Top 20 Amazing Air-filtering Houseplants that Can Act as an Air Purifier

Top 20 Amazing Air-filtering Houseplants that Can Act as an Air Purifier

While there are well over 400000 thousand of plants in the world, not all of them are capable of filtering dust let alone airborne pollutants. I am sure many of you have thought of placing houseplants in your home to improve the indoor air quality yet do not have a single clue on which or what plants to get. Thankfully with the help from NASA Clean Air Study report and other researches online, I have compiled a list of top indoor/ houseplants capable of combat air pollutants, the level of care needed along with its pros and cons of each plants.

Short answer

Devil/ English/ Parlor Ivy, Feston Rose, Spider/ Snake Plant, Moth Orchid, Dendrobium, African Violet, Lilyturf, Yellow Goddess Amaryllis, Garlic Vine, Christmas Cactus, Peace Lily, Aloe Vera, Boston/ Kimberly Queen Fern, Dwarf Date/ Areca Palm, Yucca Elephantipes.

Long answer

Breathing clean air is critical for our health. Out of the many available ways of improving home air quality, choosing the RIGHT air-filtering houseplants is a proven, natural way of cleaning indoor air. Against stronger resistant pollutants like chemicals and formaldehyde, air purifier is the only way to go. So before you go crazy in buying the plants, make sure you research the care requirement for each plants and allocate some time in nurturing them. Have fun!

Types of Indoor Houseplants

1

Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum Aureum)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $6.99)
  • Also known as – Australian Native Monstera, Pothos, Porthos, Centipede Tongavine, Golden Pothos, Hunter’s Robe, Ivy Arum, Money Plant, Silver Vine, Solomon Islands Ivy, Taro Vine.

The most adaptive versatile plant in the list. While most plants would need adequate sunlight to flourish, the Devil’s Ivy can grow on low light, low humidity, cool temperatures. Besides being an excellent air pollutants eliminator, it can grow in pot, on pillar/ pole or underneath other plants. Perfect for people who do not have much experience or time caring for plants. Keep in mind though these plants are poisonous to cats and dogs if ingested.

The price for potted plant starts from $6.99. I recommend cutting and re-growing it from your neighbors or friends existing plant since it is quite common to obtain.

English Ivy
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2

English Ivy (Hedera Helix)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $2.40 – 5)
  • Also known as – Needlepoint Ivy, European Ivy, Ivy, Branching Ivy, Glacier Ivy, Sweetheart Ivy, California Ivy.

English Ivy is a climbing houseplant that occupies a lot of space and requires trimming. On the upside, it grows well in low light conditions and it is an excellent air purifier plant that well known to eliminate airborne pollutants including Benzene, Trichloroethylene, and Formaldehyde from the air. Please note though English Ivy is also poisonous to pets.

The price for the seeds starts from $2.40 and $5 for plant. (eBay)

Feston Rose
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3

Feston Rose (Lantana Camara)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $1.50 – 7.50)
  • Also known as – Common Lantana, Largeleaf Lantana, Kamara Lantana, Wild Sage, Red Sage, Yellow Sage, White Sage, Shrub Verbena.

Do not be fool by its looks as Feston Rose plant is capable of tolerating scorching heat and strong wind. It can also survive in limited water and salty conditions. Not only it can purify the air, these plants will also give out a fresh, strong fragrance. Another great thing about Feston Rose is that there is some nice variegation from its species.

The price for the seeds starts from $1.50 and $7.50 for potted plant. (eBay)

Spider Plant
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4

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $0.99 – 5.99)
  • Also known as – Airplane Plant, Hen-and-chickens, Variegated Spider Plant, Ribbon Plant.

Another common plant that is super easy to care. This is one of the toughest houseplant you can get. It can thrive, yes thrive in air conditioned room with limited water. Just like Boston Fern, Spider plant is excellent at removing Formaldehyde and other pollutants from the air.

