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5 alternatives to lilies for your Easter floral decorations

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With Easter coming in less than one week, many households are looking to spruce up their houses for their Easter celebrations. For many people, lilies make up a big part of their Easter traditions. However, lilies, such as Easter lilies, Japanese show lilies, tiger lilies, Asiatic lilies and day lilies can cause acute renal failure in cats. Peace lilies, Peruvian lilies and Calla lilies aren't "true" lilies, but may still be toxic.

If you want fresh flowers around your house for Easter, but you have cats, consider these alternatives instead. Your cat might still eat them, and he'll probably vomit after doing so. However, the vomiting is self-limited and it happens because he can't digest the plant material, and not because he's been poisoned.

If you have these in your garden, but they aren't ready yet, call around to local florists to find out what they have. You can still have gorgeous flowers in your house without worrying about your pet getting to them.

Easter Daisy
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Easter Daisy

Easter daisies, according to the ASPCA's database of toxic and non-toxic plants, aren't toxic to either dogs or cats, and so are safe to have in your home this Easter. Daisies are also a "happy" type flower; their simple look, white petals and colored center can brighten up any home. These flowers also work well in spring wreaths.

Moon Orchid
Moon Orchid James DeMers, public domain image

Moon Orchid

When you need a gorgeous white flower to brighten things up, try a moon orchid. These orchids are a beautiful white, and are non-toxic to cats and dogs. There are also rainbow orchids, which aren't actually rainbow-colored but do have a unique look, and may compliment your moon orchids and other flowers beautifully.

Rose
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Rose

You might associate roses more with Valentine's Day than with Easter. However, roses come in all kinds of gorgeous colors, and you can usually find them all year long. You can order, or make, a rose arrangement of pink, lavender and white roses, or yellow and white roses, or whatever roses you want that symbolize spring and go with Easter. These, also, are non-toxic to dogs and cats.

Common Snapdragon
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Common Snapdragon

Lots of people grow snapdragons in their gardens, and they're non-toxic for dogs and cats. If they're in your garden, they might not be ready for cutting until early summer. However, you can still call around to local florists to find them. These flowers are great cut flowers, they come in a huge variety of colors, and can last for up to a week in just a vase of water.

Blushing Bromeliad
Blushing Bromeliad C T Johansson (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3

Blushing Bromeliad

These aren't flowers, but they're unique and beautiful plants that make good gifts, regardless of whether your intended recipient has dogs or cats. Their green leaves and brightly colored centers are perfect for adding both greenery and lively color to any Easter celebration.

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