Agave, Blue Echeveria, Painted Lady, Copper Rose, Wax Rosette, Plush Plant, Maroon Chenille Plant, Mexican Rosettes, Mexican Snowball, Plush Plant