The price for the seeds starts from $0.99 and $5.99 for potted plant. (eBay)

Snake Plant
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5

Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $0.99 – 4.99)
  • Also known as – Mother-in-law’s Tongue, Variegated Snake Plant, Devil’s Tongue, African Spear, Tiger’s Tail, Pasha SwordBow String Hemp, Bowstring Hemp, Good Luck Plant, Goldband Sansevieria, Viper’s Bowstring Hemp, Magic Sword, Laurentii Snake Plant, 虎尾兰.

A plant that has been used in rituals, protective charm, Feng Shui and now an air purifier. Snake Plant is often the popular choice as indoor ornamental plant because of its unique variegated texture and upwards growing style. A superb air purifier plant but poisonous if ingested.

The price for the seeds starts from $0.99 and $4.99 for potted plant.

6

Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $0.99 – 3.90)
  • Also known as – Appendiculata, Equestris, Amabilis, Javanica, Micholitzii (species based).

An exotic beauty that grows and maintain easily. It can thrive in indoor, windowsill, normal human temperature, artificial sunlight but not direct sunlight. Moth Orchid comes in many varieties of colors, it might not be the best air purifier plants, but it blooms marvelously and is a great add-ons to your home decoration.

The price for the seeds starts from $0.99 and $3.90 for potted plant. (eBay)

Dendrobium Orchid
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7

Dendrobium Orchid (Dendrobium)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $6 – 7)
  • Also known as – Atroviolaceum, Bracteosum, Aalabense, Seudoglomeratum, Ruppianum (species based).

Looks like a moth orchid, except larger in size. Under the orchid family, Dendrobium Orchid requires extra nurturing compare with Moth Orchid so this plant might not be ideal for many. Exceptionally beautiful nonetheless.

The price for the seeds starts from $6 and $7 for potted plant. (eBay)

African Violet
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8

African Violet (Saintpaulia)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $4.5 – 6.99)
  • Also known as – Saintpaulia Difficilis, Saintpaulia Confusa, Saintpaulia Inconspicua.

A beautiful variegated flowers that comes in different sizes. With only moderate light required, African Violet will flower at any time of the year. African Violet are also durable plant that can withstand some lack of care. Typically African Violet is a household indoor plant but can be planted as an outdoor plant as well.

The price for the seeds starts from $4.50 and $6.99 for potted plant.

9

Parlor Ivy (Philodendron Hederaceum)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $5.99)
  • Also known as – Sweetheart Plant, German Ivy, Heartleaf Philodendron, Cordatum Vine, Heart-leaf Ivy, Philodendron.

A climbing herb that can grow up to 20 ft (6 m) in the wild. Caring for it could be challenging (especially indoor) as it require some trimming and like many Ivys, it is poisonous if ingested.

The price for the plant starts from $5.99. (eBay)

10

Lilyturf (Liriope Spicata)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $4)
  • Also known as – Creeping Lilyturf, Monkey Grass, Lily Turf.

Commonly used as landscaping outdoor plants, Lilyturf is also a capable air purifier plant in filtering ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air.

The price for the seeds starts from $4.

Yellow Goddess
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11

Yellow Goddess Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $2.38 – 11.99)
  • Also known as – Amaryllis, Lily, Resurrection Lily, Naked Lady.

With resembles to Lily plant, this goddess trumpet-shaped flower will take around 6-8 weeks to fully blossom. Comparatively big with beautiful soft yellow, Yellow Goddess Amaryllis is another potted plant that looks good yet able to purify the air in your house.

The price for the seeds starts from $2.38 and $11.99 for potted plant. (eBay)

Garlic Vine
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12

Garlic Vine (Mansoa alliacea)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $2.80 – 10.50)
  • Also known as – Ajo sacha, Forest Garlic, Wild Garlic, Amethyst Vine.

One of the few in the list that can be used as an anti-pollutant plant and treatment. Growing Garlic Vine will need some extra effort considering it need moderate to plentiful water (depending on growth period) and direct sunlight. Because of that, the indoor placement for Garlic Vine is extremely critical so take note of it.

