Top 10 plants for clean indoor air

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,

  1. Removal of chemical vapours
  2. Ease of growth and maintenance
  3. Resistance to insect infestation
  4. 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.

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2 thoughts on “Top 10 plants for clean indoor air

  1. The question is where to find them. I haven’t had much luck. I live in Chicago. For me, seeds will do and organic ones are even better but I haven’t been able to find a resource that sells them.

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