Selecting and positioning the right office plants could be more important than you thought. Getting the right plants for a space can ultimately make an office or coworking space more healthy and relaxing. 

Research has shown that plants can remove as much as 87 percent of airborne toxins in as little as 24 hours. They also improve concentration and productivity by up to 15 percent, reduce stress levels and boost your mood.

Ready to have clean fresh air flowing through your office? Here’s a list of five plants that are perfect to help purify the air. 


Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Commonly known as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, this yellow-tipped succulent is a great plant to have in the bedroom, as it releases oxygen at night, helping you to breathe better while sleeping. It is one of the best plants for filtering the air of formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene. Our number one tip is be mindful not to overwater this plant as the roots are prone to rot in moist soil.

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Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Easy care with big benefits, the Peace Lily requires little light or water to remain healthy, which is why they are a popular indoor plant. It helps to reduce the levels of mold spores that grow in common areas in the office by absorbing those spores through its leaves and then circulating them to the plant’s roots where they are used as food. 

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Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

Although, one of the most difficult to grow, Chrysanthemums are a great flower option to add a bit of colour to your worplce. These pretty blooms help to filter out a number of toxins including ammonia and benzene, which are often found in plastics, detergents, and glue. Chrysanthemums enjoy good airflow, bright indirect sunlight and watering with warm water only. 

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Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum)

Also known as air plants, Spider Plants are a great plant for beginners, with little attention needed. When thriving, Spider Plants send out shoots of baby spider plants called spiderettes. The toxins they remove from the air include formaldehyde and xylene.

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Devil’s Ivy or pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Growing up to 8 feet long, this indestructible plant flourishes in a variety of conditions. It is considered an effective indoor air purifier for eliminating a number of toxins including formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, carbon monoxide, and more!

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Additional great plants to have around the office to help with air purification include, English Ivy, Aloe Vera, Rubber plants, Boston Fern, Chinese Evergreen, Dracaena and Palms (Areca, Bamboo, Dwarf Date and Lady Palms).

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