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Houseplants purify the air

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Science proves that plants filter the air and remove toxins. They negate the effects of smoke, absorb benzene, formaldehyde and/or trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene, and they provide oxygen. NASA has conducted experiments aboard the International Space Station to determine which plants are the best air purifiers.

Here is the list, provided through Mother Nature Network.. Click on the links for photos and more information:

English ivy (Hedera helix)

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Golden pothos or Devil's ivy (Scindapsus aures or Epipremnum aureum)

Peace lily (Spathiphyllum 'Mauna Loa')

Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)

Bamboo palm or reed palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)

Snake plant or mother-in-law's tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata'Laurentii')

Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium, syn.Philodendron cordatum)

Selloum philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum, syn.Philodendron selloum)

Elephant ear philodendron (Philodendron domesticum)

Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata)

Cornstalk dracaena (Dracaena fragans 'Massangeana')

Janet Craig dracaena (Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig')

Warneck dracaena (Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckii')

Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)

Gerbera daisy or Barberton daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)

Pot mum or florist's chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)

Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)

The next time you want to connect with nature, consider buying a low maintenance houseplant. They are available in grocery stores, big ox stores, garden centers, florists, and othe retail otlets. Bring nature inside and breathe easier.

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