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Plants That Purify: Ficus

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 house plants that are particularly good at purifying the air.

Next up in our series is the ficus.


Ficus benjamina, or the weeping fig, is one of the most popular trees that are grown indoors. Bright green leaves grow abundantly on the ficus, but leaf loss is common, especially when their environment is changed, or when there is a drop in temperature. Place ficus trees by a bright window, wipe off their leaves when they get dusty, and water them regularly (but do not overwater), and they'll be happy trees indeed.

Warning: plant sap from a ficus tree may cause dermatitis or allergic reactions.

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Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Oooo I like this plant but unfourtunatly I have a kitty!!!
cloudy-D cloudy-D 9 years
I planted these at every corner of my yard, I enjoy them! :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
itme13 spider plants are clean air plants and safe for kitties, I have two in my apt. :)
itme13 itme13 9 years
Thanks...Does anyone know of any plants that purify air and arent harmful to cats? Ive been wanting to get some plants but one of my cats loves to chew on plants so i have to be extra careful about what i buy.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Apparently it produces a milky sap that can also be an allergen to humans, causing a minor, irritating skin rash.
Home Home 9 years
itme13, the sap is toxic to cats.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I popped in a quick search to Google and found some sites that said ficus, or weeping fig, are indeed toxic to cats. Cannot vouch for reliability.
itme13 itme13 9 years
Does anyone know if this tree is harmful to cats? Ive been looking for some plants to add to my apt, but I either find ones that are harmful to my cat, or i cant find any information saying that they arent (and would rather not take the risk, just in case)
KACIEJPC KACIEJPC 9 years
i like the way this plant looks.
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