Allergy season is among us here in Scottsdale and while the yellow blooms of the Palo Verde are beautiful from afar, they are a nuisance to our noses.  We should take advantage of the relief that comes from stepping inside our homes and improve the air quality indoors. 

What allows a plant to improve the air quality in your home?  The NASA Clean Air Study analyzed a wide arrange of plants and found the ones below have unique qualities that naturally cleanse the air of toxins that can be harmful to your health. 

House plants make pretty efficient purifiers and it is recommended to have at least 2 plants (10-12 inch diameter pots) per 100 SQFT of living space.  Let’s take a closer look at 5 house plants that have the ability to improve our air quality while enjoying the comforts of our own living room.

Peace Lily | This lily is wildly successful at removing harmful toxins from the air and very easy to keep alive.  Simply put the plant in a dark corner of the room, water once a week and it will purify an entire room.  (Be careful as it can be mildly toxic to humans and pets if ingested.)

Chrysanthemum | This bright and beautiful plant brings color into the room while reducing the amount of chemicals commonly found in the air at home.  Keep this beauty in the direct sunlight and make sure to water a few times a week.  (Be careful as it can be poisonous to animals if ingested.)   

Snake Plant | Also known as the Mother-In-Law’s Tongue this plant packs a punch at absorbing airborne toxins.  Known for its hardy qualities, the snake plant likes the right amount of light and requires little water.  (Be careful as it can be poisonous to animals if ingested.)   

Lady Palm | This mighty palm can grow up to 6 feet creating depth among other plants in your home.  They prefer a low level of light and a high level of water.  The Lady Palm can be an indoor or outdoor plant as it likes a wide range of temperatures.

Devil’s Ivy | With it’s evergreen vines and small variegated heart shaped leaves this plant can also make a lovely hanging basket.  Devil’s Ivy enjoys sunlight and lots of water.  (Be careful as it can be poisonous to animals if ingested.)