Indoor plants are not only a great way to add touch of the outdoors to your home, they’re a great way to clean your home’s air. Check out this list and discover the best perennial plants to keep around your home.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a triple win: aloe is very helpful at improving indoor air quality, it is a pretty plant that’s super easy to grow, and it’s medicinally beneficial. As a desert plant, aloe requires very little care, but works hard to remove benzene from the air. Benzene is released from paints and cleaning products. Keep aloe in a sunny spot, and be careful not to over-water. Be aware, some cats love this plant and might try to play with it!
2. Spider Plants
Spider plants are easy to grow and propagate and are very tolerant of neglect. Spider plants are among the best indoor plants for reducing formaldehyde.” Perfect for those who may not be the best at remembering to water plants…
3. Peace Lily
This pretty plant helps us breathe better air. This is a larger-size plant that can make your living spaces much more green and healthy. NASA says this humble plant can improve your indoor air quality by as much as 60 percent, as it helps reduce mold spores and can absorb vapors from acetone. The Peace Lily has lovely white flower and dark green, broad leaves.
These funky little plants are becoming increasingly popular for their variety, odd colors and shapes, and their ease of care. Depending on the variety of succulent you’ve chosen, care will generally require water once each week, but be careful to read any instructions that have come with your pretty little plants. The big concern for succulents is to be careful not to over-water, nor under-water. Succulents can survive in dry conditions, but will not thrive.
5. Gerbera Daisy
These are beautiful, almost cartoon-like colorful daisies that look great when in bloom, but are also beautiful leafy plants without flowers. Best of all, this widely available and easy to grow plant is effective in removing both benzene and trichloroethylene from the air. Gerberas may bloom repeatedly with one flower at a time, but the greens will continue to grow throughout the year while indoors.
Frilly and fun, ferns can be a great addition to your houseplant collection. These relatively low-maintenance plants bring a happy dose of green to all rooms. Ferns are notable for removing formaldehyde from surrounding air better than almost all other plants. Some ferns need full light, while others can do with medium bright light. Ferns range from fine and frilly to large and funky.