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15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality

By: Julie Knapp on Jan. 29, 2016, 1:07 p.m.
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Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)

The colorful flowers of a mum can do a lot more than brighten a home office or living room; the blooms also help filter out benzene, which is commonly found in glue, paint, plastics and detergent. This plant loves bright light, and to encourage buds to open, you’ll need to find a spot near an open window with direct sunlight.

Want a plant to match your decor? You're usually in luck with mums. They come in nearly every color except true blue, according to Green Circle Growers. When choosing a plant for indoors, make sure you choose a floral mum and not a garden variety, which does best when planted outdoors.