In our previous posts, we discussed the best cage for bearded dragons and what you need to make a perfect habitat for your beardie. In this post, we are going to discuss best plants for bearded dragon cage.
Decorating bearded dragon enclosure is one of the fun parts in keeping beardies as pets. The aim of decorating a bearded cage is to make it look appealing and attractive both for bearded dragons and as well as the human eye.
Along with other accessories, a bearded dragon must have a nice habitat with different vivarium plants which enable them to live in an atmosphere similar to their original habitat.
Customize your vivarium with barks, plants, and other products; it is with no doubt that adding various beautiful accessories enhances the overall appearance of your enclosure.
You usually have two options when choosing plants for your bearded dragon enclosure. one is live plants and the other is plastic plants. Lets discuss both options in detail.
Can You Keep Live Plants in a Bearded Dragon Cage?
In short: Yes, you can install live plants in your bearded dragon’s tank but not any plant. There are some that are perfectly safe for bearded dragons and then there are some that are toxic and need to be avoided at all costs. You cannot simply go to your local nursery and pick random plants.
Best Live Plants for Bearded Dragon Cage/Enclosure
1. Haworthia Plants
Naturally found in the arid regions of South Africa, haworthia plants are some of the most popular terrarium plants for bearded dragons.
There are dozens of species in this genus, most of them are hardy, easy to maintain and are completely safe to bearded dragons.
These plants are one of the most famous decorating items for bearded dragon habitat because of its small size.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is another very popular and great plant to decorate a bearded dragon cage with. This plant will make your beardie feel right at home. One of the reasons that make this a great bearded dragon cage plant is its low maintenance and care.
Another great option is the Aloe Vera plant, which looks great in your beardie’s cage and is pretty similar to the Tillandsia Ionantha in terms of upkeep and maintenance.
3. Echeveria (Echeveria spp.)
Echeveria plants are originally found in semi-desert areas of Central America, Mexico and northwestern South America.
Echeveria plants are harmless to bearded dragons and look awesome in a terrarium. This plant needs very little care and often thrive when planted in terrariums.
You will also find a number of artificial plants available for bearded dragon cages. But can we really use any artificial plants in our breaded dragon enclosure?
Can You Use Artificial Plants in Your Bearded Dragon’s Habitat?
Yes, plastic plants are perfectly safe for bearded dragons and you can use them in your bearded dragon habitat. Caring for live plants can be a bit difficult for many bearded dragon owners that’s why a lot of keepers prefer artificial plants.
Artificial plants provide obvious benefits over live plants in several ways:
- Safer than live plants
- They don’t require water
- They don’t need special lighting
- They don’t die or decay
- You can move them around as many times as you want
- Can be washed and cleaned easily if soiled
Plastic plants are safer than most of the live plants however you still need to look out for those cheap terrarium plants that might be contaminated with toxic chemicals.
If you are looking for something that both looks natural and needs no care and maintenance then plastic plants are for you.
Best Artificial Plants for Bearded Dragon enclosure/Vivarium
1. Fluker’s Repta Vines for Reptiles
Fluker’s repta vines for reptiles is natural looking and lifelike hanging vines made of non-toxic polyethylene material that is easy to clean and disinfect. It comes with suction cups to affix to the enclosure/tank. If you want something that is safe, more flexible and looks more natural, without having to worry about caring and watering live plants then this product is for you.
2. Reptile Plants Hanging Silk Terrarium by SLSON
This plant looks exactly the same as the one bearded dragons see in the wild. It not only makes your bearded dragon habitat look vibrant, but it will also make your beardie feel right at home. This plant is made of non-toxic polyethylene plastic and soft silk leaves that is perfectly safe for bearded dragons.
If you want to add live plants to your bearded dragon habitat then keep in mind that you cannot simply use any plant. There are a number of toxic plants that you need to avoid at all cost. Below is a list of some of the harmful plants that you need to avoid.
Poisonous Plants for Bearded Dragons
The following list of plants are known to be poisonous for many animals and its most likely a threat to your bearded dragon too.
Some people may argue that some of the plants in the list might be safer for bearded dragons but as no concrete data is available it’s better to avoid them just be on the safer side.
As per a study, some lizard species are able to detect potentially toxic plants and avoid eating them. But the study wasn’t done specifically on bearded dragons. Again, it’s better to avoid these plants.
- Acokanthera – Acokanthera spp.
- Amaryllis – Amaryllis spp.
- Angel’s Trumpet – Datura spp.,
- Apple – Malus spp.
