Vol. 2, No. 4 | April 2010




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Houseplants that Purify the Air

Houseplants that Purify the AirHouseplants are not only beautiful in the home, they also help cleanse the air, according to an ongoing two-year study by NASA and the Associa are not only beautiful in the home, they also help cleanse the air, according to an ongoing two-year study by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA). All of us face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. Driving in cars, flying in planes, engaging in recreational activities, and being exposed to environmental pollutants all pose varying degrees of risk. Some risks are simply unavoidable. But in our homes, we can take some steps to purify our air and improve respiratory health. A good first step can be to add some houseplants that help clean and purify the air.

In the research it was determined that some plants are better than others for purifying the air indoors. Here are 12 plants to consider to purify the air in your home. It is estimated that these houseplants can purify the interior of a typical house of 1,800 square feet. In our homes and in space, it looks like we can count on these houseplants to help remove harmful pollutants from the air we breathe. At the same time, they are some of the easiest plants to grow and most attractive to use for interior decorating.

  • Bamboo palm, Chamaedorea seifritzii
  • Chinese evergreen, Aglaonema modestum
  • English ivy
  • Fiscus, Benjamina
  • Gerbera daisy, Transvaal daisy
  • Dracaena 'Janet Craig'
  • Dracaena 'Marginata'
  • Corn cane, Dracaena massangeana
  • Mother-in-law's tongue, Sansevieria laurentii
  • Peace lily, Spathiphyllum 'Mauna Loa'
  • Pot mum, Chrysanthemum
  • Dracaena 'Warneckei'


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