Plants that Promote Clean Air

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has done studies indicating that indoor air pollution is a more consistent threat to your health than outdoor pollution. This pollution comes primarily from the volatile organic chemicals (VOC), like formaldehyde, that are present in new building materials such as carpeting, paneling, cabinets, fabrics, etc. This pollution can be reduced with proper air filtration by an electronic air filter, by certain plants, or both.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has spent two decades doing research to find out which plants could remove toxic chemicals from the air for use in space stations. The following five plants have been found to be particularly effective at clearing the air of formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.


Plants Effective at Clearing the Air of Volatile Organic Chemicals:

  • Mass cane (Dracaena massangeana)
  • Pot mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
  • Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
  • Warnecki (Dracaena deremensis “Warneckei”)
  • Ficus (Ficus benjamina)

Other Plants that are Effective at General Air Purification:

  • English ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Marginata (Dracaena marginata)
  • Mother-in-laws tongue (Sansevieria laurentii)
  • Peace lily (Spathiphyllum “Mauna Loa”)
  • Chinese evergreen (Algona “silver queen”)
  • Banana (Musa oriana)
  • Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizzi)
  • Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium)
  • Green spider plant (Chlorophytum elatum)
  • Janet Craig (Dracaena deremensis)