After we established that having plants in your living space makes your home so much more beautiful, let’s have a look if your green beauties are also offering additional value to your overall well-being than just serving as eye candy.
As there have been many myths in the past regarding whether or not your green roommates are good for your health, we decided to let pure science speak for itself and by doing so put an end to all speculations for good.
No one less than the within scientific circles highly appraised American National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) came in a study with the title “Interior Landscape Plants For Indoor Air Pollution Abatement” conducted back in 1989, where they wanted to find out if indoor plants could help to clean the air in space stations, to the conclusion that indoor plants provide a natural way of removing toxic agents from the air.
And as we’re living in times where people do get more and more concerned about the air that we breath being polluted by all kind of toxins that actually shouldn’t be there, we were looking a bit deeper into the study so we can tell you which plants seem to be especially promising when it comes to creating a healthy home.
The following list showcases to superstars among the indoor plants when it comes to removing the most common toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air in our living and working spaces.
1. Gerbera Jamesonii
This flowering plant, indigenous to South Eastern Africa and commonly known as the Barberton daisy, the Transvaal daisy, and as Barbertonse madeliefie in Afrikaans, is a true hero when it comes to protecting you from the evil of polluted indoor air. With the highest amount of benzene and trichloroethylene removed of all tested plants and still a decent amount of formaldehyde breathed away, you can’t go wrong by adding this clean little fellow to your mix of indoor plants!
2. Chrysanthemum Morifolium
The Chrysanthemum morifolium, also known as florist’s daisy and hardy garden mum, has been around since 500 BC and is known as one of the oldest medical material in China. This wise and old plant just hardly missed the first place with the second highest amount of benzene, third highest amount of formaldehyde and still decent amounts of trichloroethylene removed it still deserves a place among the superheroes of air protection.
3. Chamaedorea Seifrizii
This palm, also known as Bamboo Palm, Reed Palm and Seifrizi, is another true hard working little fellow when it comes to filtering our polluted air. With the highest amount of formaldehyde removed, and still decent amounts of benzene and trichloroethylene, he might even have deserved to make it to the second place in our list.
4. Dracaena Deremensis
The Dracaena deremensis, also known as Janet Craig dracena, Striped dracaena, or just Janet Craig, is a flowering plant species that is native throughout tropical Africa, from Sudan south to Mozambique, west to Côte d’Ivoire and southwest to Angola. This tropical plant is another working-class hero as it managed to score a fifth place in the removal of formaldehyde, forth with trichloroethylene and fourth with benzene.
5. Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’
The Mauna Loa belongs to a genus of about 40 species of monocotyledonous flowering plants in the family Araceae, native to tropical regions of the Americas and southeastern Asia. This truly beautiful indoor plant with its big, shiny, dark green leaves is not only a sight for sore eyes but also charming to your lungs. With very good third places in the categories of benzene and trichloroethylene, and barely missing the top ten with formaldehyde, it surely deserves a place among the top five of air purifying plants.
6. Dracaena Marginata
Also known as Dracaena reflexa or dragon tree is native to Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, and other nearby islands of the Indian Ocean. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant and houseplant, valued for its richly colored, evergreen leaves, and thick, irregular stems. These plants are perfect for beginners because they are very easy to grow indoors. And with scoring a decent sixth place in the removal of benzene, a formidable second with trichloroethylene and still being in the top ten with formaldehyde you should seriously consider this dragon being in the team of your indoor plant pets!
7. Sansevieria Trifasciata
The Sansevieria trifasciata is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to tropical West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo. It is most commonly known as the snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, and viper’s bowstring hemp, among other names. This plant isn’t only the hipster under the indoor plants but also serious when it comes to protecting you from the usual suspects in the air that you breathe. With solid seventh places in the benzene and formaldehyde sections, and eight when it comes to trichloroethylene a spot in our list of the top air protecting indoor plants is well deserved.
We hope that our list will help you to make an informed decision when it comes to adding another green roommate to your collection of plants and also to silence colleagues, friends and family members when they label you being a crazy plant addict next time.