Tag: Choosing the Right Indoor Plants

Choosing the Right Indoor Plants

 

Houseplants are unique components of interior decor; they are living, dynamic forms that provide colour and improve air quality by generally producing more oxygen than they consume. But they are more than just oxygen producers, the folks at NASA discovered that some of the plants we have been using as decoration absorb and clean the air of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds, such as benzene and formaldehyde), in addition to some synthetic compounds (such as trichloroethylene and xylene) typically found in homes. We convened our panel of experts who combed through NASA’s data to produce the following list of essential indoor plants.

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Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)

Absorbs: Benzene and Formaldehyde

Benefits: Treats burns and eczema

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Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

Absorbs: Formaldehyde

Benefits: Air purification capability increases with size

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Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

Absorbs: Formaldehyde

Benefits: Natural humidifier

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Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Absorbs: Formaldehyde

Benefits: Drought and shade tolerant

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Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)

Absorbs: Formaldehyde

Benefits: High oxygen production

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Devil’s Ivy / Money Plant (Epipremnum aureum)

Absorbs: Benzene, Formaldehyde, and Xylene

Benefits: Traditionally auspicious

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Florists’ Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

Absorbs: Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, Xylene, and Ammonia

Benefits: Easily accessible in a range of colours

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Gerbera / Barberton Daisy (Gerbera sp. / Gerbera jamesonii)

Absorbs: Benzene, Formaldehyde, and Trichloroethylene

Benefits: All-round air purifier

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Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)

Absorbs: Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, Xylene, and Ammonia

Benefits: Easy care

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Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Absorbs: Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, and Xylene

Benefits: Drought and shade resistant

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Article by Kevin Eichenberger

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