The Highest Oxygen Yielding House Plants

One way to purify your air is to use houseplants. All houseplants convert carbon dioxide and release oxygen, but according to a NASA study, some plants also remove toxins from the air. Helpful plants are those which require easy care, need low light and are aesthetically pleasing. Often the most efficient oxygen releasing plants comes from the tropics, where it is used to getting low light, much like the light inside a house.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily (Sathiphyllum) has large dark green leaves and white flowers. The white flowers grow on tall stalks near the center of the plant. Often this plant is seen growing in a clear vase with a Beta fish living in the water below. To keep this plant blooming, spent flower stalks should be removed by cutting as low as possible. This plant requires proper watering to prevent drooping.

Golden Pothos (Devil's Ivy)

Golden Pothos, Epipremnum aureum or Devil's Ivy, is a common houseplant because it is easy to maintain. This vine has green leaves that may have golden or white streaks. The plant is often planted with multiple vines in a pot or hanging basket, alone in a pot or as a climber growing up a pole. This plant handles low light conditions and low humidity levels very well. Keep the roots from getting too wet and this plant will thrive.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant, Sansevieria, is considered a very tough plant because it can go a long time without watering. Other benefits of the snake plant include a tolerance for very low light and the ability to take up little space. The leaves of the snake plant grow straight up. This plant is related to succulents, so it tends to store water. This makes the plant heavy.

Spider Plants

Spider plants, Chlorophytum, with their green and white striped leaves, grow very quickly. These plants require little light and little water. This plant can grow on rocks. Often, these plants are found in hanging baskets. One of the benefits of this plants is that it produces offspring readily. This offspring is easy to propagate.

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