What are the best houseplants ?

In addition to connecting you to nature, promoting calm, controlling air temperature, acting as a natural humidifier, improving mental health and absorbing background noise among many other benefits, many varieties are known for their air purification qualities. If they're going to make your home more stylish, happier and healthier, do you need all the more reason to put some indoor plants on display? Here are seven of the best indoor plants to improve the health of your home.

Devil's ivy

This chic, leafy vine is reputed to be quite hardy and can grow a few meters long when grown indoors. It is perfect to get that look of a climbing or hanging vine in your home. This popular plant effortlessly purifies the air of xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Devil's ivy, however, is toxic to pets, so be sure to place it well out of reach of your furry friends if you want it in your home. Native to the Solomon Islands, it is usually found in a tropical jungle habitat and can manage by watering your home at least once a month.

Boston Fern

Considered one of the easiest ferns to maintain, this unique plant will filter xylene and formaldehyde from the air. With its long leafy fronds, this plant benefits from moist soil, indirect sunlight and humid conditions, perfect for livening up your bathroom. 

Florist's Chrysanthemum

This pretty plant with flowers is also one of the most laborious. It clears the air of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, touline and ammonia. For best results, water this plant daily, light it directly and feed it every two weeks. Although it is beautiful with its flowers of different colors, the florist's chrysanthemum. It is also toxic to cats and dogs, so be careful where you place it.

Peace Lily

If you're looking for a great all-rounder, you can't pass up a peace lily. With its shiny green leaves and white flowers, this plant is incredibly hardy, easy to maintain and is one of the most effective, if not the best, air-purifying plants. It will remove most air pollutants, including benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, touline and ammonia. Native to the tropical forests of South America, this soldier needs very little light and water to survive. If he's a little less attractive to wear, drink a good shot and you'll see that he looks good.

Snake plant

Otherwise known as Mother-in-law's Tongue, this remarkable plant grows upright and purifies the air of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and touline. It's a good thing to keep in your room to improve air quality while you sleep - it converts carbon dioxide into oxygen at night. Be careful not to over-water your snake plant, give it plenty of sunshine and keep it away from pets.

English Ivy

This popular houseplant, also known as European Ivy or Hendra Helix, will purify the air of benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and touline. It has also been found to reduce mold in homes.  Give it a constant temperature, direct sunlight and lots of water, keeping the soil well drained. You should also keep it as an indoor plant only, as it can spread too aggressively when grown outdoors.

Broad-leaved Palm

Not only will this one give you the tropical luxury ambiance that is currently in fashion, but it is also one of the easiest palms to grow indoors, as it likes a dimly lit environment. Not only does it purify the air of trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene and ammonia, but it acts as a great humidifier and can perspire up to one liter of water per day. Water it weekly and feed it once or twice a year.
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