23-Highest Oxygen Producing Air Purifying Plants

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Would you like to put your green thumb to work growing indoor plants that are not only beautiful but beneficial to your health and air quality?

Below we have compiled a list of 23 of the highest oxygen producing plants that clean the air and remove toxins.

highest oxygen producing plants

  1. Peace Lily
  2. Aloe Vera
  3. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
  4. Areca Palm
  5. Gerbera Daisy
  6. Rubber Plant
  7. Weeping Fig
  8. Chrysanthemums

Plants that release oxygen at night

  1. Peace Lily
  2. Spider Plant
  3. Orchid
  4. Snake Plant

Indoor plants that clean the air and remove toxins

  1. 2Devil’s Ivory
  2. Peace Lily
  3. Boston Fern
  4. Aloe Vera
  5. Flamingo Flower
  6. Lady Palm
  7. English Ivy
  8. Snake Plant
  9. Dracaena
  10. Weeping Fig
  11. Dwarf Date Palm
  12. Spider Plant
  13. Rubber Plant
  14. Areca Palm
  15. Chinese Evergreen
  16. Bamboo Palm
  17. Philodendron
  18. Chrysanthemum
  19. Pineapple Plant
  20. Kimberly Queen Fern
  21. Gerbera Daisy
  22. Spider Plant
  23. Money Plant
  24. Orchid

Epipremnum aureum - Devil's Ivory/Golden Pathos1.Epipremnum aureum – Devil’s Ivory/Golden Pathos

It’s called devil’s ivy because it’s near impossible to kill and it retains its green color even in the dark.

Golden pathos as it’s also called is a highly oxygenating house plant that according to NASA’s study is natural air purifier responsible for removing such toxic substances as:

Pollutants removed

  • Benzene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene
  • Trichloroethylene

Spathiphllum -Peace Lily2.Spathiphllum –Peace Lily

Peace lily basically means “spoon leaves” in Greek. But it is also become a recognized symbol for the resurrection of Jesus Christ and is popular during the Easter season and funerals.

Peace lily is also a top 10 NASA researched house plant that is responsible for air purification.

Pollutants removed

  • Benzene
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene
  • Trichloroethylene

Nephrolepis exaltata v. Bostoniesis - Boston fernNephrolepis exaltata v. Bostoniesis –
Boston fern

How did the Boston fern get its name?
Apparently a Floridian nurseryman named John sear loved the look of the common sword fern so much that he sent his friend located in Boston so many that it took on the name Boston fern. Ok then…

Boston fern is a Hardy house plant that makes the list of air purifying plants responsible for removing dangerous gases from the air.

Pollutants removed

  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene

barbadensis -Aloe veraA. barbadensis –Aloe vera

Aloe vera is also called the burn plant because of its medicinal properties that lend it to being good for treating Burns.
It is easily the most popular of all “first aid plants” and there’s not too many of us that don’t at least have a bottle of aloe vera sunscreen somewhere.

It also makes the list of highly oxygenating plants that are capable of purifying the air.

Pollutants removed

  • Formaldehyde

Anthurium andraeanum -Flamingo LilyAnthurium andraeanum –Flamingo Lily

Flamingo Lily or flower is also known as painters palette. It’s striking beauty is its calling card. It’s red pointed leaves almost look like they have been painted with nail polish.

But beauty isn’t everything and flamingo flowers have another allure.
They are one of nature’s top air purifiers.

Pollutants removed

  • Toluene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene
  • Ammonia

Rhapis excelsa - Lady PalmRhapis excelsa – Lady Palm

Lady Palm is also called bamboo palm because of its likeness to bamboo. Lady Palm makes an excellent and elegant house plant that grows best and like to heavy shade. And because of the denseness of it, it also makes a great privacy barrier.

As part of NASA’s indoor air plant plant study, Lady Palm has also been outed for its excellent natural air purification.

