Are you unable to spend quality time outdoors during the workday? Instead of depriving yourself of the many benefits of plants, bring the outside indoors with vibrant office plants. Their beautiful colors will not only visually perk up your desk, but also offer an array of health benefits through air purification.
Since 1989, many indoor plants have been recognized by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America for their
ability to purify indoor air from volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This includes potentially harmful pollutants such as trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and benzene, which are key culprits of “sick building syndrome.”The following are just a few of our favorite office-brightening and healthful plants:
- Peace Lily – Also known by its botanical name Spathiphyllum, the Peace Lily is happy to live on or next to your desk in the
office. This plant is known for its ability to thrive and bloom in low light conditions. They have been known to reach nearly three feet tall indoors and feature big, bold dark green leaves that contrast beautifully with their bright white blooms known as spaths. Peace Lilies are able to remove five of the most dangerous airborne toxins from indoor air: ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.
- Orchid– Orchids are loved by many for their exquisite and unique blooms that come in a variety of eye-catching colors. They must be placed in an area that receives a high amount of light (preferably at least six hours per day) in order to stay happy and healthy. These beautiful indoor plants can also be placed in an arrangement of up to four orchids or other small indoor plants of the same light requirement.
- Marginata– In offices that receive a medium amount of light, Marginatas can grow up to six feet tall with interesting branching patterns and leaves that range in shade from bright green to red-edged. A visually intriguing plant, Marginatas are excellent at producing oxygen as they filter out harmful VOCs, including benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. These plants are easy to grow and are able to recover quickly from neglect, making them ideal for busy offices that need a bit of cheering up without requiring constant care.
- Sansevieria– Commonly known as the “Mother-In-Law’s Tongue,” this versatile plant is widely used in indoors because of its ability to retain its colorful variegation while in low light conditions. They are considered virtually indestructible and can withstand long periods of neglect. The bright spiky leaves of the Sansevieria make for an intriguing addition to any office environment. They are also highly rated by NASA for their ability to remove volatile organic compounds such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.
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