Yuka Yoneda

7 Indoor Plants That Purify the Air Around You Naturally

by , 03/18/12

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Song of India (a.k.a. Dracaena reflexa)

As versatile as its name is poetic, dracaena reflexa or ‘Song of India’ is easy to identify because of its telltale green, lime and yellow leaves. These plants are easy to grow in both high and low light and absorb undesirables like formaldehyde, toluene, xylene.

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Pothos

Pothos is characterized by its golden heart-shaped leaves and is extremely popular in North America. It’s a hardy plant that can survive in lower light and colder temps and is great for offices and homes since it rids the air of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.

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Massangeana Cane

The Massangeana plant may be hard to pronounce but it’s easy to love. Native to Africa, it has a wild look that makes it ideal for decorating your home and it also sucks formaldehyde from the air.

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Philodendrons

Philodendrons are easy to care for houseplants that need very little attention. Their unique coloring makes them an attractive addition to your home and they’re known to ride the air of xylene, a toxin that’s found in many glues and leathers.

Eager to learn even more about how to clean the air inside your home with plants? How to Grow Fresh Air is a wonderful resource with many more types of air-purifying foliage and comes highly recommended by Inhabitat’s editor-in-chief Jill Fehrenbacher. You can also visit Costa Farms’ helpful O2forYou website for more information.

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14 Comments

  1. jorgeroger July 17, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Hey can you suggest something colorful, I want to decorate my house and surprise my wife, if you could help me out thank you.

  2. Rachana Bhargaw May 9, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    tulsi
    (indian) is the most powerful antitoxic n it emmits O3 at sunrise!!
    it deservers a place (1st place) in the list.

  3. Matthew Corran April 28, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    By chance, does anyone know of a place online where I could purchase any of these plants? Bizarre question, I know; however I live in a very rural area of the country.

  4. vivegha August 24, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    i have a doubt that these indoor planatations will emit Co2 in nights and it may harmful to our health

  5. greg ory allen loftus August 8, 2013 at 1:44 am

    cool what about s[pider planyts I have a house full of these?

  6. Lisa Eldred Steinkopf August 7, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    This is a great article, but using a picture of a silk anthurium was really in poor taste. We are talking about living plants taking the harmful VOC’s out of the air, so let’s use pictures of REAL plants.

  7. chandu July 29, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Good article

  8. cj.wijtmans@gmail.com June 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

    how to keep plants without fertilizer?

  9. ijoasri October 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

    thank your for this information

  10. suparnaa August 15, 2012 at 8:18 am

    It will be very useful ,if some knowledgeable person puts tips for regular maintenance of these plants.

  11. annatom June 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    wonderful!!!

  12. Melissa M. March 23, 2012 at 9:06 am

    @caeman – Most plants are toxic and can cause a reactions ranging from mild all the way to death. Pet owners need to be aware that the best place for a plant is where the animal can’t get to it. So where do I have my gazillion plants? I place them on stereo speakers, high plant shelves where there is no room for the cat to jump and furnishings in the house like small side tables and the top of hutches. Cat safe plants are catnip and grass grown especially for cats.

  13. Yuka Yoneda Yuka Yoneda March 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Hi caeman. I actually don’t know off the top of my head but let me find out for you.

  14. caeman March 13, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Which of these plants are cat-safe?

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