Pollutants removed

  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene
  • Ammonia

Hedera helix - English IvyHedera helix – English Ivy

The English ivy is called exactly that if you are in North America, but if you are in it’s native environment, it would be called The Irish ivy or the Atlantic ivy.
Ivy is actually a word that means eternity, which can describe the evergreen nature of the English ivy well. It’s popularly known as a climber that can get up to 100 ft tall.

It also lands on NASA’s list of air purifying plants at number one. The top dog.

Pollutants removed

  • Formaldehyde
  • Benzene

Sansevieria -Mother-in-law's tongue / snake plantSansevieria –Mother-in-law’s tongue / snake plant

This plant has the most descriptive names that it goes by, and each one describe it very well.

Not only does the plant look like snakes that are being charmed and coming out of a basket, the leaves resemble swords that could fit right in St George’s hand.

Snake plant is one of those house plants that takes care of itself and needs very little attention.

It is also known to release oxygen at night making it a excellent house plant to keep in your bedroom.

Pollutants removed

  • Formaldehyde
  • Benzene
  • Xylene
  • Trichloroethylene

Dracaena Deremensis - Dracaena /Janet CraigDracaena Deremensis – Dracaena /Janet Craig

Dracaena is Greek for female dragon, which conjures images of a mythical origin. But the other name that goes by is Janet Craig. Which doesn’t exactly fit into the theme of a mystical fiery dragon.

But Miss Janet turns out to be a excellent house plant to help filter out airborne contaminants in your home.

Pollutants removed

  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene
  • Trichloroethylene

Ficus Benjamina - weeping figFicus Benjamina – weeping fig

The Weeping fig gets its name from its sensitive temperament.
The ficus weeping fig is a delicate house plant that does not like to be moved. And when it does get moved, it’s leaves can start falling off like tears.

It is also said that Buddha became enlightened under a fig tree. Who knows?
But what we do know is that it is a excellent oxygenating house plant that can help purify your air.

Contaminants removed

  • Formaldehyde
  • Benzene
  • Trichloroethylene

Phoenix roebelenii - pygmy date palm/Dwarf Phoenix roebelenii – pygmy date palm/Dwarf 

Also called the dwarf date palm, the pygmy date is a much shorter palm tree hence the name pygmy which implies smaller. One interesting feature that dwarf date palms have is what looks to be a pineapple at the base of the palms when it is pruned.

Dwarf date palms have been found to remove toxins from the air including:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene

Chlorophytum comosum -Spider plantChlorophytum comosum –Spider plant

Spider plant is usually assumed to get its name from the spidery look of the plant. But the actual truth is entirely different.

Spider plant gets its name because it was once believed to be an antidote for spider bites. And not because anyone has ever been cured by a spider plant, but because it is easily mistaken for another plant, St Bernard’s Lily, that does have a history of being used as a treatment for spider bites…

Spider plants are one of the easiest plants to take care of which makes it a great house plant for beginners.

It also makes NASA’s list of natural household air purifiers with the capacity to filter:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene

Ficus elastica - rubber plantFicus elastica – rubber plant

Rubber plan is another plant that you may assume that gets its name from the rubbery look of its leaves. Nope.

Rubber actually refers to the sap of the rubber plant that has a history of being used for making rubber.

One of the more striking plants, it can reach the ceiling within a few years with regular pruning.

As a indoor air purifying plant, it is able to help remove airborne contaminants like:

  • Benzene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene
  • Trichloroethylene

Dypsis lutescens- butterfly Palm/ Areca palmDypsis lutescens- butterfly Palm/ Areca palm

The Areca palm there’s also called a butterfly Palm which gives a hint to how it is named. Its name is a reference to how it’s leaves bend upwards and flare around creating a butterfly look.

As part of NASA’s 50 household plants researched for their air purification qualities, Areca/ butterfly Palm is a large house plant that came in at the top of the list.

Contaminants removed

  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Benzene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene
  • Trichloroethylene

Aglaonema modestum - Chinese evergreenAglaonema modestum – Chinese evergreen

Chinese evergreen is considered to be a good luck plant in its native China.
It is also called painted drop tongue or Silver Queen. Both which refer to its Silvery painted leaves with a green border.

