Blooming Plants To Clean the Air

On Monday, we talked about some easy to care for plants to clean the air. But what if boring green–or green and white–just isn’t your thing? What if you need some flowering plants in your life? Never fear! There are some flowering plants that will clean the air as well.

Admittedly the list is shorter than the list of green plants–and for good reason, of course. Presumably it is the leaves that do most of the work of cleaning the air.

But nevertheless, there still are some flowering plants that are great air cleaners. And the list includes some plants you might not expect.

Moth Orchid

Phalaenopsis (moth) orchid (as well as dendrobium orchid)–both excellent at removing xylene and toluene. The dendrobium will cause oral inflammation if chewed however in both animals and children so it might be wise to stick with moth orchids in homes with pets or children.

Florist chrysanthemum–while this plant is a master air scrubber, removing formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and other toxins from the air, it can be poisonous to dogs and cats so it wouldn’t be wise to bring it into a home with pets.


Anthurium–these plants are great at formaldehyde, xylene and toluene so they, like the mums, are master air scrubbers. They do need a high level of light to re-flower, however. And yes, these plants are usually red. As you can see, they do come in white as well, and there is a pink form too. So there are lots of choices for your décor.

2 thoughts on “Blooming Plants To Clean the Air

  1. Paul @ Eco Stores February 24, 2014 / 12:14 pm

    The phalaenopsis orchid is beautiful. we have some in our conservatory and they bring a touch of brightness to dull days, along with some fresh air

    • gardendaze February 24, 2014 / 1:06 pm

      As I was explaining to someone who was looking at them yesterday at our local flower show, they are one of the best bangs for the buck someone can buy. They are so long blooming–and then the air cleaning is a fabulous bonus!

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