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List of Indoor Air Purifier Plants

Best Indoor Air Purifier Plants prescribed by NASA

It all started in National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in US, due to a design change of the office building to maximize the energy efficiency of the build, NASA had super insulated the buildings and reduced fresh air exchange in their office spaces.


Upon occupation of these office spaces, the workers in the NASA offices began to complain of various health problems such as 

  • Itchy eyes
  • Skin rashes
  • Drowsiness
  • Respiratory 
  • Sinus congestion
  • Headaches
  • Other allergy-related symptoms


It was determined that the airtight sealing of buildings and indoor air pollutants contributed significantly to the workers' health problems.


When a large number of people are present in a confined places especially where there is poor ventilation for an extended period of time will make the people sick with the above mentioned symptoms, this phenomenon called "sick building syndrome."


The Clean Air Study was a project lead by NASA, this project was to research the ways to clean the air in space stations.


In this study the leaves, roots, soil, and associated microorganisms of plants have been evaluated as a possible means of reducing indoor air pollutants. So placing plants indoor not only economical but also beneficial to human health.


According to their study air cleaning is accomplished with two or three plants in 8 to 10-inch pots for every 100 square feet.


You can find the details of the study on the NASA website



The below are some of the best air purifying plants prescribed by NASA after the Clean Air Study Project.

1. Money plant

Botanical Name: Botanical Name: Epiperium aureum | Pothos aureus| Scindapsus aureus

Money Plants are also called as Golden Pothos. It is also called devil's vine or devil's ivy because it is almost impossible to kill and it stays green even when kept in the dark. Money Plants is a vine with a heart shaped leaves which can also grow in adverse conditions with less light. It is often used in decorative displays in shopping centers, offices, and other public locations largely because it requires little care and is also attractively leafy

2. Aleo vera

Botanical Name : Aloe Barbadensis

Aloe Vera is a stemless or very short-stemmed plant; the leaves are thick, flashy, and green to grey-green. Aloe Vera is succulent plant species which grow well in tropical climates around the world and it is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. There are more than 500 species of Aloe Vera succulent species. The species is used for decorative purposes and grows successfully indoors as a potted plant. 

3. Peace Lily

 Botanical Name: Spathiphyllum

There are 40 species of Spathiphyllum plant family. Although it is called a "lily", the peace lily is not a true lily. Peace lily is a common houseplant that bears broad, dark green leaves and charming, white calla-like flowers. The plant does not need large amounts of light or water to survive.

4. Mother in law’s Tongue

 Botanical Name : Sansevieria

Snake plant is also known as Saint George's sword, mother-in-law's tongue, and viper's bowstring hem. Snake plant grows from eight inches to 12 feet high, has sword-like leaves approximately two feet. Snake plant has a very good indoor air filtration qualities, removing 4 of the 5 main toxins involved in the effects of sick building syndrome 

5. Chinese Evergreen

Botanical Name : Aglaonema schott 

The Chinese evergreen plant has a crown of wide leaf blades with silver and green coloration. This plant is sturdy and wonderfully easy to grow. It is considered to be the most durable houseplants which grows in tolerating poor light, dry air and drought. This mainly tropical plant is known for its intolerance of cold temperatures

6. Spider Plant

Botanical Name : Chlorophytum comosum

The spider plant is so named because of its spider-like plants, or spiderettes or pups, which dangle down from the mother plant like spiders on a web. Spider plant is also called as airplane plant, St. Bernard's lily, spider ivy, ribbon plant, and hen and chickens. There is two varieties of spider plant 'Vittatum' has mid-green leaves with a broad central white stripe & 'Variegatum' has darker green leaves with white margins. 

7. Ficus

Botanical Name : Ficus Benjamina

Weeping Fig is also known as Benjamin fig or Ficus tree. It look like a typical tree with a single light grey trunk and a spreading canopy of glossy leaves. Since it is tree shaped it is ideal for bonsais. Rubber trees and fig fruit trees are other species in the Ficus family. But when it comes to the indoor plant people consider weeping fig as their choice. 

8. English Ivy

Botanical Name : Hedera helix

English ivy plants are also called as European ivy, or just ivy. Hedera is the generic term for ivy and helix derives from Ancient Greek "twist, turn" and from the Latin helicem, "spiral-shaped. These are climbers, clinging to almost any surface by means of small roots that grow along the stems. It tolerates low light, inconsistent watering, and continues to grow. There are over 30 varieties of English Ivy species some commonly available species are with yellow or white patches on the leave, some have deeply lobed leaves and with purple stems. 

9. Bamboo palm

Botanical Name : Chamaedorea seifrizii

Bamboo palm is also called as reed palm. Bamboo Palm is a useful indoor palm because its adaptability to the environment, exotic look and anti-pollutant abilities. It is very common in malls, offices, homes and courtyards. Palm removes air pollutants and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.

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