What Plants Can You Put in a Budgie Cage? (Best Options)

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The cage is one of the most important things you can purchase for your budgie because it’s their permanent home. Your caged bird will spend countless hours inside looking out through the bars. 

It’s therefore vital that you add a variety of accessories and plants in the cage to enhance it’s aesthetic and to keep the bird entertained.

But it’s important that you put a variety of suitable plants and other accessories in your budgie cage

So what plants can you put in a budgie cage?

budgie being calm and sitting quietly

Read on for a comprehensive guide on the best plants for the cage and which ones to avoid.

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Can You Put Plants in a Budgie Cage?

Yes, you can! There are a number of benefits of putting plants in a budgie cage including: 

  1. For one, it’s just nice for the budgies to have something new to look at and explore. Plants give them an opportunity to engage with their surroundings in a way that might not be possible with just toys and a perch.
  2. According to Dr. Ian Tizard from the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center- A & M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences “Parrots [1] are incredibly smart, and they get bored easily. Owners need to keep them amused or they can be quite messy, loud, and destructive”. 
  3. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, plants also help improve the air quality in your home by filtering out toxins. This is especially important if you’re a smoker or use cleaning products that contain toxins like benzene and formaldehyde (which you should probably stop using).
  4. Budgies like to chew on things, and if they don’t have any plants to chew on, they might eat their own feathers. [2] They really shouldn’t do that. If you put plants in their cage, they’ll have something to chew on besides their feathers.

You can put potted plants or any other succulent plants your budgie will love. You can also put fake plants such as aluminum plants that require less maintenance.

It’s worth noting that live plants work better for your bird since they look more natural than fake ones.

3 budgie sitting near together

However, real plants need more care and maintenance to thrive in the birdcage.

Another great option is to put plants that blossom beautiful flowers. The beautiful flowers not only make your bird happy but also improve your pet’s house curb appeal.

Not all plants are suitable for your budgie cage.  You should put safe plants that cannot harm your pet. It’s good to think about the types of plants since your budgie feed on them.

Toxic plants harm and kill your lovely bird. You should also never leave traces of pesticides or pesticide residues on the cage or plants for the safety of your budgie.

You need to be more careful about systematic pesticides that are mixed with the soil or water. They are dangerous since they usually take up the plant’s texture making the tropical plants toxic.

Before you buy all types of plants to put in a budgie cage, enquire to ensure that all the pesticides used on these plants are non-toxic.  

If you are not sure about the safety of the budgie plants, you should plant them away from your bird for a few months before transferring them to the budgie cage.

To ensure that your plants grow well, the soil needs to be well protected from damage by your bird.  Make sure the bird droppings don’t accumulate since they can adversely affect your plants.

Also Read: Can Budgies Eat Grapes?

What Plants Can Budgies Have in Their Cage?

a flock of bird budgie

When deciding on the native plants or favorite plants to put in your budgie cage, the most critical thing to think about is safety. You should only put bird-safe plants in the cage.

Since your budgie will feed on these plants, ensure you get plants that provide your bird with the best nutrients such as aromatic herbs.

You also need hardy plants to withstand impacts from the bird and other elements. If you opt for fake plants, make sure they are strong enough to avoid damage.

There are common plants you find in many birdcages, but you can also go overboard and get less common ones to make your birdcage more unique.

As you consider the plants to put in the birdcage,  account for the space available. Get plants that can fit well in your budgie cage. You should have the right number of plants for easy growth.

Real plants need enough warmth, water, and the right amount of nutrients for perfect growth.  Don’t overcrowd them to avoid unhealthy competition for these essential elements.

Here’s a quick video of the topic

Here is a list of the fake and real plants you can have in your budgie cage.

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10 List of Plants for Your Budgie Cage

1. African Violet

African violet is a small and safe plant for your budgie cage.

African violet

It produces beautiful flowers many times a year making it an ideal plant to add to your favorite pet cage.

2. Spider Plant

This is an exotic plant that is safe for your parrot.

Spider Plant

It is easy to grow in a hanging basket and also acts as a great attractive decoration in your home.

3. Pepperomia

Pepperomia is a magnificent plant to add to your bird’s cage.


They feature elegant foliage and can withstand different growing conditions making them a good investment for your budgie cage.

4. Real Bamboo

Real bamboo is a safe, robust, and versatile plant to put in your bird cage.

Real Bamboo

It grows quickly, is thick, and adds a lovely feature to your home.

5. Flame Nettle

Flame nettle is a great potted plant that works perfectly for your bird cage with its magnificent colors and patterned foliage.

Flame Nettle

It provides a great display when planted in a group.

6. Lady Palm

This is a small fan palm that performs well in a bird’s cage because of its tolerance to home growing conditions. Lady palm features several stems for your pet to rest on.

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7. White Poplar

White poplar features broad leaves and white twigs. It’s a great option for your budgie cage with its dense foliage and strong stems.

8. Wax Plant

These are perennial twining shrubs and vines featuring leathery flowers.

Wax Plant

They also produce long-lasting, star-shaped, stiff pink to white flowers that add to your home appeal.

9. Purple Passion

Purple Passion

Purple passion is safe for your bird cage.

The exotic plant feature serrated and dark green leaves fully covered in dense violet hair. It is easy to care making it a great addition to your home.

10. Ming Fern

Ming fern features fine foliage making it perfect for a cage. It is safe for your pet to eat the leaves and also the stem. 

Ming Fern

Ming fern is a hardy plant that you can also use for other decorative purposes.

