Growing Indoor House Plants That Purify The Air

Growing certain indoor house plants that purify air came as a surprise to me.   It does make sense when you come to think about it.  Trees do the same thing for the environment.   They say the jungle in South America near the Amazon are the lungs of the earth.

peacelily11Research from NASA (National Aeronautics & Space Admin.) found that certain house plants act as natural air filters to clean and purify air.   Toxic substances such as formaldehyde, benzene (cigarette smoke,) air mold spores, and allergens, that cause allergies and asthma, are prevalent in our homes.  These toxins can be greatly reduced by having certain air purifying plants in your surroundings.

If you have the space, there are several indoor palm plants that are at the top of the list for purifying air in your home or office.  However, if your space is limited, there are smaller plants like English Ivy and Boston Fern that are very effective for reducing air mold spores and formaldehyde.

Even the hardy Heart Phiodendrom and Peace Lily are on the chart for being air purifying house plants.  (I love a Peace Lily because if I neglect it, beautiful blooms still appear.)  The easy to grow Spider Plant is a dandy for reducing  Carbon Monoxide and Nitrogen Dioxide.

smplantchartHere is a chart suggesting which house plants purify the air.

If you’re interested in having one of these handy charts so you can refer back to it when you go shopping… simply fill in your information below and I’ll send you a download link.

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S.  Well, my favorite natural indoor plant purifier is the Boston Fern, and the Peace Lily… so I’m going to keep my eye open for a good deal.

3 responses to “Growing Indoor House Plants That Purify The Air”

  1. Brian bought 2 peace lilies for me for my birthday. I love that this is an added benefit! We read that tidbit of info on the tag, so it was actually a deciding factor…besides the fact that they are so beautiful.

  2. Rochelle,

    I love the peace lily also…it’s my favorite. I just received an e-mail from Rhonda who warned about the leaves. Apparently they are poison to cats who many chew the leaves. So, anyone who has a cat be aware that it causes kidney failure.

  3. Because of five cats, there are few opportunities for me to have plants in the house. If they aren’t chewing on the leaves, they are using the pot as a litter box :-). I love the peace lily the best, but as you say … it’s poison to cats.