Author: Prashant Bhatt
“I grow plants for many reasons: to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow”
Landscape architecture is an extensive field of botany where plants are utilized in order to decorate the space. But apparently the plants that are used for such purposes not only have ornamental purposes but also help in purification of air. Home garden is a small branch of landscape architecture that is associated with decorating blank house spaces and open areas. They also provide volume to areas and at times give out detoxifying substances. In this article we will be seeing ten such plants that help in purifying the air.
1. Devils ivy or pothos: Epipremnum aureum
This is a plant that is one most commonly found in the gardens and the nurseries they are extremely durable plants that can grow even in water pots. It is also durable even if it is kept in the dark for a long time. The toxins that it can purify are xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
2. Dwarf date palm: Phoenix roebelenii
This is a plant that we find in majority parks and gardens as well. Due to its palm like structure they give an exotic look to the areas where they are placed in they can grow well in partial shade and don’t grow taller than ten feet. The toxins that it purifies are formaldehyde and xylene.
3. Peace Lilly: Spathyphillum
These lilies grow in moderate water requirement and slow releasing fertilizers they do not require much of tending yet they give out beautiful white flowers. The toxins filtered out by them are benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene.
4. Chrysanthemums: Chrysanthemum monofolium
These are also known as disbuds and give a bright coloured flower. They are useful as floral arrangements. They are not only highly decorative but the best airpurifiers. Although they are a bit difficult to grow but they give out beautiful bright coloured flowers. The toxins that they cleanse are ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene.
5. Rubber plants: Ficus elastic
These plants are originated in India that require weekly watering during summers and fortnightly watering during winters. They can grow in small pots as well as directly from the grounds as well. it removes toxins like xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
6. Snake plant/ mother in law’s tongue: Sansaviera trifasciata
These are plants that can thrive in direct sunlight and almost negligent amount of water. They can grow up to two meters high and do not require much of fertilizers as they belong from dry regions. The toxins that they filter are formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene and xylene.
7. Aloe vera: A. barbadenesis
It isn’t just for cosmetic industry but also for tending wounds it also helps in curing sunburns and helps in cooling the rooms. The toxins that it filters is formaldehyde.
8. Flamingo Lilly: Anthurium andraenium
These lilies are a good example of pop colors they have bright shades and can be used as a decorative plants. They flower almost all year long. They consume less water hence you can water them once or maybe twice a week this species can grow well in humid conditions so it can be kept in the bathroom or the kitchen as well. The toxins absorbed by them are ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
9. Kimberly queen fern: Nephropelis obliterate
This plant is an Australian native it is an outdoor plant but it can also be kept indoor as it helps in purifying the air. They are a training plant for people new to gardening. They are to be taken special care of during the summers. The toxins that this fern filters out are formaldehyde and benzene.
10. Bamboo palm : Chamaedorea seifrizii
These can get pretty big in length and they are pet friendly if kept indoors also. The toxins that they filter are formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene.
In conclusion plants that we grow are not only ornamental but also a great air purifiers, they not only produce oxygen but also cleanse our houses. So no matter the space have at least one plant in the house so that in future you may not want to spend on disorders.