Saturday, February 23, 2013

Plants that will clean the Air in your House

Did you know there are plants that will clean the air of toxins!?

I never knew this until today.  Here are the plants that will do this:
Plant, Top remover of: benzene
(NASA)[1]
formaldehyde
(NASA)[1] (Wolverton)[4]
trichloroethylene
(NASA)[1]
xylene and
toluene[4][5]
ammonia[5] Poisonous or Edible?[6]

Dwarf date palm (Phoenix roebelenii) No Wolverton No Yes No Non-toxic to cats
Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) No No No Yes No Non-toxic to cats
Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata "Bostoniensis") No Wolverton No Yes No Non-toxic to cats
Kimberly queen fern (Nephrolepis obliterata) No Wolverton No Yes No Non-toxic to cats
English Ivy (Hedera helix) Yes Wolverton No Yes No Toxic to cats
Lilyturf (Liriope spicata) No Yes No Yes Yes Non-toxic to cats
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) No NASA No Yes No Non-toxic to cats
Golden pothos or Devil's ivy
(Scindapsus aures or Epipremnum aureum)
Yes NASA Yes Yes No Poisonous if eaten or chewed by pets or children[7]
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum 'Mauna Loa') Yes Wolverton Yes Yes Yes Toxic to cats
Flamingo lily (Anthurium andraeanum) No Yes No Yes Yes Poisonous[8]
Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum) Wolverton[9] Wolverton[9] No No No Toxic to cats
Bamboo palm or reed palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii) No NASA, Wolverton No Yes No Non-toxic to cats
Broadleaf Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa) No Yes No Yes Yes Non-toxic to cats
Snake plant or mother-in-law's tongue
(Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii')
Wolverton NASA Wolverton Yes No Toxic to cats and dogs [10]
Heartleaf philodendron
(Philodendron oxycardium, syn. Philodendron cordatum)
No NASA No No No Toxic to cats
Selloum philodendron
(Philodendron bipinnatifidum, syn. Philodendron selloum)
No NASA No No No Toxic to cats
Elephant ear philodendron (Philodendron domesticum) No NASA No No No Toxic to cats
Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata) Yes NASA Yes Yes No Toxic to Dogs and Cats [11]
Cornstalk dracaena
(Dracaena fragans 'Massangeana')
No NASA No No No Toxic to cats
Janet Craig dracaena
(Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig')
Yes Wolverton No Yes No Poisonous if eaten or chewed on by dogs[12]
Warneck dracaena
(Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckii')
Yes No Yes Yes No Toxic to cats
Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)[13] No Wolverton No Yes No Poisonous if eaten or chewed by dogs, cats and horses[14]
Gerbera Daisy or Barberton daisy
(Gerbera jamesonii)
Yes Wolverton Yes No No Non-toxic to cats
Pot Mum or Florist's Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium) Yes NASA, Wolverton Yes Yes Yes Poisonous if eaten or chewed by dogs, cats and horses[15]
Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica) No Wolverton No No No Toxic to Cats
Dendrobium orchid (Dendrobium sp.) No No No Yes No Non-toxic to cats
Dumb cane (Camilla) (Dieffenbachia) No No No Yes No Mildly toxic to children and pets if eaten or chewed[16]
Dumb cane (Exotica) (Dieffenbachia) No No No Yes No Mildly toxic to children and pets if eaten or chewed[16]
King of hearts (Homalomena wallisii) No No No Yes No  ?
Moth orchid (Phalenopsis sp.) No No No Yes No Non-toxic to cats

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_air-filtering_plants

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