I've had one for several years. It goes dormant in the late fall because i stop watering it (for some reason i always get lazy with the watering at that time of year), but it always resprouts in the spring. They like to dry out between waterings and will not tolerate soil that is heavy or stays constantly moist.
|Just so you know - I'm putting you on "speed dial" along with Gail and Cindy come gardening season. I'm just getting into it since I've only had my house for 2 years and even though I've learned a lot - I know I'm gonna have questions. Are you a member on the Verdant forums too? I need to start frequenting that a lot more for all my questions as well.
Haha! Well, my "garden" is just a little apartment balcony, and i have a lot of houseplants in the living room where the light is good. I've never actually gardened in soil, only containers.
I went through an orchid phase but i have stopped aquiring them since they are a little too fussy about cool temps in the winter and i'm tired of lugging the orchid rack inside every time the night temps are going to dip below 50º. My new love is bromeliads! Hardy (uh, in Tampa hehe), colorful, prolific, and almost no work at all. I've never heard of the Verdant forums, i'll look them up. I've been a member at Gardenweb for a long time but i hate the format of the forums and it seems they are always very slow.
My cats are trained to leave the plants alone so i never really worry about toxicity. And it's useful if you can find a page that lists specifically how toxic the plants are. Many are on toxicity lists but don't produce life threatening reactions. And this particular plant is unlikely to be attractive to cats since the leaves are thick and rubbery - cats prefer soft grassy leaves usually. But you know your own cats and can make a judgement about how likely they are to go for it.