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For centuries it has been acknowledged that plants are beneficial for our physical and mental well-being, and more recent studies have quantified why plants are so important in our modern environment.

Today’s homes, schools, hospitals and offices buildings tend to be well sealed, insulated and heated and this has been found to result in poor indoor air quality.  Sick Building Syndrome – where symptoms including eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, fatigue and irritability, chest tightness and wheezing, skin dryness and/or irritation are reported – is now understood to relate air quality.   Furnishings, detergents, wall coverings and paints can all give off Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – a large group of substances including toluene, xylene, benzene etc. which can result in these symptoms.

NASA has a particular interest in air quality in sealed environments such as space stations, and their studies have found that houseplants are very effective at removing pollutants and improving air quality.  Their findings were supported by scientists from the University of Copenhagen who carried out a wide-ranging review of over 100 studies into the impact of houseplants on air quality.

Different houseplants absorb pollutants at different rates, and below we have highlighted some of those that are most effective.  And the good news is that houseplants are both aesthetically pleasing and inexpensive!

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Known by the Egyptians as the “plant of immortality”, the gel of this succulent has been recognised for its healing properties for more than 6000 years and research continues today into its efficacious applications.  Effective in removing benzene, found in detergents and plastics and formaldehyde found in varnishes and floor finishes.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

This beautiful plant can improve your indoor air quality by as much as 60%.
It reduces the levels of mould spores and can absorb harmful household vapours including benzene, ammonia and acetone.
In bathrooms, the Peace Lily helps keep shower tiles and curtains free from mildew.

Spider Plant Chlorophytum

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum)

The ever-popular Spider plant can remove up to 90% of the toxins in your indoor air in just two days!
The leaves grow quickly and help absorb harmful substances like mould and other allergens so its the perfect plant for those with common dust allergies.


Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

Simply by being there, plants make us feel better, reduce stress and have a positive effect on concentration and memory.  .
Phalaenopsis orchid blooms are perfect and beautiful, bloom for 3 months or more and require remarkably little care and attention.  Tremendous value.


A favourite for its attractive flowers, the Chrysanthemum plant is excellent at mopping up many of the invisible pollutants in the air.  Place it in a sunny position and let it get on with purifying your air!

Ivy (Hedera helix)

The ivy has been shown to reduce the number of unsavoury air-borne particles, and is efficient in removing formaldehyde; a component in many household cleaning products.  It’s therefore an ideal plant for bathrooms and toilets which have natural light.

Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)

A native of Asia and Australia, the weeping fig can reach 30m in its natural habitat.  Particularly good at absorbing Xylene, Toluene and Formaldehyde which are found in furniture and common household products.  Sensitive to drafts and abrupt changes in light, this plant works well in sitting rooms.

Mother in law’s Tongue (Sanseviera)

Native to west Africa, the Sansevaria is a very efficient air-purifier,  removing 4 out of 5 of the main indoor airborne toxins.  It absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen overnight and so is particularly recommended for the bedroom.

Air Plants (Tillandsia)

Air plants—Tillandsia—are tropical
.  Epiphytes don’t root into soil; they attach their short wiry roots to trees, rocks, or even overhead cables,.

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Traditionally associated with Christmas, the Poinsettia is a native of Mexico and is extremely tender.

For further information about your Poinsettia and how to care for it please click here

Christmas flowering cactus (Schlumbergera)

With wonderful colour at Christmas, and attractive foliage all year round, this is one of the easiest houseplants you can choose.

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For sheer drama, the Amaryllis is difficult to beat!  With large, spectacular flowers on long, graceful stems, this bulb can be grown on year after year.

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