On Monday, we talked about some easy to care for plants to clean the air. But what if boring green–or green and white–just isn’t your thing? What if you need some flowering plants in your life? Never fear! There are some flowering plants that will clean the air as well.
Admittedly the list is shorter than the list of green plants–and for good reason, of course. Presumably it is the leaves that do most of the work of cleaning the air.
But nevertheless, there still are some flowering plants that are great air cleaners. And the list includes some plants you might not expect.
Phalaenopsis (moth) orchid (as well as dendrobium orchid)–both excellent at removing xylene and toluene. The dendrobium will cause oral inflammation if chewed however in both animals and children so it might be wise to stick with moth orchids in homes with pets or children.
Florist chrysanthemum–while this plant is a master air scrubber, removing formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and other toxins from the air, it can be poisonous to dogs and cats so it wouldn’t be wise to bring it into a home with pets.
Anthurium–these plants are great at formaldehyde, xylene and toluene so they, like the mums, are master air scrubbers. They do need a high level of light to re-flower, however. And yes, these plants are usually red. As you can see, they do come in white as well, and there is a pink form too. So there are lots of choices for your décor.