Air Purifying Plant to remove formaldehyde

5 Best Air Purifying Indoor Plants to Remove Formaldehyde from the Air

Formaldehyde is one of the most common air toxins polluting our indoor air. It can contribute to sick building syndrome. The good news is, some houseplants are good air purifying indoor plants for removing formaldehyde. Below are the 5 best air purifying houseplants for removing formaldehyde. We based our research on a  NASA research study on Indoor Air Pollution.

Air Purifying Plant to remove formaldehyde
Air Purifying Plant to remove formaldehyde

5 Best Air Purifying Plants for Removing Formaldehyde from the Air

1. Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii) is one of the most effective air purifying plants for removing formaldehyde. It can fight sick building syndrome by removing benzene, and formaldehyde from the air. In fact, during a NASA research study, Parlor Palm is one of the top air purifying plants to remove formaldehyde from the air.

Parlor Palm
Parlor Palm

Parlor Palm is a very popular indoor palm that can tolerate low light conditions. It is a beautiful palm- popular since the Victoria era. 

NameParlor Palm
Botanical NameChamaedorea seifrizii
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright Indirect Light. Can Tolerate Low Light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityModerate Humidity
Toxic to Pets and HumansNon-Toxic
Air Purifying Plant Removes Formaldehyde, and Benzene.
Parlor Palm Houseplant Facts

2. Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ (Dracaena deremensis “Janet Craig”)

Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ (Dracaena deremensis “Janet Craig”) is one of the most effective air purifying houseplants to remove formaldehyde from the air.  It can effectively remove trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene, and formaldehyde. In fact, in a NASA research study, Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ is one of the top air purifying houseplants for removing formaldehyde from the air. 

Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig'
Dracaena deremensis ‘Janet Craig’

Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ is an easy to grow houseplant that can tolerate low light conditions. It is an attractive houseplant with glossy, graceful leaves.

NameDracaena ‘Janet Craig’
Botanical NameDracaena deremensis “Janet Craig”
Daytime Temperature65 to 75F (18-24C)
Night Time Temperature55-65F (13-18C)
LightBright Indirect Light. Can Tolerate Low Light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityModerate Humidity
Toxic to Pets and HumansToxic
Air Purifying Plant Removes trichloroethylene (TCE), Formaldehyde, and Benzene.
Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ Houseplant Facts

3. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is one of the most effective houseplant for removing formaldehyde from indoor air. It can effectively remove trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene, and formaldehyde. In fact, in a NASA research study, Snake Plant is one of the top houseplants for removing formaldehyde from the air. 

Snake Plant
Snake Plant

Snake Plant is a very popular houseplant that is almost indestructible. It is a tough houseplant that is easy to grow. Snake Plants are known for pointy, sword-like leaves.

NameSnake Plant
Botanical NameSansevieria trifasciata
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright, filtered Light but can tolerate low light
WaterModerate Water
HumidityTolerates dry air well
Toxic to Pets and HumansToxic
Air Purifying Plant Removes trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene, and formaldehyde

4. Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata previously known as Dracaena reflexa)

Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata previously known as Dracaena reflexa) is an effective air purifying indoor plant for removing formaldehyde from the air. It can also remove other air toxins such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and benzene. In fact, in a NASA study, Dragon Tree is one of the top air purifying houseplant in removing formaldehyde from the air.

Dragon Tree
Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree is an easy to grow houseplant. It is a popular houseplant since it is one of the few indoor trees that can tolerate low light conditions. It has graceful, ribbon-like leaves that are attractive and can make a statement. It is also known to bring luck. 

NameDragon Tree
Botanical NameDracaena marginata previously known as Dracaena reflexa
Daytime Temperature65 to 75F (18-24C)
Night Time Temperature55-65F (13-18C)
LightBright Indirect Light. Can Tolerate Medium Light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityModerate Humidity
Toxic to Pets and HumansToxic
Air Purifying Plant Removes trichloroethylene (TCE), Formaldehyde, and Benzene.

5. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.)

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.) is an air purifying houseplant that can effectively remove formaldehyde from the air. It can also remove other air toxins such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and benzene. In fact, in a NASA study, Peace Lily is one of the top plants in removing formaldehyde from the air.

Peace Lily
Peace Lily

Peace Lilies are easy to grow houseplants that can tolerate some neglect. Even if you forget to water your Peace Lily and it begins to wilt, you can revive it the next time you water it. Do know that your Peace Lily is toxic to pets and humans so keep it out of reach. 

NamePeace Lily
Botanical NameSpathiphyllum spp.
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightMedium Light. Can tolerate low light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Toxic to Pets and HumansToxic
Air Purifying Plant Removes acetone, benzene, and formaldehyde
Peace Lily Houseplant Facts

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