Indoor Plants Allergen Rating

         By: Peter Prakke

 

 The following plants have the capability to ‘clean’ the air in your house, nursing home, classroom or office. This rating is important to children and adults who are sensitive to allergies and have asthma.

Common Name

Botanical

Tolerate

Allergen Rating

Air pine

Aechmea spp

Part sun

2

Aloe vera

Aloe barbadensis

Full sun – Part sun

1

Anthurium

Anthurium andreamum

Part sun

2

Bamboo palm

Chamaedorea seifrizii

Part sun

M = 8

F = 1

Boston fern

Nepholepsis exalta

Part sun

3

Chinese evergreen

Aglaonema crispum

Part sun – Part shade

5

Dracena “Janet Craig”

Dracaena deremensis

Part sun – shade

2

Dumb cane

Dieffenbachia spp

Part sun – Part shade

M = 7

F = 1

Dwarf banana

Musa cavendishii

Full sun – Part sun

3

Dwarf date palm

Phoenix roevetenii

Part sun

M = 9

F = 1

Easter & Christmas cactus

Schlumbergera spp

Part sun

2

Ficus alii

Ficus macielandii

Full sun – Part sun

3

Golden pothos

Epipremnum aureum

Part sun – Part shade

2

Lady palm

Rhapsis excelses

Part sun

M = 6

F = 1

Oakleaf ivy

Cissus rhombifolia

Part sun – Part shade

4

Parlor palm

Chamaedorea elegans

Part sun – Part shade

M = 7

F = 1

Peace lily

Spathiphyllum spp

Part sun – Part shade

2

Philodendron

Philodendron spp

Part sun – Part shade

2

Prayer plant

Marantha leuconeura

Part sun – Part shade

1

Rubber plant

Ficus robusta

Part sun – Part shade

2

Snake plant

Sanseviera trifasciata

Part sun – Part shade

1

Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum

Part sun – Part shade

M = 6

F = 1

Sword fern

Nephrolepsis obliterate

Part sun – Part shade

3

Wax begonia

Begonia semperflorens

Full sun – Part sun

4

Weeping fig

Ficus benjamina

Full sun – Part sun

3

Note:      M = male plants

               F = female plants

The OPALS™ - Ogren Plant Allergy Scale has a ranking between 1 and 10: “1” representing a female, pollen free, allergy friendly plant; “10” representing a predominantly male, allergenic, airborne pollen intensive plant. Avoid high allergen plants.  Read the “Allergy-Fighting Garden” book by Thomas Ogren.         

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