Plants that clean indoor air.

I just made this list for myself, so I thought I’d share.

Based on studies done by NASA  and others, these two plants filter the most chemicals from indoor air. They help rid your home of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene and ammonia:

Peace lily (Spathiphyllum‘ Mauna Loa’)
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Florist’s chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
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These next three plants filter all of the above except ammonia:

English ivy (Hedera helix)
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Variegated snake plant, also called mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata‘ Laurentii’)
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Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
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All of the above plants are toxic to dogs and cats. For nontoxic options, try Lilyturf (Liriope spicata) or Broadleaf lady palm (Rhapis excelsa), which filter formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and ammonia, or Barberton daisy (Gerbera jamesonii), which filters benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

NASA recommends 1 potted plant per 100 square feet of indoor space. Here’s a 2009 TED talk on the subject. For more plant options, check out this table.

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New In The Garden

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10-foot tall jungle greens.

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Beautiful new pot from my husband’s client, planted with flowers gifted from my friend.

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Painted rocks from my nieces.

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Motorbikes fixed, washed and ready to be sold. SOB! 😦

In The Garden This Week

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Spinach and Kale and Chard, oh my!

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Harvest Moon out my window

The Summer of Spiders

The Summer of Spiders

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New fence…

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…courtesy of my husband.

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My Momma!

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Bee rock to go with the ladybug rock ~ from my nieces. 🙂

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Beautiful Baby A. (Z. and J.’s little girl)

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Last of the Seattle Summer Sun

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AUTUMN!!

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imageMy very own SCOOTER! Stay tuned for a post on the exciting story of how this came into my possession. 🙂