There are many things to consider when trying to find the right indoor plants for your living space. Maybe you have pets and are worried about keeping them safe from potentially harmful houseplants. Maybe you have a “black thumb” and are looking for something easy to grow. Or maybe you just want to have cleaner, fresher air around the home.

What if you could find plants that make your place aesthetically prettier while purifying the air (and just so happen to be safe for your furry friends)? Think about adding one of these indoor plants — which cover all those bases! — to your abode.


Various types of small palms have been noted to enhance air quality and even rid the air of contaminants like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene. Known as one of the most popular indoor palms, the Parlor Palm is ideal for easy growing as it thrives in low light and doesn’t require much space. Just make sure not to overwater it — though they love water, they don’t like saturated soil. If you want something a little larger, consider the Areca Palm, which maxes out at 6 to 8 feet tall. Give this one a little more light than the Parlor Palm and watch it thrive!

If you’re going for a more tropical look, try a Bamboo Palm. It does best with confined roots, so it only needs to be repotted every 2 to 3 years — ideal if low-maintenance indoor gardening is your jam! You can also consider the Pygmy Date Palm, which can be grown indoors, is safe for pets, and helps purify the air. The fronds on this plant are slimmer than the others, which can work well in small spaces.

Spider plants

So what can you do if you’ve killed almost every plant you’ve tried to grow in the past? Check out a spider plant! These hardy plants can grow in indirect bright light in almost any room, in temperatures ranging from 45 to 80 degrees. They love being in pots, are not dangerous to pets, and are proven to reduce air pollution in the home. Why WOULDN’T you run out for one of these immediately?!

Money trees

This one has an added bonus: it’s believed to bring its owner good luck! The money tree has a distinct braided trunk and lends a tropical feel to its environs. Even if you aren’t superstitious, a money tree is a delicate, eye-catching plant that can add an element of flair and fun to any room.

Boston ferns

Though not technically a “tall plant,” the Boston Fern can be hung from the ceiling or draped over a taller table or bookshelf, giving it the illusion of height. It’s also another super easy one to nourish indoors. Boston Ferns grow relatively fast, so they can add wonderful greenery to your dwelling in no time. Keep a spray bottle of water nearby and mist the leaves often to turn your fern into a natural humidifier.

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about Hannah

Hannah Fairbanks is a freelance writer living in San Francisco with her husband and 2 daughters. When she’s not writing, you might find her reading, packing bento box lunches for her kids, and making sure she gets in at least 10,000 Fitbit steps a day.