Mother nature is teasing us again! With the sun shining, but the temperature still hovering below double digits most days, we have to fight the urge to open the windows and let the fresh air in. One great way to bring the spring in is adding some houseplants to your decor. Not only do they look beautiful, but they purify the air! We’ve gathered up a list of the best houseplants you can easily add to your home today.
Check Out Our Picks for the 7 Best Houseplants
1. Aloe – This spiky little number is low-maintenance, which is a winner in our books! It also contains a gel that has healing and anti-bacterial properties for when your daughter falls scrapes her knee biking or you burn yourself on a hot stove (hypothetically *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*)
2. Peace Lily – These plants not only look beautiful when in bloom, they also pack some punch in the pollutant removing department. Peace lily’s remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air, which are commonly found in detergents, paints and many household products.
3. Snake Plant – If you have a black thumb, this one is for you! The snake plant is tough to kill as it requires little light and prefers drier conditions. It’s a great plant for the bedroom as it’s one of a select few that produces oxygen from carbon dioxide at night.
4. Bamboo Palm – One of the largest plants on our list makes the bamboo palm a workhorse for filtering air. These plants need bright light and a fair bit of room as they can grow anywhere from four feet to 12 feet tall.
5. Spider Plant – Probably one of the most common and best houseplants, the spider plant is easy to grow and removes toxic substances like benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene from the air.
6. Dracaena – This sun-loving plant has over 40 different varieties, many with coloured edges on their spiky leaves. If you have cats or dogs this isn’t the right plant for you as it can be toxic for pets.
7. Chrysanthemum – ‘Mums’, as they are more commonly known are inexpensive and easy to come by and with the added benefit of beautiful blooms, they are an easy choice! Once they are done flowering they can be planted in your outdoor garden.
Looking for a few more options? NASA did a clean air study identifying plants that reduce toxic substances from our air. I know what I’m putting on my shopping list this weekend…a bamboo palm and a few spider plants seem like a good start!