The price for the seeds starts from $2.80 and $10.50 for plant. (eBay)

13

Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $0.99 – 6.99)
  • Also known as – Thanksgiving Cactus, Crab Cactus and Holiday Cactus.

A plant that usually blossoms during Christmas period, caring for a Christmas Cactus could be a bit tricky as you cannot overwater or underwater it. With adequate light and normal room temperature, this beautiful plant could be excellent add-ons to your houseplants.

The price for the seeds starts from $0.99 and $6.99 for potted plant. (eBay)

Peace Lily
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14

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $0.99 – 7.88)
  • Also known as – Spath, Peace Lilies, White Sails.

A very popular and common houseplant. It can bloom under low to moderate light, you only need to water them approximately once a week, and best of all, Peace Lily is an excellent air purifier plant. It can filter dust, pollen and many other pollutants including the notorious 3 brothers: Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene from VOCs. Peace Lily is also poisonous to pets if ingested.

The price for the seeds starts from $0.99 and $7.88 for potted plant.

15

Aloe Vera

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $0.99 – 3)
  • Also known as – Barbados Aloe, True Aloe, Burn Aloe, Succulent Plant, Medicine Plant.

Yes, this well-known multipurpose plant is also an air purifier plant. A full grown Aloe Vera will only need water sparingly but look out for mealybugs once in a while.

The price for the seeds starts from $0.99 and $3 for potted plant.

Boston Fern
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16

Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis Exaltata Bostoniensis)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $2.75 – 13.99)
  • Also known as – Wild Boston Fern, Sword Fern.

Often grown in hanging basket , Boston Fern grow best under filtered light in high humidity conditions and can withstand a short period of drought. It might not look pretty compare with other flower plants, but make no mistake Boston Fern is consider one of the best air purifier plant in the list. Boston Fern is also safe for pets to eat.

The price for the seeds starts from $2.75 and $13.99 for potted plant. (eBay)

Kimberly Queen Fern
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17

Kimberly Queen Fern (Nephrolepis Obliterata)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $9.99)
  • Also known as – Kimberly Fern.

Kimberly Queen Fern is also a species of fern in the family Lomariopsidaceae. Some people will even categorized them under the same plant so think of it as an alternative to Boston Fern.

The price for the potted plant starts from $9.99.

18

Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix Roebelenii)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $2 – 4.99)
  • Also known as – Pygmy Date Palm, Miniature Date Palm.

A miniature size palm tree, Dwarf Date Palm is one the largest plant in the list standing about 3 – 10 ft. Just like a palm tree, it has sharp narrow arch that can be very painful if you does not handle with care. Because of this, I would not recommend this plant if you have handful of kids to take care.

The price for the seeds starts from $2 and $4.99 for potted plant. (eBay)

Areca Palm
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19

Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens/ Dypsis Lutescens)

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $1.85 – 5.95)
  • Also known as – Bamboo Palm, Golden Cane Palm, Areca Palm, Butterfly Palm, Desert Fan Palm, Desert Palm, American Cotton Palm, Cotton Palm, Washington Palm, Petticoat Palm, California Fan Palm.

Like Dwarf Date Palm, Areca Palm is also large in size and caring for it can be a bit tricky. According to NASA and Wolverton (Wikipedia), Areca Palm is not only capable to filter Xylene and Toluene from the air, it can also act as an humidifier by transpiring 1 liter of water per 24 hours.

The price for the seeds starts from $1.85 and $5.95 for potted plant. (eBay)

20

Yucca Elephantipes

  • Easy to grow (Common)
  • Price  (+- $0.99 – 4.99)
  • Also known as – Giant Yucca, Spineless Yucca, Soft-Tip Yucca, Blue-stem Yucca, Giant Yucca Tabo.

Last by not least, Yucca “Giant” plant needs plenty of direct sunlight and water but do not overwater it. Typically Yucca plant is fairly large in size (3 – 8 ft in height).

The price for the seeds starts from $0.99 and $4.99 for potted plant.

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