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 Due to research by Christopher Hallowell, Baruch College, New Your City, who along with other scientists, is studying how plants can eat common airborne pollutants.  Instead of buying expensive purifiers, let Mother Nature do her work.  Plants will soften and slow the flow of energy down in a fast moving house or garden.  Here are some common plants to consider, if your air needs cleaning.

Plants That Eat Ammonia

Ammonia is found in many cleaning supplies.  Check the labels.

            Lady palm (Rapis excelsa)

Lilyturf (Liriope Spicata)

Flamingo lily (Anthruiiium Andraea)

Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum).

I.                   Plants That Eat Benzene

Benzene is a flammable liquid found in solvents and cleaning fluids.  Check the labels.

            Gerber (Gerbera Jamesonii)

            Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum)

            English ivy (Hedera Helix)

            Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

            Drecaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’)

II.                General Poison Eaters

If you are unsure of which toxins are polluting your air, a plant that eats more than one toxin may be just what the doctor ordered.

            Peace lily (Spathiphyllum):  ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, xylene

            Flamingo lily(Anthurium Andraeanum): ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene

            Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina): ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene

            Tulip (Tulipa): ammonia, formaldehyde, sylene

            English ivy (Hedera Helix): ammonia, benzene, xylene

If you rent or own home furnishings, carpets, and paints that exhale toxins into your living space, the next plant you buy may save your life.





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