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Air Purifying Plants to Help Friends Breathe Easy

Collection of Green Air Purifying Plants and Succulents

Before you send your loved ones a bundle of blooming beauties bursting with powerful pollen, consider air purifying plants as a thoughtful gift that won’t give them anything to sneeze about. Flowers are our go-to-gift to send friends, family and partners for any occasion, but we all have those close to us who get teary-eyed when we bring them flowers, which has nothing to do with their emotions.

It’s true, some of us are just allergic to everything. Which means we can only really appreciate flowers from afar, with plenty of ventilation and probably allergy meds. Without making an endless list of who’s allergic to what, it’s unlikely you’re going to keep a record of everyone’s medical history.

Luckily, flower alternatives and plants can clean the air around the people who could use a little fresh air. Since plenty of these plants are hypoallergenic, air purifying plants are an easy option everyone can appreciate.

Air Purifying Plants – A Gift that’s Nothing to Sneeze At

Friends and fam on your gift list may be allergic to succulents and cacti by touch, but it’s unlikely they’ll be brave enough to stick their noses close enough to make physical contact. I mean ouch, right?

The majority of succulents and cacti don’t produce any pollen unless they have flowers and are actively in bloom. Special note on certain kinds of euphorbias: some people with latex allergies may experience contact dermatitis or other allergic reactions if their skin comes into contact with the plant itself. Not that they would, but no rubbing the rubber trees okay?

For most folks, getting a succulent delivered instead of flowers eliminates the bulk of allergens cast into the wind by dropping flowers on their desk or doorstep.

Air Cleaning Plants to Help Friends Breathe Free

We know that plants and succulents deliver a stream of oxygen during the day when they’re making food and they give off carbon dioxide at night. According to a NASA study, there are common plants that have been proven to use their natural processes to filter toxins from the air.

Chinese Evergreen

For centuries Chinese evergreens were meant to bring people luck. You may still get lucky if these little air purifiers keep you breathing easy. Chinese evergreens are a perfect plant gift for bosses or co-workers.

Bamboo Palm

Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s not a true palm tree and generally won’t grow super tall in an indoor pot. It’s known to be a natural humidifier which may help with dry sniffles or allergy symptoms. The study found that this ornamental plant may remove toxins like formaldehyde from the air.


English Ivy is one of the most well-known varieties of ivy as well as the specific kind used in the study. Most ivy varieties are efficient at filtering air. Big bonus, they don’t need much water, attention or light, making ivy the best low-maintenance gift after succulents.


You’ve seen them in offices and businesses all over the world, and their natural air filtering ability explains why this simple tree is everywhere. It does not explain why it’s so hard to tell a real from a fake one.

Gerbera Daisy

Popular as a colorful addition to a bouquet, gerbera daisies are known to pull toxins and carbon dioxide from the air. It is possible to create a potted plant from a cutting, which is the best way to get the air cleaning benefits.

Chrysanthemums (Pot Mum)

Not just another pretty face, growing mums may also remove pollutants from the air like smoke and other impurities. Cut flowers aren’t likely to have the same effect, but you can always try to plant them in a small pot. Though, mums obviously have their own pollen pitfalls and allergens.

Corn Cane/ Massangeana Cane

Like some of us who prefer cute coat weather, the corn plant doesn’t need or like too much sun. In fact, they stay pretty happy as long as you keep their soil damp. Mature corn plants may produce sweet-smelling pink or purple flowers, adding a little extra perk to their air cleaning benefits. The tropical dracaena family of air filtering plants include the Dragon Tree, Janet Craig and Warneckei.

Snake Plant

Also called Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, no offense to any mother-in-laws out there, but we assume the secondary name refers to its ability to clear the air. Either way, snake plants are easy to take care of and add to the overall atmosphere in both appearance and air quality.

Areca Palm

This common tropical houseplant really puts the “air” back in Areca. It’s known to pull caustic chemicals like benzene out of the air. Also, if there’s benzene in your air, consider moving somewhere else.

To clear the air about which plants are best for natural air filtration each has its own properties for the space in which it works best. In terms of hypoallergenic options, a few of the above still may have allergic effects either through direct contact or from the pollen of flowers. Getting non-flowering cacti, succulents or air purifying plants are the perfect way to give your friends a little greenery without the blooming season sniffles.

Hypoallergenic flowers are the perfect balance between, but if you can’t be sure which blooms set off their sneezing, plants are the safe bet. Getting a gift of plants or succulents delivered to those you love ensures that it’s not just the thought that counts, but the intention as well. Help them breathe a little easier with an instant desktop air purifier. Just add water.

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