Top 5 air purifying plants
Canada’s cold winters require some serious house insulation. And although that’s great for keeping a place nice and cosy, it also means drier air and less oxygen indoors. Because of this, many people complain of headaches, sleeping problems, and lung problems like asthma. Fortunately, our air purifying amigos are here to save the day! So breathe easy, because we have made a list of our top air-purifying plants. But first...
How does an air-purifying house plant actually work?
All houseplants provide extra oxygen, but not all plants also purify the air. There are only a few plants that have been scientifically proven to contribute to clean, purified air in the home. As an example, we’ll look at the air-purifying master, the Peace Lily. Peace Lillies first absorb harmful substances from the air through their leaves and then store these substances in their roots. In addition, our air-purifying friends can also break down unpleasant odours, so that they also function as an air freshener.
Fun fact: all the plants mentioned below were part of the NASA clean air study. A study conducted to find the most air-purifying plants. Talk about a smart bunch!
1. Lilly (Spathiphyllum)
Spathiphyllum, or as she likes to be called Lilly, is number 1. Not only because she has some of the most beautiful flowers we’ve ever seen, but also because Peace Lilies are some of the strongest air-purifiers. They can remove up to five toxins from the air and they're also super easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy to care for. Lilly, you're the best!
2. Mojo (Dracaena Janet Craig)
Benzene and formaldehyde beware! Coming from a harsh environment, Dracaenas can withstand it all and pesky air substances are not about to stop them. Whether it’s our friend Mojo (Dracaena Janet Craig), Tito (Dracaena Deremensis), or their cousin Noah (Dracaena Marginayta), all members of the Dracaena genus are expert purifiers and they don’t need a lot of water or light to do so. Go Dracaena go!
Marty the Reed Palm should definitely not be missing from this list. He is an expert at removing harmful substances like benzene and toluene from the air. To do his job, Marty requires a lot of attention, especially because he comes from the tropical climate of Central America where he is used to getting as much sunlight and water as he wants. But we can assure you that it’s definitely worth it. Ahhhhhhh just smell that fresh living room air. Thanks Marty!
4. Kaa and Gus (Sansevieria Zeylanica, Laurentii, and Trifasciata)
Lots of attention? Forget it! Kaa and Gus are minimalists and by minimalists, we mean the bare minimum. They’re cousins, both from the snake plant family and like other members of this wonderful brood, they only need a bit of water. Despite being low maintenance, plants from the snake family are known for being great air purifiers and both Kaa and Gus are masters at removing substances like benzene and formaldehyde from the air. What a great sssssssssurprise!
5. Vera (Aloë Vera)
Good for skincare, healing wounds, and purifying air, Vera what can’t you do? The Aloe Vera plant originates from dry areas throughout the world and has been used by many cultures. But besides helping keep Cleopatra's skin moisturized, Vera is also an excellent air purifier whose specialty is to get rid of formaldehyde. Talk about a great amigo!