10 Houseplants to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Improve your home’s indoor air quality—and your overall mood—with an easy-to-grow houseplant.

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  1. Bamboo Palm

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    Among houseplants that remove pollutants from a home's indoor air, the bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii) is a star. These palm trees have slender, cane-like stems and deep green, feathery leaves. They grow from ten inches to an average maximum height of about 15 feet.


  2. Dracaena


    Popular dracaena varieties for improving indoor air quality include Janet Craig (Dracaena deremensis), Warneck (Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckii'), Cornstalk (Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana'), and Red-Edged Dracaena (Dracaena marginata). Bushy, spiky-leaved dracaenas are very easy to care for, tolerating low humidity, infrequent watering, and low light.


  3. Philodendron


    Long popular as houseplants, several varieties of philodendron excel as air fresheners, including Heartleaf (Philodendron scandens 'oxycardium'), Elephant Ear (Philodendron domesticum), and Selloum (Philodendron selloum). Able to thrive even on minimal care, philodendrons have glossy, bright green foliage and can grow quite large.


  4. English Ivy


    A versatile houseplant, English Ivy (Hedera helix) grows well in pots or hanging baskets and can be trained to grow on a trellis or railing. While it can be an aggressive grower, regular pruning will keep the plant contained to virtually any size and shape.


  5. Spider Plant


    The Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is one of the easiest houseplants to grow and share, as the species regularly produces “baby spiders” at the end of long, wiry stems. Since they perform best in moderate sunlight and prefer humid environs, Spider Plants are recommended for bathrooms or kitchens.


  6. Peace Lily


    The Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum 'Mauna Loa') is well known for its positive effects on indoor air quality. Considered an easy-care and attractive houseplant, the Peace Lily, which tolerates low light and moderate to high humidity, is characterized by its thick, glossy leaves and dramatic white blooms.


  7. Weeping Figs


    Weeping Figs (Ficus benjamina) are some of the most common indoor trees, typically growing between four and six feet tall. It thrives in moderate to bright light and humidity, but be warned, the Weeping Fig doesn’t like to be moved around!


  8. Golden Pothos


    A climbing vine, Golden Pothos (Epipiremnum aureum) features lush, heart-shaped leaves and requires little care to flourish. Golden Pothos tolerates low light, low humidity, and low temperatures, making it one of the top-selling houseplants in the country.


  9. Snake Plant


    The Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata), or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria laurentii), is another hardy, easy-to-grow houseplant. It features vertical leaves with spiked tips, which have a deep, glossy green and yellow or white stripes. Snake Plants do best in low to moderate light and low to moderate humidity.


  10. Gerbera Daisy


    The large, vivid blooms and lush green leaves of Gerbera Daisies (Gerbera jamesonii) make them a very popular perennial that, with a little care, can be encouraged to bloom all year. Also known as African Daisies, these plants grow about a foot tall and are a popular choice for cut blossoms.


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