Air Purifying Plants: 10 Best Indoor Plants for Air Purification

Best Air Purifying Plants

Pot Mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

This indoor air purifying plant is ranked among the top plants for air purification. In the NASA research, this plant is shown to remove common toxins like ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from indoor air.

Air Purifying Pot Mum PlantAir Purifying Pot Mum Plant

Garden Mum or Pot Mum is quite inexpensive and easily available. The flower blooms for about six weeks, and you can then plant it outside because without flower the air purification won’t be effective.

Plant Care: Keep the soil moisture damp, requires some sunlight.

Pollutants Removed: ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene

Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

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Also known as devil’s ivy, looks like money plant, it reduces harmful gases from the indoor air. It is also considered auspicious or good luck plant and is great for gifting. It can grow up to 8 feet long and you can trim it as per your requirement. The plant is believed to bring good fortune when kept in Southeast direction.

Plant Care: Water when the soil is dry. Water twice a week, don’t use any inorganic fertilizer. Keep it away from direct sunlight.

Pollutants Removed: Formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, carbon monoxide, and more.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Air Purifying Spider PlantAir Purifying Spider Plant

Spider plants require very little care and are ideal indoor plants for beginners. Spider plants can grow very quickly and look great in hanging baskets. Known for their air purifying ability, some spider plants may even produce small white flowers during summers. Spider plants are grass like and look evergreen.

Plant Care: Water your spider plants two to three times a week.

Pollutants Removed: Formaldehyde and xylene.


Air Purifying Dracaena PlantAir Purifying Dracaena Plant

There are more than 40 different kinds of Dracaena plants that come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Dracaenas are very easy to grow and require very little care. Young Dracaenas are small and perfect for desks and tabletops. Older Dracaenas can grow up to 5 or 6 feet. They are ideal indoor plants for interior décor with the benefit of air purification.

Plant Care: Keep the soil damp but avoid excessive watering, as too much water can damage .

Pollutants Removed: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace Lily Air Purifying PlantPeace Lily Air Purifying Plant

In the NASA research, Peace Lilies were among the top three plants for removing harmful toxins. Most indoor varieties of Peace Lilies grow up to 16 inches tall and are quite easy to grow. During summers, these plants will produce beautiful white flowers.

Plant Care: Keep soil slightly moist. Keep them away from direct sunlight but too little light can prevent flowers from blooming.

Pollutants Removed: Ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene

Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

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This is one of the most tolerant plants and can be left unattended for weeks. Even without little or no care this plant still looks green and fresh. In NASA research, Snake Plants were found to be very effective in reducing the toxins commonly found in our homes. Snake plants look attractive, require little care and purify indoor air; in short they are the perfect indoor plants.

Plant Care: Keep away from direct sunlight and water occasionally, especially during the winter.

Pollutants Removed: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.

Aloe Vera

Air Purifying Aloe VeraAir Purifying Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is undoubtedly the most popular plant and is commonly known as the ‘Wonder Plant’. Aloe Vera is known to offer endless health and medicinal benefits. Made popular in India by the world-renowned Yoga Guru and Ayurveda expert Baba Ramdev, NASA also found Aloe Vera effective in removing formaldehyde. Like cactus, Aloe Vera requires very little care.

Plant Care: Need proper light, keep near a window that receives sun light. Let the soil completely dry before watering again.

Pollutants Removed: Formaldehyde.

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata v. Bostoniensis)

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Boston Fern is another indoor plant that is believed to improve the indoor air by reducing the levels of formaldehyde and xylene. These plants look particularly beautiful in hanging baskets with the green branches hanging from top.

Plant Care: Keep the soil moist and check the soil daily and water if the soil feels dry. Needs humidity and indirect sunlight.

Pollutants Removed: Formaldehyde, and xylene.

Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema)

Air Purifying Chinese Evergreen PlantAir Purifying Chinese Evergreen Plant

This is another air purifying plant that was found effective in removing a broad range of toxins. This plant looks fresh and beautiful with it’s attractive colourful leaves.

Plant Care: Keep the soil moist, Chinese evergreens like high humidity. Avoid direct sunlight.

Pollutants Removed: Benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)

Air Purifying Gerbera Daisy PlantAir Purifying Gerbera Daisy Plant

Gerbera Daisy is the plant with the most beautiful flowers in this list. This plant is known to remove toxins like benzene and trichloroethylene. It can be grown in small pots and requires more care and attention as compared to the other air purifying plants in this list. More of a balcony or outside plant as it requires direct sunlight, can be planted near south-facing windows.

Plant Care: Prone to fungal diseases. Water in the morning and let leaves dry out during the day to lessen the risk of rot and fungal diseases. Flowers in winters and requires direct sunlight.

Pollutants Removed: Benzene and trichloroethylene.


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