Top 16 Indoor Plants which Purify Air and Gives Oxygen at Night

Indoor Plants which Purify Air and Gives Oxygen at Night

I can’t be wrong if I say plants are synonymous with life, because life is only possible because of plants. All of them carry different features as some are best for some medicinal purposes whereas some are best for purifying the air. I have covered the air-purifying plants in this topic.

Highest Oxygen Producing Indoor Plants That Clean the Air and Remove Toxins

All plants produce oxygen but in different quantities. Some of them produce it all day and night and some of them can produce only for a few hours. Oxygen is produced by the absorption of carbon dioxide and in the presence of sunlight. But some plants absorb other harmful gases too and produce oxygen for us for many hours. Let’s have a look at them.

1. Snake Plant

Snake Plant

Good health requires all good food, environment as well as fresh air. Nowadays most of the cities are struggling with the strong issue of air pollution. The snake plant is an indoor plant that is very helpful in purifying the air. As per a report generated by NASA, it removes xylene, formaldehyde, toluene, and nitrogen oxides. NASA used this plant for its astronauts, to provide them fresh air.

It is found to be one of the most oxygen-producing plants, even in the night, therefore it is an ideal air-purifying plant. It should be placed in rooms, public spots, and workplaces. Lack of fresh air can cause irritation, allergy, nausea, etc.

It also carries some Feng Shui benefits and suggested to keep in the Southeast direction. You can also keep it in the south or east direction. As per Chinese Feng Shui, it is considered as very auspicious plant and it welcomes beauty, health, strength, etc. things in your home.

2. Areca Palm

Areca Palm

Areca Palm is very well known for its air-purifying properties, apart from this it is also famous for a beautiful appearance. They work as a natural air purifier when placed in rooms because they can easily absorb the bad air within your room. Nowadays due to air conditioners, people keep their rooms closed most of the time and this deprives the natural air of the room.

In such a scenario it is very good to have an Areca palm in your home; it purifies the air and brings fresh air for you. The life span of Areca palm is of 10 years. It is helpful in removing toxins like acetone, toluene from the air. These gases are very much harmful to your lungs and for the development of the nervous system in small children. So, it is recommended to have areca palm in your home and enjoy the fresh air.

3. Syngonium


They are marked as very tough plants that hardly die. They are also known as Nephthytis, Goosefoot, Syngonium Podophyllum, etc. They are very good air purifiers and apart from this, it is a belief that these plants also carry good luck with them.

They attract positive energy and keep your stress and worries away. They remove all types of indoor air impurities and works as a natural air purifier. They are helpful in removing toxic gases like toluene, benzene, etc. from the air and provide you fresh air. They grow easily and should not be kept in direct sunlight.

4. Croton


It is a decorative plant that also carries air purifying qualities. They are available in vibrant colors like yellow, red, orange, etc. they are eye-catching and adds good vibes to your drawing-room. The only care should be taken is to not to move them because this can harm them and they can start losing their leaves.

They are good air purifiers and absorb all kinds of irregularities from the air and give you fresh air. So, if you are planning to have some indoor plants then Croton is a good option and you should go for it.

5. Money Plant (Epipremnum aureum – Devil’s Ivy)

Money Plant

Epipremnum aureum is also known as Devil’s Ivy and Golden Pothos and can be easily seen in many houses. The other most popular name of Epipremnum is the Money plant. They are evergreen plants with heart-shaped leaves.

They are helpful in removing various types of impurities from the air and gives oxygen. As per Feng Shui, it also brings good luck to you. It removes stress and is also helpful in dealing with any kind of sleep disorder.

6. Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen

It is marked as one of the strongest plants which do not need much care and can grow in any type of indoor situation. The green and big leaves look attractive and the air-purifying quality can really keep you away from many diseases. They are helpful in removing formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, benzene, etc like impurities from the air and give us fresh air.

Fresh air can change our mood and makes us feel fresh. When we are fresh it automatically reduces stress. They can even grow in less sunlight; it also needs very less water and fertilizers. They justify their name of being evergreen in any situation and one should really have them.

7. Dracaena Fragrans

Dracaena Fragrans

Dracaena is very well known for its looks and it has been also marked as one of the most oxygen-producing plants by NASA. It can purify up to 80% of volatile organic compounds from the air. Having dracaena can reduce air pollution form your home and provides you good air and reduces the risk of most of the respiratory and kidney diseases.

