Healthy Office Plants

With thousands of varieties of houseplants ranging from ivy to parlor palms, it's no wonder they are so popular. Not only are they pleasing to look at, but houseplants can also provide the room or office space with clean, healthy air. Some varieties of houseplants can actually take toxins and pollutants out of the air making it healthier to breath.


The plant group dracaena contains over 40 different species ranging from 3-inch minis to tall tree-like specimens. The variety of dracaena called Janet Craig has green dagger shaped leaves, and is one of the best air purifiers for the home or office. Janet Craig sucks toxins such as benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene, toluene, and formaldehyde right out of the air you breathe. Dracaenas love moist, warm soil in indirect bright sunlight. The pests that attack and thrive on this beneficial plant are spider mites, scale and thrips, and mealy bugs.

Parlor Palm

The parlor palm is a single feathery leaved palm plant that grows best in indirect bright sunlight and evenly moist soil. This plant is loved for its ability to remove certain pollutants such as formaldehyde, ammonia, trichloroethylene, toluene, and benzene from the air. The parlor palm is susceptible to insect pests such as spider mites and scales.

English Ivy

English ivy differs in appearance from deeply cut to rounded leaves on flexible stems. This plant makes an excellent hanging basket addition while purifying the air at the same time. Originating from the Mediterranean, English ivy requires very little care in bright to low indirect sun and warm, slightly moist soil. English ivy is known to remove benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, xylene, and trichloroethylene from the surrounding air. Common pests of English ivy are mealy bugs, aphids, and scale.

Areca palm

The Areca palm tree is rated by NASA as the number one air purifying plant for eliminating all toxins out of the atmosphere. This palm continuously keeps the air moist and humid, making a great humidifier. Bringing a tropical touch to any house or office space, the Areca palm is a very fast grower with reedy stems. Areca palm trees require full sun or shade, and evenly moist soil. Spider mites are the common pest of this palm.

Florist Chrysanthemum

The perennial, florist chrysanthemum, grow in a variety of colors and sizes. This China native plant requires very little care, only needing indirect bright sun and evenly moist soil. Florist chrysanthemums remove the pollutants, xylene, benzene, formaldehyde, and ammonia from the air. Common pests of this plant are aphids, whiteflys, spider mites, and thrips.

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Rachel Turner has been writing professionally since 2000, focusing on garden-related topics. Her articles have appeared online at SlowTravel and in publications such as the "Arkansas Gardeners," "One Step Ahead" and "Writers Now." Turner holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Arkansas State University.

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