Our guest blogger is Alan Greene, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, Attending Pediatrician at Packard Children’s Hospital, and Senior Fellow at the University California San Francisco Center for the Health Professions. He is also founder of DrGreene.com and author of Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care.
In an effort to identify plants that can filter air in sealed environments, NASA spent 2 years testing common plants to determine the best natural filters. The following list includes plants that perform the best in removing formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide, three common yet toxic contaminants that we regularly find indoors.
- Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifritzii)
- Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestmu)
- English ivy (Hedera helix)
- Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
- Janet Craig (Dracaena)
- Marginata (Dracaena marginata)
- Mass cane/corn plant (Dracaena massangeana)
- Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria laurentii)
- Pot mum (Chrysantheium morifolium)
- Peace lily (Spathiphyllum “Mauna Loa”)
Last reviewed on March 19, 2009. As research is on-going, you may want to check several sources for the latest information.