- Avocado – Persea americana
- Azalea – Rhododendron canadenis
- Baneberry – Actaea spp.
- Belladonna – Atropa belladonna
- Bird of Paradise – Poinciana spp.
- Bitter Melon – Momordica charantia
- Bittersweet – Celastrus spp.
- Black Locust – Robinia pseudoacacia
- Boxwood – Boxus spp.
- Braken Fern – Pteridium aquilinum
- Buckthorn – Karwinskia spp.
- Burdock – Arctium spp.
- Buttercup – Ranunculus spp.
- Caladium – Caladium spp.
- Calla Lily – Zantedeschia aethiopica
- Catclaw Acacia – Acacia greggii
- Castor Bean – Ricinus communis
- Cherry – Prunus spp.
- Chinaberry – Melia azadarach
- Clematis – Clematis spp.
- Coral Plant – Jatropha mutifida
- Crocus – Cholochicum autumnale
- Cycad– Cycas revoluta
- Daffodil – Narcissus tazetta
- Daphne – Daphne mezerum
- Death Camas – Zigadenus spp.
- Delphinium – Delphinium spp.
- Devil’s Ivy – Epipremnum aureum
- Dieffenbachia – Dieffenbachia spp.
- Eggplant – Solonum melongena
- Elderberry – Sambucus mexicana
- English Ivy – Hedera spp.
- Euonymus – Euonymus spp.
- Pennyroyal – Mentha pulegium
- Four o’clock – Mirabilis jalapa
- Heliotrope – Heliotropium spp.
- Henbane – Hyoscyamus niger
- Holly – Ilex spp.
- Horse Chestnut – Aesculus spp.
- Horse Nettle – Solanum carolinense
- Hyacinth – Hyacinthus orientalis
- Hydrangea – Hydrangea spp.
- Iris – Iris spp.
- Jack-in-the-Pulpit – Arisaema spp.
- Jerusalem Cherry – Solanum spp.
- Jonquil – Narcissus jonquilla
- Juniper – Juniperus spp.
- Lantana – Lantana camara
- Larkspur – Delphinium spp.
- Laurel – Kalmia spp.
- Lily-of-the-Valley – Convalleria majalis
- Lobelia – Lobelia spp.
- Locoweed – Astragalus spp. and
- Lupine – Lupinus spp.
- Marijuana – Cannabis spp.
- Milkweed – Asclepias spp.
- Mistletoe – Phoradendron villosum
- Mock Orange – Philadelphus spp.
- Moonseed – Menispermum canadense
- Monkshood – Aconitum spp.
- Morning Glory – Ipomoea violacea
- Narcissus – Narcissus spp.
- Oleander – Nerium oleander
- Oxytopis — Oxytopis spp.
- Peach – Prunus persica
- Peony – Paeonia officinalis
- Periwinkle – Vinca spp.
- Peyote – Lophophora williamsii
- Philodendron – Philodendron spp.
- Plum – Prunus spp.
- Poison Hemlock – Conium maculatum
- Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac – Toxicodendron spp.
- Poinsettia – Euphorbia pulcherrima
- Poppy – Papaver spp.
- Pokeweed – Phytolacca americana
- Potato – Solanum tuberosum
- Pothos – Eprimemnum aureum
- Primrose – Prmula spp.
- Privet – Ligustrum vulgare
- Ragwort – Senecio spp.
- Rhododendron – Rhododendron spp.
- Rhubarb – Rheum rhabarbarum
- Rosary Pea – Abrus precatorius
- Sage – Salvia officinalis
- Shamrock Plant – Medicago lupulina
- Skunk Cabbage – Symplocarpus foetidus
- Snowdrop – Galanthus nivalis
- Sorrel – Rumex spp.
- Spurges – Euphorbia spp.
- Star of Bethlehem – Ornithogalum umbellatum
- Sweet Pea – Lathyrus odoratus
- Taro – Colocasia spp.
- Tobacco Plant – Nicotiania spp.
- Tomato Plant – Lycopersicon esculentum
- Tulip – Tulipa spp.
- Virginia Creeper – Panthenocissus quinquefolia
- Vetches – Vicia spp.
- Water Hemlock – Cicuta spp.
- Waxberry – Symphoricarpos albus
- Wisteria – Wisteria spp.
- Wood Sorrel — Oxalis spp.
- Yew – Taxus spp.
There a number of live plants that are safer for bearded dragons but live plants require care and maintenance. If you want something that looks natural, safe for your beardie and needs no special care then plastic plants would be a best option for you.