Having plants in your home and garden is one of the best ways to bring life into the space and help make it a healthier environment. 

They purify the air and add beauty to any space.

They have also been shown to have a calming effect on those around them.

There are only a few downsides to plants in general.

One is how much work some of them need to keep them healthy and the other is how some of them are pretty toxic.

We have narrowed down the list for you and included only the toughest, non-toxic (to humans) plants for your home and garden.

Every plant here has passed the test of time as one of the best easy care plants and there is a reason so many of them have been in the industry forever.

Also, each one of them has specific adaptations that help them be so tough and we thought it would be cool to point them out. Enjoy!

Indoor Plants

Spider Plant

This is a plant that nearly everyone recognizes instantly.

Its arching leaves come in variegated and green forms and its little plantlets provide plenty of material for fun projects for kids to learn about how plants grow.

They have swollen roots that hold water to help them through busy times in your life and adapt to many different light levels.

Spider plants are considered non-toxic to both animals and humans.

Christmas or Easter Cacti

Old fashion favourites, Christmas () and Easter () cacti are very long-lived and tough succulents that have beautiful blooms.

Their flowers come in shades of red, pink, white, peach, and orange so finding one to match your home is easy to do.

These cacti are extremely tolerant of low light and you actually have to be careful not to sunburn them. Plants that become too dry may wilt but quickly perk up upon watering.

They can easily be propagated from stem cuttings and mature plants will sometimes even drop branches that already have roots starting on them.

Coleus Plants

Many people recognize these plants as outdoor plants but when kept indoors they can easily live for years and can take a lot of neglect.

They are the perfect plant for spots in your home that get less light as they are very tolerant of low-light conditions.

Coleus are also very easy to propagate so you can easily make more plants to give away or plant outside for the summer simply by sticking a few cuttings in a glass of water and forgetting about them.

Money Plant

Crassula ovata, or money plant as some people call them, is a long-lived plant that is very tolerant of low light.

They have fleshy stems and leaves to help them go weeks between watering and over time can be trained into very attractive tree forms.

Money plants are also not heavy feeders so they do not need to be repotted very often.

Rabbits Foot Fern

A fern? Tough? Yes, as long as your home is not extremely dry.

Keep this guy away from registers and fireplaces and it will grow beautifully for you with little water.

Rabbits foot ferns can survive more drought than most ferns because their leaves are slightly waxy and they have thick swollen stems called rhizomes that hold moisture for them.

Outdoor Plants


Another plant that most people recognize instantly, once established daylilies are super neglect and drought tolerant.

They thrive in most soil types and not only are they non-toxic but the flowers are actually edible.

These long-lived perennial plants will come back year after year getting more beautiful every season.

Daylillies have large swollen root systems called tubers that can hold water and nutrients over dry periods.

These flowers come in a huge variety of colors and sizes so find one that suits your fancy.

There are differences in the hardiness of some varieties so make sure your pick one that fits in your growing zone.


A self-seeding annual that never gets too weedy, nasturtiums are charming and are great for the pollinators.

Nasturtiums are very easy to grow from seed and come in many different leaf and color forms. Their leaves and flowers are edible and add a spicy zip to salad.

They come in bush, semi-vining, and climbing forms and are tolerant of shade and hot sun so you are sure to find one that fits your space well.


Hostas are a shade loving perennial and are a great way to make use of spots where nothing else will grow because there isn’t enough light.

Once established these plants do very well on rainfall alone because of their strong root system that holds water.

Although slightly toxic to cats and dogs, hosta plants are safe for humans. 

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