Indoor air quality is often worse that outdoor air quality. What can you do about it? Grow these plants.
|Common name||Scientific name||Score|
|1||Areca palm||Chrysalidocarpus lutescens||8.5|
|2||Lady palm||Rhapis excelsa||8.5|
|3||Bamboo palm||Chamaedorea seifrizii||8.4|
|4||Rubber plant||Ficus robusta||8.0|
|5||Dracaena “Janet Craig”||Dracaena deremensis “Janet Craig”||7.8|
|6||English ivy||Hedera helix||7.8|
|7||Dwarf date palm||Phoenix roebelinii||7.8|
|8||Ficus Alii||Ficus macleilandii “Alii”||7.7|
|9||Boston fern||Nephrolepis exalta “Bostoniensis”||7.5|
|10||Peace lily||Spathiphyllum sp.||7.5|
These are plants selected for their ability to remove indoor air pollution, based on research carried out for NASA’s Clean Air Study.
The score is based on four factors,
- Removal of chemical vapours
- Ease of growth and maintenance
- Resistance to insect infestation
- Transpiration rate
The information is from B.C. Wolverhampton. Eco-friendly House Plants: 50 indoor plants the purify the air in homes and offices. London: Seven Dials, 2000. For information about how to take care of the plants etc., see the book. These plants are very easy to take care of.