Earth Day Thursday- Double Duty Plants

It was a 60 degree blue sky day in Denver yesterday.

I'm not trying to gloat or anything, just setting the scene for the post.  I was breezing through Home Depot looking for metal picture hangers when a BIG sign caught my eye,


I guess it was the feeling of spring in the air that got me, but that giant potted palm came home with me. It is amazing how plants and flowers can add life to a room, brighten my mood, and work for me.

"Wait Kim, how is a plant working for me?"

I am SO glad you asked-or else I would have no reason for writing this post.

I have found some plants that can pull double duty and here is my hit list.

 #1 Boston Fern

This is a great plant for removing pollutants and VOC's from the air inside your home. Just remember to keep it damp and mist the leaves frequently. OR-you could try an asparagus fern - if are into feng shui a hanging plant lifts energy and the asparagus fern doesn't droop, which pushes energy back to the floor.

 #2 Hoya

(or waxplant/waxvine/waxflower)

This one will deliver a lovely fragrance and freshen up any room.  It is a super easy climber and had pink and white flowers to make you smile:) Healthy living is also about feelin happy after all!

#3 Golden Pathos

This one may be my favorite. I have them all over my house and they are virtually impossible to kill. This one helps to remove benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide from the air.  You can also snip some vines, put them in water, and they will root for replanting.

#4 Bamboo Palm

This is another good one for removing benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide from the air. Of course this isn't the palm I bought today, but tomorrow is another day

#5 Mother-in-Law's Tongue

Here is another easy to find and easy to care for plant that will remove toxins from the air. This one converts CO2 to O2 at night and is most helpful in your bedroom.

Really with my entire house being all closed up for the winter, I feel like I need to stock up and freshen up our indoor environment.

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  1. Great post Kim. I really like the palms and MIL’s tongue. This wacky weather has given me Spring fever. I think some indoor greenery will help liven up the place. Thanks for the info!

  2. I have followed your blog for while and really do love it. When your earth day Thursday’s come up I usually breeze over them but no more. This post gave me something to think about and a baby step into changing my thinking!
    Thanks! No more breezing by!!

    • Hey Lisa!
      Thanks for sticking with me and I am so excited that I caught your attention with this one:) Every little thing we do really does make a difference. And this one is pretty and sweet smelling too!

  3. Nice post Kim.
    Just a word of warning about Hoyas, they are a big family and some members are, frankly, very stinky. I had one that smelled like a mix between rotten garbage and chlorine 🙂
    If you stick to Hoya carnosa you’ll be safe, they smell lovely.

  4. Love the pothos — they can survive my benign neglect policy! Great information, too! I’d love it if you would consider linking with Busy Monday (open Monday through Thursdays) at A Pinch of Joy, a linky party for ideas that make life better, easier and more fun!

  5. great tips, i just wish i knew which ones were toxic to pets when i see them in the store. but right here, i was able to look them up and see the mother in law’s tongue, the pothos, and the asparagus fern (but strangely not the boston fern) are toxic to cats. just in case you or your readers needed to know that. 🙂

  6. I always try to have plants and greenery in my home and office too. Great post!

    I am hosting my weekly linky party on Saturday (Say G’Day Saturday) and I would be thrilled if you could join in and link up this informative post!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha In Oz

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