The air we breath is full of toxins and pollutants that carry bacteria, dust and dander. These irritants often produce an effect known as "sick building syndrome" in offices that have closed air systems. The chemicals and contaminants released from building materials, office equipment and furniture build up and create an unhealthy work environment. Indoor plants for offices provide a win-win situation by acting as a filtration system to help eliminate the air pollution and provide a less stressful environment.
Indoor plants for the office like peace lilies and philodendrons require less light than many other plants. Although the low light levels may keep the peace lily from blooming, the foliage complements any space. These plants also require a less humid environment making both a good choice for the dry conditions normally associated with an office. Other plants that do well in low light levels include pothos and spider plants.
Drought Tolerant Plants
The first plant that comes to mind when you say "drought tolerant" is cacti. Varieties of cactus require less water than most other plants but also require sunlight. Cactus plants do well on window sills or in bright areas of the office. Jade plants are also drought tolerant and require minimal care. Snake plant, or mother-in-law tongue, likes weekly watering but will survive for extended periods with little to no water at all.
Larger Plants and Trees
The weeping fig ficus tree is both drought tolerant and grows with minimal lighting. The ficus makes a wise choice for larger spaces such as meeting rooms or reception areas. Another large indoor plant for the office is the schefflera, which prefers a bright environment but adapts to many conditions.