Air purifying indoor plants bring the best of nature into our homes. They are beautiful and uplifting. They can also remove harmful toxic elements from the air and improve our indoor environments, based on one of NASA’s studies
When I saw the list, I happily realized that many of these indoor plants are actually thriving in our home!
12 Best air purifying indoor plants that are impossible to kill:
- these indoor plants are extremely easy – almost impossible to kill really, and believe me I have killed plenty of plants, yet these have survived my brown thumbs
- they are small to medium in size, so can be grown in small spaces
- these house plants all require relatively low light – we may not notice it, but our indoor environments lack natural light, which is why so many indoor plants look stressed and gets sick with mildew or bugs even when you have been good with watering!
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1-3. Best indoor plants for low light.
The most challenging thing about growing indoor plants is the low light conditions most spaces have, even though we may not notice it! These 3 house plants are great candidates for rooms with low light. And they remove lots of toxins according to the NASA data.
The Spathiphyllum cochlearispathum / Peace Lily, a very popular indoor plant that has such a beautiful name and never ending flowers, it is also the most effective air purification plant on NASA’s list! This little plant from Southern Mexico does require more frequent watering than everything else here.
Sansevieria javanica / Snake Plant comes from Africa, Madagascar, India or Indonesia. This is one of the smallest indoor plants, grows to only 6″-8″ tall. It sends out runners, which can be rooted easily. The thick leaves store water, which means if you forget, it is quite forgiving!
Chlorophytum comosum / Spider Plant is an easy to grow house plant great for brightening up our homes with the beautiful variegated foliage. Such a delicate looking plant is surprisingly kill-proof. It carries plantlets on the arching flower stems, which can be planted to create a new plant!
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4 – 6. Best indoor hanging plants
Epipremnum aureum / Pathos, and Asplenium bulbiferum / Mother Fern are all great as hanging plants indoors. Picture the jungles of Jurassic Park where vines coming down from the sky, they are most likely Epipremnums! Some of the easiest indoor plants to grow, the foliage has many color variations from bright green to silvery green.
Ferns remind us of lush forests and waterfalls. If you can’t find Mother fern, try Boston Fern, Maidenhair fern or Button Fern. They are easier to find and grow beautifully indoors. Like the Peace lily, most ferns prefer regular water and moist soil.
The Epipremnum aureum “Jade and Pearl” | Jade & Pearl Pathos vine has smaller leaves than the previous ones, and we have several, one of them is hanging on the wall-
Actually, as you see, we don’t mind our home being turned into Jurassic Park!
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Best air purifying indoor plants with colorful foliage.
7. Tradescantia pallida | Purple Heart
Most of the air purifying indoor plants on our list prefer shade, but this one can do well in both shade and sun! It turns purple in the sun, and turns green in the shade! Cuttings can root very easily in water.
8. Maranta leuconeura | Prayer Plant
Bring a little piece of Brazil rainforest into your home! This plant is magical: due to light-sensitive pigments on each leaf, it curls together at night like hands closed in prayer, thus the name “Prayer Plant”. Inventors out there, must have.
9. Tradescantia zebrina | Wandering Jew
Native to Central America, this air purifying indoor plant is absolutely stunning with silver metallic stripes on one side of the leaves and deep purple on the other. I love to put it where it catches the soft light in the morning.
Beautiful air purifying indoor plants with showy style
10, 11 & 12. Anthurium andraeanum / Flamingo Lily, Monstera deliciosa / Fruit Salad Plant , Bromeliads
Is it a leaf? Is it a flower? Most of us have seen Anthurium with super bright red flowers which almost look unreal. I love the pink or white flowered Anthurium.
If the name has “deliciosa” there’s probably something delicious here, right? I have always seen Monstera deliciosa as a common house plant, but did not know about the delicious fruit until I walked by the California Rare Fruit Grower’s booth a few years ago. The fruit tastes like pineapple!
Talking about “Pineapple”, Bromeliads are in the Pineapples family. With stunning flowers that last for weeks or even months, these showy plants don’t need too much water. Once the flower starts to fade, it can be removed so the plant focuses its energy on producing pups.
Helpful tips on how to grow healthy indoor plants:
- Most of these air purifying indoor plants come from tropical rainforest, so give them a nice “rain” once a week or 2 by bringing them outside and washing off some dust with room temperature water.
- With the exception of #6, and certain Bromeliads, most of these plants can burn in direct sun. There are certain spots inside our homes that can still get lots of direct sun, so be careful!
- They will be extra happy if there are some slow release fertilizer into the potting soil, or give them a super diluted fertilizer when you water!
- These plants here are not edible… unless you are a bunny.
Even the tough plants don’t mind some extra love! When you do give them a little more attention, they will smile at you with their happy glow!
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