Before discussing the best plants for bearded dragons, let’s first examine why it’s important to include plants in your little guy or girl’s habitat to begin with! Imagine living in a single large room. The room has no color, besides neutral shades of brown, and contains very little furniture or much of any decoration whatsoever.
Every once in a while, (maybe daily if you’re one of the lucky ones…) you are allowed to emerge from the dull room and actually venture out into a more colorful and stimulating world. This is the highlight of your life.
Now, imagine that this is how your bearded dragon feels in their sad, boring enclosure. Pretty sad, right? And aside from feeling sad, when your bearded dragon dislikes their habitat it can actually lead to health problems! So, please don’t be that owner that sticks your beardie in an ugly habitat.
The great news is, there are tons of inexpensive plant options (both real and fake) that will not only add personality to your dragon’s home, but make them happy to live there as well! So, simply keep reading to discover the best plants for bearded dragons OR use the Quick Navigation Table below to be taken directly to the specific topic of your choosing.
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These plants will not only add some much-needed pizazz to your bearded dragon’s tank, but will also be safe should he or she get a case of the munchies or find themselves curious to incorporate new foods into their diet!
However, just make sure you watch your beardie’s stool as some of these plants can up their water intake and cause their stool to be runny, in which case, simply remove the plant and try a new one.
Tillandsia Ionantha are the perfect low maintenance type of plant to include because they stay relatively small (growing just 2 – 4 inches) and require very little water, just douse them every 2 weeks with a spray bottle.
Also, these plants are very easy to adhere to rocks, your dragon’s background, and virtually anything else. Also, these plants turn a pink red and even have purple blooms when they mature which adds a really pretty touch to your dragon’s habitat.
Herbs are great options for bearded dragon tanks because bearded dragons typically enjoy munching on them and they’re also easy to grow. However, many of the herbs will not do well in such high temperatures and as such, may need to be switched out occasionally.
You can keep your herb plants in a pot and switch them out every day or two to give your beardie some variety.
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. Aloe Vera is a cult favorite plant because it’s pretty easy to grow and keep alive.
The Callisia Repens is another low maintenance option that is extremely easy to grow and will create a fun new texture for your dragon to enjoy. The small heart shaped leaves will also take on a slight bright purple hue when placed under bright sunlight, or in this case, your dragon’s basking light.
Although Carex Buchananii requires you to trim it regularly as it grows quite large, this grass would be similar to that of a bearded dragon’s natural habitat and have them feeling right at home in their tank.
Succulents are a great option for your dragon’s cage as they will add a lot of style and be easy to care for. Just make sure you only buy nontoxic succulents as there are many that are not safe for dragon consumption.
And as with any succulent, make sure you monitor how much your bearded dragon is eating as too much can lead to diarrhea. Also, if you plan on planting your succulent, check out this awesome post about how to create soil substrate!
Jade plants will not only look nice and green but will also do well in a bearded dragon’s tank as they can tolerate really dry conditions.
However, I recommend planting them on the opposite end as the UVB light since such strong light could definitely kill the plant. In order to help this plant alive, I recommend planting it in soil however so it doesn’t die.
By far one of the most popular succulent plants, echeveria always looks great and poses virtually no threat in your dragon’s tank. These succulents will thrive with the bright light in your beardie’s home, but will likely not be too fond of the immense hear, so just keep them on the cool side to be extra careful.
In case you want to skip the risk of diarrhea and opt for a fake plant, here are some safe (yet still visually appealing!) alternatives for you and your dragon!
By far the best fake plants that I’ve ever come across are the Exo Terra Terrarium plants. These plants are really lifelike looking and will add instant style to any dragon’s tank.
There is quite the variety to choose from, including everything from a fern, to several types of cacti, to an orchid, and much more! Plus, these fake plants come in a variety of sizes as well, allowing you to pick the size that will best fit your dragon’s setup.
One final note, sometimes bearded dragons can mistake fake plants for real plants and actually eat them, which is definitely not good for their digestive system. Just make sure your dragon doesn’t actually eat these fake plants.
Another good fake plant for a bearded dragon cage is this vine from Fluker’s. Complete with suction cups and all, this vine will easily adhere to any glass terrarium, while creating a really cool look.
One final, great option is the bush plant from Zoo Med that actually provides great natural cover for your beardie. At 27 inches long, this plant would work best in a larger, adult dragon’s habitat.
This question is a little controversial, with some experts claiming that certain types of cacti do great in a bearded dragon habitat, while others argue that the risk of your dragon hurting his or herself on the spikes is far too great. My personal opinion on the matter?
There are many other varieties of safer plant options to satisfy my bearded dragon, there’s no need to risk an injury with a cactus.
Because many people are looking to include wood in their dragon’s habitat, I thought it would be important to include some safe options in this post.
However, if you are bringing a piece of wood from outside into your bearded dragon’s habitat, make sure you bake it at 320 degrees for at least 30 minutes to kill any parasites and insects. Also, make sure this piece of wood hasn’t been exposed to chemicals.
Some safe varieties of wood you can include in your dragon’s habitat are…
Unfortunately, pine is one of the handful of woods that is not safe for bearded dragons and is actually quite toxic for reptiles. Below are some other wood types to avoid…
No matter how safe you think any plant, succulent, or piece of wood may be… always watch your dragon and remain aware of how they are behaving, as well as the condition of their stool at all times.
Dragons can be curious and accidentally consume the wrong things, leading to diarrhea and even more serious issues as well. It is important that you keep an eye on them to ensure the need additions to their habitat are not doing more harm than good.
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