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Clean Air Plants

Clean Air Plants
For centuries people have brought plants indoors to decorate their homes.  There’s just something about the lush, living greenness that comforts and soothes the soul.  Now there is scientific evidence to corroborate that feeling. 

In 1989 a study was conducted by NASA to find what effects plants have on air quality.  Over a period of two years they tested 19 common houseplants on their ability to remove chemicals from the air.  The chemicals tested were formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.  These chemicals were selected because of their prevalence in the home environment and their potential negative impact on our health.  Results of this study indicated that all the plants tested did improve air quality, although some plants were better than others at eliminating a specific chemical.

 

Golden pothos, spider plants, and heartleaf philodendron performed best for formaldehyde removal.  Formaldehyde is found in cigarette smoke, kerosene, natural gases used for cooking and heating, and is also found in many building and cleaning materials.  Benzene was best removed by the flowering plants, gerbera daisies and chrysanthemums.  Snake plant, English ivy, peace lilies, and bamboo palm were also very effective at benzene removal.  Benzene is a common solvent found in oils and paints.  Gerbera daisies, peace lilies, and bamboo palm were also the most effective at removal of trichloroethylene, a chemical found in paints, varnishes, inks, and adhesives.

 

Here is a list of all the plants tested and their indoor light requirements:

 

LOW to MEDIUM  LIGHT 

Aglaonema (Chinese evergreen)                 

Chamaedorea sefritzii (bamboo palm)                   

Chlorophytum (spider plant)                      

Dracaena ‘Massangeana’ (corn plant)         

Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’                                

Dracaena ‘Warneckii’                                  

Dracaena […]

Butterfly Garden

PERENNIALS & SHRUBS
THAT ATTRACT BUTTERFLIES
Your butterfly garden should be planted in the sunniest location in your garden. Butterflies need the warmth of the sun to raise their body temperatures. Be sure to include purple, pink, yellow, and white flowers in the garden as these colors attract butterflies. Supply food (host) plants for the caterpillars to munch, as well as nectar plants for the butterflies. A small saucer of water is beneficial also for butterfly puddling.

Absolutely NO PESTICIDES should be used in a butterfly garden.

 

Perennials  (H)=Host Plant

Achillea   -Yarrow

Alcea(H)  -Hollyhock

Aquilegia(H)  -Columbine

Asclepias(H)   -Butterfly Weed

Aster(H)

Baptisia(H)   – False Indigo

Chelone(H)   – Turtlehead

Echinacea -Cone Flower

Echinops -Globe Thistle

Eupatorium(H)  -Joe Pye Weed

Gaillardia  -Blanket Flower    

Heliopsis(H)  -Sunflower

Iberis  -Candy Tuft

Lavender

Leucanthemum     -Shasta Daisy

Liatris  -Gay Feather        

Lilies                             

Lupine(H)

Monarda   -Bee Balm

Nepeta  -Catmint

Peony

Tall Phlox

 

 
Trees and Shrubs (H)=Host Plant

Alder Tree(H)

All Fruit Trees(H)                  

All Fruiting Shrubs(H)

Azalea

Birch Tree

Butterfly Bush

Clethra

Dogwood(H)

Lilac(H)

Maple Tree

Mockorange

Oak Tree

Potentilla

Pussywillow

Redbud Tree

Serviceberry(H)

Spirea

Viburnum(H)

Weigela

Willow(H)