Plants can do more for your home or office than just look beautiful. Of course, flowers will also send out a beautiful fragrance that smells good. Some plants, however, will actually remove toxins from the air, giving you and your family cleaner air to breathe.

The Studies

Several studies have been conducted to determine which air purifying plant is best to clean the air. They discovered that some plants can remove many volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The process is called phytoremediation, and it can help to remove benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and more. These chemicals are used in many household products and building materials and are often behind health problems such as asthma, nausea, cancer, and various respiratory illnesses. The plants absorb the gases through their leaves and roots.

The Plants

  • Chrysanthemums (“Mums”) – This plant is among the best for air purification, but it only does so when the flowers are present. It produces beautiful flowers, and it can purify the air of xylene, ammonia, benzene, and formaldehyde. It is toxic to animals.
  • English ivy – This ivy does well indoors, and different types have different lighting requirements. Needs lots of water when growing. It will help to remove carbon monoxide, trichloroethylene, benzene, formaldehyde, and more. It is toxic to humans and animals.
  • Spider plant – There are more than 200 species of this plant. It enjoys bright, indirect light and it is very easy to grow. It is helpful in removing formaldehyde and xylene. It is also non-toxic.
  • Areca Palms – These palm trees come from Madagascar and can be grown indoors. They do require lots of bright light and need to be watered regularly. It is non-toxic and will help to remove carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, trichloroethylene, and more. Indoors, they will grow to about six or seven feet.
  • Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) – This plant is smaller than some of the others, but it can still clean the air. The lily will flower during much of the summer. They enjoy shaded areas and moist soil. It helps remove trichloroethylene, ammonia, benzene, and formaldehyde. It is toxic to cats and dogs.
  • Bamboo, Lady or Reed Palms – These palms grow from about 3 feet up to 5.5 feet tall. It likes bright light, but not direct sunlight. The soil needs to be kept moist. It can remove benzene, carbon monoxide, chloroform, formaldehyde, and more.
  • Sansevieria (Snake Plant) – This plant produces long slender leaves that are nearly vertical. It is a survivor and can tolerate neglect. It needs indirect light and some water but prefers drier conditions. It can help remove formaldehyde, xylene, trichloroethylene, and benzene.
  • Golden pothos – This plant is also called devil’s ivy and it can get as large as eight feet. It is able to remove many toxins, including toluene, formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, carbon dioxide, and more. It is toxic to animals.

Brooklyn Plantology is the largest store in the New York City and tristate area, with 20,000 square feet of space. When you want to buy an air purifying plant, it is the place to go. Friendly staff will help you with your questions and needs.