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The peace lily (Latin name Spathiphyllum) was elected “desk plant of the year 2007”! The peace lily is the most popular plant to have on your desk while working. The peace lily was elected the No. 1 desk plant because of its ability to refresh the air. The peace lily apparently generates lots of oxygen. The peace lily is the ideal desk plant, a professional jury even said that the peace lily makes you happy when looking at it every now and then.
The peace lily has dark green leaves that can be more than one foot long. The plant is full and uniform, and according to experts it changes sight constantly, which is the reason that it is an interesting plant to look at. The peace lily has white flowers, or spathes, surrounding a creamy white spadix.
Four other contesters in the race towards becoming the desk plant of the year 2007 were the Chrysalidocarpus, Dracaena “Janet Craig”, Chamaedorea and Rhapis. All of these plants were judged on different aspects that would make a good desk plant. The most important aspect, however, was the purifying power of each plant. The peace lily (spathiphyllum) appeared to be able to purify the air from dangerous matters such as formaldehyde and to raise the humidity in the office. The purifying power of the peace lily is confirmed by NASA, where it was proven that the peace lily even purifies the air from cigarette smoke, the smell of printers and smell of gasoline while at the same time adding more oxygen to the air. Besides these interesting qualities, the plant has a friendly sight and a dynamic that makes it a pleasure to look at.
Top Houseplants for Improving Indoor Air Quality
The recommended plants can be found below. Note that all the plants in the list are easily available from your local nursery.
1. Philodendron scandens `oxycardium’, heartleaf philodendron
2. Philodendron domesticum, elephant ear philodendron
3. Dracaena fragrans `Massangeana’, cornstalk dracaena
4. Hedera helix, English ivy
5. Chlorophytum comosum, spider plant
6. Dracaena deremensis `Janet Craig’, Janet Craig dracaena
7. Dracaena deremensis `Warneckii’, Warneck dracaena
8. Ficus benjamina, weeping fig
9. Epipiremnum aureum, golden pothos
10. Spathiphyllum `Mauna Loa’, peace lily
11. Philodendron selloum, selloum philodendron
12. Aglaonema modestum, Chinese evergreen
13. Chamaedorea sefritzii, bamboo or reed palm
14. Sansevieria trifasciata, snake plant
15. Dracaena marginata , red-edged dracaena
For an average home of under 2,000 square feet, the study recommends using at least fifteen samples of a good variety of these common houseplants to help improve air quality. They also recommend that the plants be grown in six inch containers or larger.
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