Healthy Insider: Toxin Removing Plants

We have a new addition to our family, she is a Bamboo Palm.

Did know plants help clean out indoor toxins such as formaldehyde?

It is true! In fact there is a list of plants that assist in cleaner indoor air. What are they, you ask?

Dwarf date palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
Areca palm (Dypsis lutescens)
Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’)
Kimberly queen fern (Nephrolepis obliterata)
English ivy (Hedera helix)
Lilyturf (Liriope spicata)
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Devil’s ivy, Money plant (Epipremnum aureum)
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)
Flamingo lily (Anthurium andraeanum)
Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
Broadleaf lady palm (Rhapis excelsa)
Variegated snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)
Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron cordatum)
Selloum philodendron
(Philodendron bipinnatifidum)
Elephant ear philodendron (Philodendron domesticum)
Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
Cornstalk dracaena (Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’)
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
Barberton daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
Florist’s chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)
Dendrobium orchids (Dendrobium spp.)
Dumb canes (Dieffenbachia spp.)
King of hearts (Homalomena wallisii)
Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis spp.)

Now, I will say that my source is–gasp!–Wikipedia. I know, but there are some interesting book sources regarding this study. The study is a bit conflicting because it does state that NASA, who conducted the study, does not use plants to clean their own air and you would literally need a house full of plants to clean the air as stated, so, one plant ,such as ours will not do much, but we are going to add more and it adds life to your house. Why not adopt a plant into your home and why not try one of the plants that clean air? Hey, it is worth a shot! There are other studies that have been conducted and I’m sure having plants in the home is more helpful than not.

Works Cited:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_Clean_Air_Study

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