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Plants That Purify: English Ivy

We all could benefit from a cheap and beautiful way to improve a home's indoor air quality. That's why I'm bringing you an ongoing series on houseplants that are particularly good at purifying air.

Next up in our series is English ivy.


To find out more about this hardy houseplant, just

English ivy can be found in close to a hundred varieties and has been known to also help remove benzene from the air. It is considered an invasive plant outdoors, since it spreads so quickly and can smother wildflowers and other native plants. However, it's a great plant if kept indoors.

To control growth, pinch leaves off of your English ivy plant. Also, make sure that your plant has sufficient humidity. Keep it away from heat registers or changes in temperature, and if your house is dry, it might help if you keep your ivy plant on a tray of pebbles that can have water added to it daily. Ivy likes indirect light, and its flexible stems allow it to be trained in predetermined shapes. In the home, plant diseases are very rarely a problem.

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delovely03 delovely03 8 years
Does it remove the smell of cigarette smoke? That'd be fabulous.
kristinmarie419 kristinmarie419 8 years
It would be really great if you could list whether or not these plants were "pet friendly." I always check out the "Plants that Purify" looking for new ideas, but many times I can't use the suggestion for fear of harming my kitties.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
There is a house in my neighborhood that during the summer it is completed covered in Ivy.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
My mom has this...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
My mom has this...
chancleta chancleta 8 years
ooo i think i have some of this in my yard
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I just bought a new plant! I love it, but I have no idea what it is! :P
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