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15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality

By: Julie Knapp on Jan. 29, 2016, 1:07 p.m.
Gerber Daisy

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Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)

This bright, flowering plant is effective at removing trichloroethylene, which you may bring home with your dry cleaning. It’s also good for filtering out the benzene that comes with inks. Add one to your laundry room or bedroom — presuming you can give it lots of light.

Gerberas (sometimes called gerber daisies) like well-drained soil, so be sure pots have drainage holes. Mist leaves a couple times a week and make sure plants get at least six hours of direct sunlight every day, suggests Gardens.com. Brightly colored cut blooms can last as long as two weeks.