They release fresh air and can also increase the humidity of your room, because of their more water releasing the property. They are good absorbent of some harmful gases like benzene, trichloroethylene, carbon dioxide, etc.

8. Spider Plant

Spider Plant

It is one of those indoor plants which removes the carbon impurities from the air and works as a natural air purifier for your home. NASA also proved the air purifying qualities of Spider Plants in the late 80’s itself.

As we know indoor air becomes more polluted than outdoor, so it becomes necessary for us to have some purifying tool and nature has the best solution for all. They won’t need electricity to purify the air and are very easy to handle and can be grown very easily.

9. Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe Vera Plant

It is a single plant with multiple benefits, one can use the plant in multiple ways like the gel within can be used on all kinds of burn or to cure any kind of skin issues. Whereas the aloe vera leaves can be used for treating asthma. Apart from all these known benefits, the plant is also helpful in purifying the air. As per a report by NASA, Aloe Vera has been proved as one of the best plants in purifying the air. NASA published researched this for its astronauts.

Aloe vera removes volatile organic compounds from air and absorbs carbon dioxide and releases an abundant amount of oxygen.

10. English Ivy

English Ivy

This is also known as Hedera helix, they are green color plants used for decorating walls of your garden area. They reduce the growth of mold in your home. You can have this plant in your balcony or in the garden area; they are famous for their air-purifying quality. You can try this English Ivy in your home and have fresh air.

11. Lady Palm

Lady Palm

It is one of the most attractive show plants and can be easily seen in hotels, public places, and gardens. They have fan-like leaves and look very strong.

They are helpful in removing formaldehyde and ammonia from air and improve the quality of the air. The presence of formaldehyde in the air can also cause cancer like serious disease and Lady Palm is a very good absorbent of all impurities. They can easily grow indoor and even look very good.

12. Pathiphyllum (Peace Lily)

Peace Lily

The green color within plants itself brings positive vibes and when they bear some special qualities it automatically increases its importance. Similarly, Peace lily looks so beautiful and also carries air-purifying quantities.

It is helpful in removing trichloroethylene, benzene, xylene, formaldehyde, toluene, and ammonia-like impurities from the air and one should really have them. The big leaves also look very attractive and increase the beauty of your drawing room.

13. Boston Fern

Boston Fern

Generally, plants perform photosynthesis during the day, in the presence of sunlight they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Similarly, Boston Fern is one of the most popular show plants. They are good absorbent of benzene and formaldehyde like polluted gases which can be easily found in your house.

The main sources of these harmful gases are plastics, smoke from cigarettes, detergents, etc. NASA has also marked Boston Fern for its air-purifying qualities. They do not need to be in direct contact with sunlight and can easily grow even in your room. The only thing they need is moisture. It is very simple to take care of them and one can easily have them in their home.

14. Weeping Fig

Weeping Fig

Weeping Fig is marked as very sensitive plants because they get easily affected by their change in position, low light, or lack of nitrogen. The irregular water supply can also affect them, they need proper care. They are amazing air purifiers and are helpful in removing toxic gases like benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, etc. from your home.

Apart from the air-purifying quality they also bear some medicinal properties. The leaves and roots of the plant are helpful in dealing with any type of cuts and wounds.

15. Fittonia Albivenis’Frankie’ (also called Mosaic palnt or Nerve Plant)

It is an evergreen indoor perennial plant that grows up to 4 to 6 inches tall. It looks like a flower due to its pink leaves having a dark green edge and white veins. It gets faint without water soon however revived back easily upon watering. ‘Frankie’ has pink leaves with frilly, green edges. It does not require direct sunlight and has good air purifying capacity, thus it is very easy to handle and care this indoor plant for air purification at night.

16. Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)

It is known as a great entry plant having green sword-like leaves with red edges. It is, a slow-growing drought-tolerant plant, very easy to grow and care within the home. It is a highly effective air purifying indoor plant because it removes various toxic chemicals (formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, CO2, etc) from the air, thus helps us with various health issues.

Other Most Effective Air Purifying Indoor Plants

  • Ficus
  • Rubber Tree
  • Flamingo Lily
  • Philodendron
  • Pot Mum
  • Gerbera Daisy


Plants are the best air purifiers, all they need is a mug of water and some care. They are much cheaper than electric air purifiers, with a lot of features according to Vastu and Feng Shui. Green color automatically changes our mood and makes us happy. Try these air-purifying plants and lead a healthy life and stay tuned to health helical for more interesting articles.

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