Chinese evergreen makes an excellent apartment house plant because of it’s need of low-level light and it’s capacity as a natural air purifier.

Contaminants that the Chinese evergreen removes are:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene

Chamaedorea seifrizii - Bamboo palmChamaedorea seifrizii – Bamboo palm

Bamboo palm resembles bamboo at the stems with rings around the trunk thus giving it it’s simple descriptive name. It’s leaves or distinctively deep green which give it a tropic foliage appearance.

Though not hard to take care of, they can easily outgrow you and get up to 12 ft tall.
As a natural air purifier, bamboo palm can filter the following airborne contaminants:

  • Benzene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Trichloroethylene

PhilodendronPhilodendron Philodendron

Philodendron goes by the name “Philodendron”. Who needs a nickname?

Philodendron is a beautiful plant with large imposing leaves. It also could be considered a “mothering” plant because it produces cataphylls that are leaves that are modified to protect new forming leaves.

It is one of NASA’s top 50 plants for removing formaldehyde in the home.

Chrysanthemums MumsChrysanthemums Mums

Chrysanthemums are known for their exquisite beauty and in some cultures symbolize long life and rebirth, but in some parts of Europe they symbolize death. And are only used and given out is a symbol of grief or bereavement.

With more heritage than your average floral, they have also become known as one of the best natural air purifiers for your home.

Keeping chrysanthemums around can help reduce airborne pollutants like:

  • Ammonia
  • Benzene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene

Ananas Comosus Pineapple plantAnanas Comosus Pineapple plant

Pineapple, neither a pine or an apple. It’s actually a group of berries that have amalgamated. Pineapple plant can take up to 2 years to create one single pineapple.

The pineapple plant absorb CO2 and releases oxygen at night. This capacity to increase air quality at night has made it a “miracle cure” for snoring.

And if you’re lucky enough to live in a high altitude, you may eventually enjoy a slice of pineapple after you’ve had a good night’s sleep.

Nephrolepis obliterata -Kimberly Queen fernNephrolepis obliterata –Kimberly Queen fern

Kimberly Queen fern also goes by the name Australian sword fern and as you may have guessed it originates in Australia. Kimberly Queen is merely the trade name for the species.

Kimberly Queen fern grows best in high humidity so it’s capacity to reduce airborne pollutants that can be greater in areas with high humidity, make it not only a beautiful fanning plant but a excellent natural indoor air purifier.

Contaminants removed

  • Benzene
  • Formaldehyde

Gerbera jamesonii - gerbera daisyGerbera jamesonii – gerbera daisy

The Cabrera Daisy gets its name after a naturalist in the 1970s named Traugott Gerber. Who named after the German botanist, it was actually hey Scott’s man named Robert Jameson that was responsible for discovering the flower.

Gerbera daisies are not only bright and colorful they are great for filtering your air and release their oxygen at night.

Air pollutants removed

  • Benzene
  • Trichloroethylene

Crassula ovata- Money PlantCrassula ovata- Money Plant

The origins of how money plant gets its name range from the leaves look like silver dollars to the belief that the plant brings you luck which in turn brings you wealth.

Also called the jade plant, money plant absorbs CO2 and releases oxygen at night. It is also a NASA researched air purifier that can reduce chemicals like:

  • Benzene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene
  • Toluene

Orchidaceae -OrchidOrchidaceae –Orchid

How did the orchid get its name? A little shocking.

The story goes that Orhis in Greek mythology was the son of a nymph and a satyr. On the occasion of a festival of Dionysus, he became belligerently drunk and attempted to rape a priestess. For this, the God’s turned him into a flower.

Orchids absorb carbon monoxide at night and release oxygen as well as filters xylene from the air.

Making them an excellent plant for your bedroom.

Does that mean that Orchis was repentant and decided to become a giver instead of a taker?