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.
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.
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.
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.