Here are other plants you can have in your budgie cage.

  • Aloe
  • American or European Beech
  • Areca palm
  • Australian laurel
  • Autumn olive
  • Balsam,
  • Barberry
  • Bayberry
  • Begonias
  • Bird’s nest fern
  • Black, Norway, Red, or White Spruce
  • Bladdernut
  • Blueberry
  • Boston fern
  • Bottlebrush fern
  • Canary Island palm
  • Christmas cactus
  • Coffee tree
  • Comfrey
  • Common, European, or Red Elderberry
  • Coralberry
  • Corn plant
  • Cotoneaster firethorn
  • Crabapple
  • Creeping fig
  • Danish ivy
  • Devil’s ivy
  • Dogwood
  • Douglas,
  • Dragon tree
  • European fan palm
  • Fiddle leaf fig
  • Fig tree
  • Grapevine
  • Hawaiian Scheffler
  • Huckleberry
  • Indian laurel
  • Jade plant
  • Kangaroo vine
  • Lace fern
  • Lucky Bamboo
  • Maidenhair fern
  • Marigold
  • Mother fern
  • Nasturtium
  • Norfolk pine
  • Paradise palm
  • Parlor palm
  • Ponderosa
  • Prayer plant
  • Pyracantha
  • Raspberry
  • Rose
  • Rubber tree
  • Snowberry
  • Spruce,
  • Subalpine
  • Umbrella tree
  • Viburnum
  • Wandering Jew
  • White Fir
  • White poplar
  • Willow

60+ Plants That Are Harmful To Budgies

1. Blue Green Alga

Blue green alga is a toxic plant that can cause illness and eventual death to your budgie by getting into contact with it.

Blue Green Alga

It can also die when it drinks water contaminated with algae.

2. Calla Lily

This is a semi-evergreen perennial plant featuring tubular-shaped flowers.

Calla Lily

The blooms are green, yellow, pink, black, or orange. All its parts are toxic, so it’s unsuitable for the budgie cage.

3. Foxglove

This is another toxic plant for your parrot mostly grown as an ornamental plant because of its glowing glowers.  


All the parts of the plants are poisonous to be consumed by your pet.

4. Poinsettia


Poinsettia plant is also unsuitable for your bird cage because of its highly poisonous stem, leaves, and white sap.

5. Virginia Creeper

The plant features beautiful foliage and a woody stem.

Virginia Creeper

Its leaves and berries are poisonous making it unsuitable for a bird cage.

6. Pokeweed


All pokeweed parts including the stems, berries, leaves, and roots are poisonous to your budgie.

Other plants not good for budgies:

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Caphne
  • Coral Vine/Plant – seeds
  • Raw Cabbage
  • Croton
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Creeping Fig
  • Coffee Plants
  • Dog Wood
  • Delphinium
  • Daphne – berries
  • False Hellebore
  • Emerald Duke
  • Eucalyptus
  • Felt Plant
  • Four o’clock
  • Fiddleneck/Senecio
  • Flame Tree
  • Foxglove — leaves and seeds
  • Glory Bean
  • Ground Cherry
  • Gelsemium
  • Jerusalem Cherry – berries
  • Jimsonweed
  • Juniper
  • Lambkill
  • Larkspur
  • Lily
  • Lobelia
  • Locusts
  • Morning Glory
  • Mushrooms – SEVERAL varieties
  • Nectarine -pits, and seeds
  • Natal Cherry -berries and leaves
  • Needlepoint Ivy
  • Narcissus -bulbs
  • Nutmeg
  • Nettles
  • Nightshade – ALL varieties
  • Nux Vomica
  • Onion (Raw)
  • Peach – leaves, twigs, and pits
  • Pear — seeds
  • Peanuts -raw
  • Peony — flowers and leaves
  • Prune — branches
  • Red Maple
  • Trumpet Vine
  • Upas Tree
  • Red Maple
  • Verbana-leaves, and flower
  • Venus Flytrap
  • Virginia Creeper – sap
  • Wattle
  • White Cedar
  • Wax Plant (Hoya carnose)
  • Tobacco — leaves
  • Yam bean -roots
  • Thorn Apple
  • Yew
  • Yellow Jasmine

To understand more plants for your budgie cage watch this video.


How do you plant succulents in a bird cage?

Take a cutting of your plant.
Fill your pot with well-drained soil comprising three parts potting soil, two parts sand, and one part perlite.
Plant the tall succulent at the middle and smaller ones on the sides of the container.
Put the soil to cover your plants.
Put small pebbles on the top as mulch and make the cage look elegant.

How do you decorate a budgie cage?

person thinking

You can decorate your budgie cage using a small vase with small beautiful flowers, spray the cage using a metallic varnish, or add other beautiful accessories.


You now have an extensive answer to the question, “what plants can you put in a budgie cage”. As you can see the most important thing is to know the ones that are good for your budgie.

Choose plants that offer perfect foliage for your bird and require less care and maintenance.

What Kind of Plants Can You Place in a Budgie Cage

Have you found which plant is best to put on a budgie cage? Share with us down in the comments!


  • 1. Parrots as Pets. CVMBS News. Published March 3, 2016. Accessed March 25, 2022. https://vetmed.tamu.edu/news/pet-talk/parrots-as-pets/
  • 2. Harlander-Matauschek A, Feise U. Physical characteristics of feathers play a role in feather eating behavior. Poultry Science. 2009;88(9):1800-1804. doi:10.3382/ps.2008-00566
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