If you read my blogs regularly you will know that I’m having a bit of a thing about houseplants at the moment. I can’t fib, it has taken me a while to get on-board with this trend. I think my hesitance is down to the fact that in a past life my houseplants followed me everywhere. Every time I moved house they came with me, more out of duty than genuine affection. In the end I just had to let some go, and it was really heart wrenching. I hate to see anything go to waste but, I no longer had space for them, so we had to say our fond farewells.

Indoor Plants As Air Filters

My newly found enthusiasm relates to their well-being benefits as much as to their appearance. Did you know that indoor plants act as air filters. Admittedly, the jury is still out as to how many plants are needed to clean the average living space but, hey, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.

According to author Sally Coulthard the Top 10 Indoor Plant Air Cleaners are:

  1. Areca palm
  2. Lady palm
  3. Bamboo palm
  4. Rubber plant
  5. Dracaena
  6. English Ivy
  7. Dwarf date palm
  8. Fig trees
  9. Boston fern
  10. Peace lily

My renewed interest in houseplants led me to buy two that are on this list without me even realising it. I think this shows that we’re not talking particularly exotic or expensive. (I bought my Peace Lily from Ikea for a song!)

The first of my new plants was Nephrolepis cordifloria, Duffii (dwarf) aka Fearne. She’s not actually on the list, however, her well known cousin, Boston Fern is in at #9.

Fern
Nephrolepis cordifloria, Duffii (dwarf)

The second to arrive was this is Areca (nicknamed Erica). Her scientific name is Chrysalidocarpus lutescens but she is more commonly known as a Parlour Palm.⠀She is a real star and is #1 on the list.

Areca palm
Chrysalidocarpus lutescens

My latest addition is a Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) aka Lily who is not just a pretty face. She is listed #10 on the list.

She joins Erica (aka Areca ) and Fearne (aka Nephrolepis cordifloria, Duffii (dwarf)) in my ever growing house plant collection. 

Repotted Peace Lily placed in a shaded window
Spathiphyllum

Have you gone potty about house plants? Do you give them names, or is it just me? If you found this blog edutaining the links below provide more fascinating facts about bringing nature into your home.

Enjoy x

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