Top 30 Plants to Purify Your Home

There are many benefits to growing plants at home and the office. They can both relax you, and uplift your mood. Horticulture might seem like a mundane task for some people, but the little acts like watering or trimming the plant can have a very meditative effect. Not only that, but the presence of a plant in the room raises its humidity by 5-10%, which is especially useful in places where the air is dry.

There are many plant species that act as very effective botanical purification systems. The higher the transpiration rates, the higher the convection currents, the greater the pulling effect on airborne toxins. In the ’80s NASA discovered that some species of plants can eliminate up to 87% of toxins in the air, like formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, trichloroethylene, carbon monoxide, and even dust.

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These volatile organic contaminants (VOCs) can be set off in homes by paint, varnish, cleaning solutions, insulation, wood, furniture, carpeting and other products. NASA came to the conclusion that 15 to 18 mature, air-filtering plants in a house with an area of around 160 square meters could maintain the level of emissions that is in accordance with environmental standards. Since then, numerous other studies have been conducted, and these are the thirty species that have proven to be the most effective air filters:

 

–       Bamboo Palm (Chamadorea elegans or C. erumpens)

–       Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

–       Dwarf date palm (Phoenix roebelini)

–       English ivy (Hedera helix)

–       Florist’s mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

–       Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)

–       Kimberly queen fern (Nephrolepis obliterrata)

–       Rubber plant (Ficus elastic)

–       Areca palm (Dypsis lutescens)

–       Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans)

–       Janet Craig (Dracaena deremensisI)

–       Peace lily (Spathiphyllum varieties

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–       Schefflera (Brassaia actinophylla)

–       Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)

–       Dendrobium orchid (Dendrobium sp.)

–       Dumbcane (Dieffenbachia sp.)

–       Long leaf fig (Ficus binnendijkii)

–       King of Hearts (Homalomena wallisii)

–       Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)

–       Lily turk (Liriope muscari)

–       Spider Plant (Clopophytium comosum)

–       Philodendron (Philodendron sp.)

–       Dragon tree (Dracena marginata)

–       Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)

–       Flamingo lily (Anthurium andreanum)

–       Areca palm (Dypsis lutescens)

–       Azalea (Azalea sp.)

–       Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

–       Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

–       Cast iron plant (Aspidistra sp.)

 

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