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7 Indoor Plants That Purify the Air Around You Naturally
Posted By Yuka Yoneda On March 18, 2012 @ 2:42 am In Air quality,Botanical,carousel showcase,Features,Gardening | 14 Comments
Orchids have a bad reputation as being finicky and difficult to grow, but really, the opposite is true . On our recent trip to Costa Farms, we learned that orchids actually love to be neglected and most people end up killing their orchids with kindness (too much water and sunlight). Aside from being easy to take care of, orchids rid the air of xylene , a pollutant found in many glues and paints so they make wonderful housewarming gifts for anyone who recently moved into or renovated a new space. Unlike some other plants, orchids also respire and give off oxygen at night – so they’re great for the bedroom.
The palm  family of plants, also known as Arecaceae or Palmae, is extremely popular and it’s easy to see why. These hardy houseplants are easy to grow and are a way to lift people’s spirits and distract from otherwise drab surroundings, and are also known to be natural air purifiers. Palms specifically target and remove formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide (which is especially helpful if someone in your household smokes cigarettes).
The peace lily, a.k.a. spathiphyllum is an ideal plant to have in your home if you love flowers but don’t want to buy bouquets that die after a few days. Spathiphyllum thrives in the shade in temperatures below 55 degrees and removes harmful toxins like acetone, ammonia, benzene, ethyl acetate, formaldehyde, methyl alcohol, trichloroethylene and xylene.
Ferns  have a reputation for being a bit mundane but most people don’t realize that they’re actually fascinating plants that have survived since Prehistoric times! They’re favored for their soft, feathery leaves and it’s those same large fronds that help rid the air of pollutants like toulene and xylene, which are found in many paints, nail polishes and glues.
Schefflera are easily recognizable because they have glossy, sturdy-looking oval leaves that almost look unreal because of their waxy shine. They’re really hardy and long-lasting so they make great investment plants as long as you keep the leaves dust-free and wipe them down once in a while. In addition to looking great, they’re also known to soak up nasty toxins like benzene, formaldehyde and toluene so, like palms, they’re good for households where there’s a smoker.
Anthuriums  make lovely gifts because of their exotic-looking blooms, but they ain’t just a pretty face! Their large, dark leaves suck up ammonia, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene, so they’re a thoughtful present for a workplace (especially around copiers, printers or adhesives).
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.
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URLs in this post:
 potted plants: http://www.costafarms.com/Public/PlantLibrary.aspx
 several studies: http://www.scribd.com/doc/1837156/NASA-Indoor-Plants
 certain plants can rid a room of up to 89%: http://www.o2foryou.org/Public/HowPlantsCleanTheAir.aspx
 VOCs: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html
 Dendrobium and Phaeleonopsis Orchids: http://www.costafarms.com/Public/PlantLibraryView.aspx?Id=26&Letter=D
 the opposite is true: http://www.orchidsareeasy.com/
 xylene: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylene
 Palms: http://www.costafarms.com/Public/PlantLibraryView.aspx?Id=141&Letter=P
 Peace Lilies: http://www.costafarms.com/Public/PlantLibraryView.aspx?Id=67&Letter=S
 Ferns : http://www.costafarms.com/Public/PlantLibrary.aspx?Search=fern
 Schefflera : http://www.costafarms.com/Public/PlantLibraryView.aspx?Id=272&Letter=B
 Anthuriums : http://www.costafarms.com/Public/PlantLibraryView.aspx?Id=4&Letter=A
 Song of India (a.k.a. Dracaena reflexa): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracaena_reflexa
 Pothos: http://www.costafarms.com/Public/PlantLibrary.aspx?Search=pothos
 Massangeana Cane: http://www.costafarms.com/Public/PlantLibrary.aspx?Search=Massangeana
 Philodendrons: http://www.costafarms.com/Public/PlantLibraryView.aspx?Id=99&Letter=P
 xylene: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylene#Applications
 How to Grow Fresh Air : http://www.amazon.com/How-Grow-Fresh-Air-Plants/dp/0140262431
 Jill Fehrenbacher: http://inhabitat.com/author/jill
 O2forYou: http://www.o2foryou.org/Public/CleanAirPlantGuide.aspx
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