Society for Allergy Friendly Environmental Gardening

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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.