And you thought that they were just pretty

April 1, 2010

NASA did a study in the late 1980s and concluded that some houseplants can do double duty: they can make indoor spaces more beautiful and purify air contaminated by common chemicals.  American Libraries posted

Dracaena plant

 Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Trichloroethylene, Oh My!

The top “cleaning” plants, all easily available from your local nursery, include:

Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
English ivy (Hedera helix)
Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
Dracaena, notable varieties include Janet Craig, Marginata, and Warneckii (Dracaena deremensis)
Mass cane/Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans)
Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Pot mum (Chrysantheium morifolium)
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum varieties)

For a 2,000 square feet area, the study recommends using at least 15 plants of different varieties from the list to help purify the air.  They also recommend that the plants be grown in containers that are six inches or larger.

The three chemicals tested were formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.  These chemicals are found in cleaning products, paints and other things which are found in our libraries.

Plants do have a place in our libraries!

via American Libraries Direct

posting by Lorraine

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One Response to “And you thought that they were just pretty”

  1. myounker Says:

    sadly, i kill all house plants


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