Flower power: beyond pure aesthetics, scientific studies show interior landscaping cleans the air and provides a catalyst for worker productivity

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Author: James T. Berger
Date: July-August 2002
From: Journal of Property Management(Vol. 67, Issue 4)
Publisher: Institute of Real Estate Management
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 588 words

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New findings indicate plants not only keep the inside of a building looking better but feeling better as well.

Tools for Toxicity

NASA scientist Dr. B.C. "Bill" Wolverton's work on the effect of plants in interior environments has particular relevance.

In his book, How to Grow Clean Air Wolverton identified 50 common houseplants and rated them on their ability to clean the air. "There is something in the air around plants that suppresses the levels of mold spores and other microbes around the plants," he said. "Plants can even be effective against such toxic microbes as anthrax and ebola."

Among the most effective plants, according to Wolverton, are areca and lady palms, rubber plants and golden pothos. "The more foliage you have, the more effective in cleaning the air inside the building," he said. "We've also tested orchids and peace lilies. Flowering plants are very good, but...

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