We all know how indoor plants create alive, vibrant and homely spaces. They brighten up any room, making us feel instantly happier and connected to nature. But (and maybe more importantly) there are some plants that can even purify the air around us and benefit our mental and physical health.
How does this work? Well, believe it or not, plants breathe too! They have small pores that absorb carbon dioxide along with other airborne pollutants. So, if you have a windowless office or live in a heavily polluted area, it’s definitely worth investing in one of these Top 5 Air-Purifying Plants.
1. Extra Large Calathea Orbifolia
A Bloombox Club favourite, Calatheas are what we like to call the ‘wonder plants’ as they essentially do it all. Not only do they attract your attention with their wonderfully patterned leaves, they’re also one of best air-purifying plants out there. The Calathea Orbifolia is a large-leaved, voluptuous beauty that will create a statement in any room. If you’re looking for a plant for your bedroom, this is the one for you!
2. Boston Fern
One of most popular houseplants in the UK, the Boston Fern is amazing at removing any airborne nasties. They love humidity, so make great plants for the bathroom or kitchen, either potted and placed on a shelf or hanging from the ceiling. With minimal care needs, Ferns give back way more than they take and look good doing it too!
3. Snake Plant Laurentii
One of the easiest plants to care for, Snake Plants are also known far and wide for their purification abilities. Even NASA has given these guys the stamp of approval! As they don’t need a lot of TLC (in fact they actually prefer a bit of neglect), they will thrive in most rooms and offices. There are many types of Snake Plant but the Laurentii has wonderful yellow bordered fronds that add a pop of colour and make it stand out from the rest!
4. Swiss Cheese Plant
Most houseplants increase humidity as they transpire as part of their photosynthesis. Large surface area leaves like the Monstera Deliciosa are the best choice if you are looking for something to relieve conditions affected by dry air!
Large surface foliage plants are also great at trapping impurities and dust keeping them away from surfaces and your lungs!
5. Kentia Palm
Hailed by the royals as the perfect parlour plant, the Kentia Palm will not only create a gorgeous feature in your home, it will also keep you feeling relaxed and clear headed, thanks to the clean air it creates. Only needing minimal attention, the Kentia Palm will add flare and elegance to your space without taking up much of your time.