Cubicle Culture – The Best Plants for Your Office

7 Jan

In the January 2010 issue of Men’s Health magazine, the one with Vampire Diaries’ Sean Faris on the cover, there is an article discussing which plant would best keep a man company in the comfort of his own cubicle.  The answers are interesting – isn’t learning fun?  Hopefully you take these words to heard and bring a leafy friend into your workspace – if for nothing else but to impress your coworkers with your knowledge of everything flora.

  1. Areca Palm – Thanks to its huge fronds (which can reach 6 ft in height and feature 60 leaflets), this palm is especially effective in filtering airborne particles.
  2. Peppermint – Sniffing mint can increase your alertness and enhance your memory, according to a study in the International Journal of Neuroscience.  Bonus: it can also help suppress your appetite.
  3. English Ivy – Tests at the University of Georgia show that English Ivy is particularly efficient at absorbing volatile organic compounds, airborne pollutants spewed by office machinery, that cause headaches and nausea.
  4. Lemon Balm – Researchers at Ohio State University found that the scent of lemon improved peoples’ moods and raised levels of norepinephrine, a brain chemical linked to mood and behavior.
  5. Golden Pothos – This hardy vine reduces indoor ozone, Penn State researchers found.  Exposure to low ozone levels can cause chest pain and throat irritation.
  6. Gardenia – It’s like a long-acting anti-depressant.  A gardenia can live for 25 years, and every time you smell its flowers, your emotional outlook improves…according to research from Rutgers.

4 Responses to “Cubicle Culture – The Best Plants for Your Office”

  1. vicki January 7, 2010 at 8:57 PM #

    Mm interesting choice of plants.
    Not sure how well the Gardenia will survive in modern office.
    You could also use chamomile.

    You could try this fab plant – dracaena. It apparently got a big tick from NASA for its ability to offset emf’s.


    • kcglaser January 9, 2010 at 10:24 AM #

      Thanks Vicki! I will definitely try them. Tell your Friends about if you would! Cheers,

      KC – “It’s A Man’s World” Author & Moderator

  2. kcglaser May 16, 2010 at 10:25 PM #

    Hopefully the “for once” refers to the magazine and not our blog…. 🙂 Cheers.


  1. office stationery - May 16, 2010

    office stationery…

    It’s good to read a quality article for once…

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