The ideal indoor plant to purify air in your workspace

A study has found that houseplants have the capacity to remove 87 per cent of air toxins in 24 hours, giving them the ability to purify the air and brighten up any work-from-home space.

The two-year NASA study found plants such as the peace lily and English ivy had “demonstrated the potential for improving indoor air quality by removing trace organic pollutants from the air”.

With this in mind, Clear It Waste Collection investigated which houseplant is most suitable for each zodiac sign. 

They analysed the main characteristics of each zodiac sign to work out which greenery was the perfect match.

“With the rise of working from home, more and more people are using houseplants to brighten up their living and working spaces,” they said.

Along with refreshing the room, NASA has found that plants have the capacity to remove up to 87 per cent of air toxins from an area within 24 hours. 

“Other benefits include reducing stress, increasing attentiveness, raising productivity and helping you recover from illness faster.”

Calathea (Prayer plant) Photo: Firn Shutterstock

Sign: Aries (Mar 21st – Apr 19th) Houseplant: Calathea (Prayer Plant)

Bold rams love to have a big presence in any room which is why the Calathea (Prayer Plant) is a perfect fit.

With lush multi-coloured foliage; everyone’s gaze will never be too far away, and similar to their star sign counterpart, Prayer Plants can wilt from a lack of attention.

Ponytail Palm. Picture: SZB, Shutterstock

Sign: Taurus (Apr 20th – May 20th) Houseplant: Ponytail Palm

Like bulls, the Ponytail Palm loves to relax in serene environments.

Preferring to bask in the sun, this plant is forgiving in nature; only needing rays half the time to thrive. Their low maintenance watering needs of once every few weeks also align well with Taurus’ trademark patience and perseverance.

Bromeliad. Picture: Suttiratwiriyanon, Shutterstock

Sign: Gemini (May 21st – Jun 21st) Houseplant: Bromeliad

Gemini is a busy sign that some say needs a clone of itself in order to get everything done.

The Bromeliad does exactly that! This long-lasting plant produces pups that will replace the original. Like their zodiac counterparts, too much attention is the biggest turn off for this greenery, so water sparingly.

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Sign: Cancer (Jun 22nd – Jul 22nd) Houseplant: Asparagus Fern

Those under the Cancer sign are attractive yet intuitive, meaning they easily pick up on any energy around the home. An Asparagus Fern is similar in that it can thrive in the right environment but also possesses a need for healthy attention. 

Yucca. Picture: Horiyan, Shutterstock

Sign: Leo (Jul 23rd – Aug 22nd) Houseplant: Yucca

This spirited fire sign is known to enjoy the sun while holding a natural air of regality, much like the Yucca plant and its expansive plumage.

The Yucca embodies vivacity and is a great plant to bring a taste of nature indoors, provided you bring the sunshine in with it!

Begonia. Picture: Andreidubadzel, Shutterstock

Sign: Virgo (Aug 23rd – Sep 22nd) Houseplant: Begonia

This earth sign represents practical, perfectionist qualities that match the Begonia plant perfectly.

Its beautiful blooms come in a variety of colours and patterns that need minimum upkeep when situated well indoors. This allows detail orientated Virgos time to focus on other areas of their lives.

Peace Lily. Picture: Littlehoney, Shutterstock

Sign: Libra (Sep 23rd – Oct 23rd) Houseplant: Peace Lily

Libras champion harmony and equality, which makes them perfectly suited to the Peace Lily.

The Peace Lily is great for detoxifying the home, beautiful to look at and considered one of the easiest plants to care for. This combination makes it suitable for any space or situation, just like Libras.

Cast-iron Plant. Picture: Mizy, Shutterstock

Sign: Scorpio (Oct 23rd – Nov 21st) Houseplant: Cast-Iron Plant

Scorpios are strong characters that embody independence and persistence.

As its name suggests, the Cast-Iron Plant shares similar traits. Considered one of the hardiest plants to grow indoors, it’s comfortable at extremes that others wouldn’t survive, just like members of this water sign.

African Violets. Picture: Nature 100, Shutterstock

Sign: Sagittarius (Nov 22nd – Dec 21st) Houseplant: African Violets

This sign is known for being spontaneous and having a thirst for adventure.

In African Violets a Sagittarius would find a good match with one of the most popular houseplants across the world. Like the fire sign, this plant has a few quirks involved in its care, but if these are met it will produce an elegant display of purple petals.

Money Tree. Picture: The Tao of Dana

Sign: Capricorn (Dec 22nd – Jan 19th) Houseplant: Guiana Chestnut (Money Tree)

Capricorns are known for being practical, ambitious and self-reliant.

The Guiana Chestnut is a perfect match with a low maintenance personality and slender, interwoven roots to keep its flowers and fruits on another level. The Feng Shui belief that this plant brings luck to its owner will also help with this sign’s lofty aspirations.

Air Plant. Picture: Patchii, Shutterstock.

Sign: Aquarius (Jan 20th – Feb 18th) Houseplant: Air Plant

This humanitarian sign represents a mystical healer who bestows water and life upon the land.

An Air Plant is a great fit for this zodiac. They are epiphytes, which means that they grow beside other plants or in suitable gaps, not in soil – breathing new life into everything they touch.

Mist them regularly to keep them hydrated, or immerse in water for an hour if in need of rejuvenation.

Jade Plant. Picture: Olgamiltsova, Shutterstock

Sign: Pisces (Feb 19th – Mar 20th) Houseplant: Jade Plant

The Jade Plant is an apt botanical comparison to reflect the conflicted nature of the Pisces sign.

Liable to fade if not given enough water, but quick to bounce back when their needs are met, with proper care these plants can grow to up to six feet tall. They’re often generational good luck gifts within families, reflecting the giving nature of this water sign.

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