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15 Best Plants for Tortoise Habitats (With Pictures)

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Pet tortoises are popular pets and can live anywhere from 50-100 years if you properly take care of them. An incredibly important aspect of owning a pet tortoise is its diet. They need the appropriate amount of greens, as well as other nutrients for them to stay happy and healthy.

Providing an interesting and diverse range of greens can be difficult. One way to provide this need for your turtle is to grow the plants yourself! This can be a rewarding experience for you and your family as you take the time to grow the plants and have the bonus of seeing your tortoise enjoy your hard work. Of course, you’ll want to consult with your veterinarian before placing anything your tortoise might eat inside their tank to ensure it is safe. A safe and healthy green to some species of tortoise might be toxic to another.

See below for some great options to consider for your tortoise’s habitat!


The 15 Best Plants for Tortoise Habitats

1. Tropical Hibiscus

Tropical hibiscus plant with flower blooming
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These flowering shrubs are an excellent choice for a tortoise’s enclosure. Their flowers and leaves both provide nutrients to your tortoise and their shade can give your tortoise a nice place to lounge on a sunny day.

2. Aloe

aloe vera
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This succulent will enrich your tortoise’s environment as well as make it nice to look at. Tortoises can become dehydrated and this plant is dense with hydration. Your tortoise will eat an aloe leaf if it is cut and offered to them and they will appreciate and enjoy this juicy treat.

3. Geranium

Geranium plant outdoors
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This plant is a perennial, meaning they can live for three or more growing seasons so you will get a lot out of them. Tortoises can eat both the leaves and the flowers of this pretty plant.

4. Lemon Balm

lemon balm herb leaves
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These pleasant-smelling plants are full of vitamins that are beneficial to your tortoise. As a bonus, you can even steal a few leaves for yourself to cook with!

5. Plaintain

pots of August moon plaintain lily plants
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Plaintains can be great for both grazing and for your tortoises to hide underneath. Their large leaves are full of fiber and great for your tortoise’s digestive system.

6. Grapes

grapes in the tree
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The vines from the grape plant will provide shade to your tortoise as well as a delicious snack. Both the grapes and the leaves are a great addition to a tortoise’s diet.

7. Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus

Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus or tigertongue Cactus
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Like aloe, this is a great source of hydration for your tortoise. Be sure to use only the spineless variety, though, as the spines could injure your pet.

8. Bermuda grass

landscaped bermuda grass
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This grass is good for your animals, but be careful because it is invasive and can be difficult to control.

9. Dandelions

Dandelions in the grass
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This plant can be a valuable source of food for your tortoise all year long. Both the leaves and the flower of the dandelion can be consumed by your pet.

10. Osteospernum

an osteospernum flower
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The osteospernum is a beautiful addition to any enclosure. They last through summer and into autumn. Their flowers and leaves are both safe to consume.

11. Jade plants

succulent plant
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This plant will provide a place to hide for your tortoise as well as being edible. Consider adding this succulent to your tortoise’s enclosure.

12. Pansies

a beautiful pansy flower
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These flower in the autumn and winter and will add some color to your tortoise’s enclosure. Your turtle will enjoy munching on the leaves and flowers of this colorful plant.

13. Hebe

a beautiful hebe flower
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This plant will produce a lot of flowers and leaves if taken care of properly. It can be a great addition to a tortoise’s diet.

14. Nasturtium

nasturtium flowers
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These flower from summer into autumn and provide nutritious leaves and flowers for your tortoise to eat.

15. Clover

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This easy-to-grow plant will help make your tortoise’s enclosure easy to manage. They are high in protein and a great snack for your tortoise.


Be sure with whatever plant you choose for your tortoise that you take an all-natural, organic approach to growing them. Do not use pesticides or chemical fertilizers as these can harm your tortoise. Have fun in choosing a variety of colorful and vibrant green plants to spruce up your tortoise’s enclosure and provide important enrichment for them.

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