Air cleaning plants

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Here are a dozen house plants NASA recommends for indoor air purification:

1. peacelilyPeace lilies ranked highest at cleansing nearly all chemicals floating around in today’s home air. These were the most effective plants at removing benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and trichloroethylene from the atmosphere. Peace lilies are common in both homes and offices and perform well even in low-light conditions. They can be located several feet away from a window.

2. sanseveriaSanseveria, called snake plant, performed second highest, removing nearly all air contaminants. This was good news because they’re not only easy to grow but long-living, with plants commonly reaching ages of 25 to 40 years old. Being a succulent, they are tolerant of occasional neglect (That makes them perfect for me!).
3. arecaPalms including areca, lady and bamboo types. Avoid soggy soil, and watch for spider mites.





4. goldenpothosGolden pothos, also called devil’s ivy, is a rapid-growing vine useful for hanging baskets or anywhere trailing plants are needed.



5.dracaena Several types of dracaenas made the list, including marginata, Warnecki and Janet Craig types.



6. ivyEnglish ivy has a classic appearance. Occasionally washing the foliage will reduce its susceptibility to spider mites.




7. chrysanthemumChrysanthemums and gerbera daisies are effective purifiers, but they are difficult to maintain as house plants, other than enjoying them occasionally as blooming gift plants from the florist.


8. spiderplantSpider plant has long been recognized as an air cleanser.




9. aloeAloe Vera is also called medicine plant. It is a good air cleaner and good for first aid too.



10. ficusFicus, the weeping fig becomes tree-like as it grows.




11. Chinese Evergreenchinevergreen does well in low light.




12. philodendronPhilodendron air cleaners include both the vining heartleaf and selloum types.