Xylene is a byproduct of many different items that can negatively affect your health. At low levels xylene can cause symptoms ranging from headaches to confusion. Eliminating xylene from the air can help you breathe better and clean the air. Clean-air plants can help remove these toxins, and growing them as houseplants can make your air safer to breathe.
Weeping Chinese Banyan
The weeping Chinese banyan (Ficus benjamina) is from the Moraceae family of plants. It gets 30 to 60 feet high with 5-inch-long green leaves. Fruits are red figs that are inedible. Grow this one in full sun to shade with regular watering for a moist soil. Propagate via cuttings. It has very good heat tolerance. USDA hardiness zones are 9b to 11. It will remove 271 micrograms of xylene per hour from the air.
Miniature Date Palm
The miniature date palm (Phoenix roebelenii) is from the Arecaceae family of plants. It gets 3 to 6 feet high and 4 to 8 feet wide. Fronds are long and curved with fine leaves. It has evergreen, dark green foliage with cream or yellow flowers. It has a tolerance to heat, humidity and deer. Soil should be moist and in a pH range of 4.5 to 8. Grow in dappled to full sun in USDA hardiness zone 11. It will remove 610 micrograms of xylene per hour from the air.
The dragontree (Dracaena marginata) is from the Agavaceae family of plants. It gets to 20 feet tall but is a slow grower. There are white flowers with large agave sword-like leaves. Grow this one in full sun or light shade with regular watering. Propagate via seed, layering, or cuttings in USDA hardiness zones of 10 to 12. It will remove 338 micrograms of xylene per hour from the air.
The corn plant (Dracaena fragrans) is from the Agavaceae family of plants. It gets 20 feet tall with 1- to 3- foot-long leaves. Fragrant white flowers are in clusters and fruits are reddish orange berries. Grow this one in light shade to shade in moderate watering conditions. Propagate via layering, suckers or stem sections in USDA hardiness zones 10 to 11. It will remove 274 micrograms of xylene per hour from the air.
Flame Creeper Indica Azalea
The flame creeper indica azalea (Rhododendron indicum) is from the Ericaceae family of plants. It is an evergreen with green foliage that turns red in the winter. It will get up to 6 feet tall with a spreading growth pattern. Flowers are in the orange and red range of hues in the springtime. Grow in well drained acidic soil (pH 4.5 to 6) in shade to partial sun. It tolerates heat, humidity, deer and seashores. Grow in USDA hardiness zones of 7 to 10. It will remove 168 micrograms of xylene per hour from the air.