INFOGRAPHIC: Best Houseplants for Indoor Air Quality

Eager to invite a houseplant into your home? Choose from among our round-up of eight varieties that not only add beauty—according to us—but also eliminate airborne toxins—according to NASA!

By Marisa Villarreal | Updated Apr 28, 2014 6:16 PM

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Leave it to the good folks at NASA. In 1989, as part of the agency’s landmark Clean Air Study, researchers discovered that some plants do something extraordinary: They eliminate toxins from the air. Besides their decorative appeal and entertainment value—it’s fun to grow things!—these particular houseplants provide the added benefit of fresher air. Because there are so many air-purifying houseplants, we’ve narrowed it down for you. What follows are the details on eight of our favorite varieties. Each one is affordable, easy to find, and hardy enough to survive and thrive in virtually any home or office.

Air Purifying Indoor Plants

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