Houseplants can do more than just bring a splash of green indoors, it turns out … especially when they’re in your bedroom. A famous 1989 NASA study found that such plants were able to reduce indoor air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde, at least in a controlled lab environment, and more recent research says plants may make you feel less stressed and more creative. That can never be a bad thing. Here are a few of the best air-purifying plants to consider keeping in your bedroom at home:

Lavender (Lavandula)

It’s not typically thought of as a houseplant, but lavender can survive indoors under the right conditions. Give it bright, direct light for a few hours every day, preferably in a south-facing window, and water when the soil is slightly dry. Don’t overwater lavender, though, or the plant will rot.

Lady Palm (Rhapsis excelsa)

Multiple fronds in an elegant fan pattern make this a beautiful plant, no matter your personal decor style. It’s a fairly easy one to grow, too, compared to many other palms, preferring bright indirect light and requiring water only when the top inch of soil is dry.

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

With large shiny leaves and a fun, beefy shape, this plant adds strong vertical interest to any room. It likes moderate to bright light and light, constant moisture, to boot. If you feel the need to prune it, just be sure to wear gardening gloves to keep its sticky sap off your fingers.

Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)

The plumes of this gorgeous palm can reach 6 to 7 feet tall, so be sure to give it plenty of space. It also requires bright, indoor light and constant light moisture in spring and summer (but don’t let it get soggy!).

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

This hardy ivy thrives in pots, hanging baskets, or mixed with other taller houseplants in a shared pot. It needs moderate light in spring and summer, and it requires bright light (or additional fluorescent light) in fall and winter. Pro tip: Let the soil surface dry a tad between waterings, but don’t let the plant totally dry out.

Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata)

These lush ferns are an inexpensive, classic houseplant, and their arching, bright green fronds always look lovely. But be warned: They can be a bit of a diva indoors. Boston Ferns prefer lots of light, and they’ll need to be misted every day. Alternatively, you can try putting them on a tray of pebbles filled with water. What’s more, they also tend to shed regularly … so, like a parent, you should be prepared to pick up after them!

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