Houseplants can improve the quality of indoor air, leaving rooms smelling purer and fresher. According to NASA, they effectively filter potentially harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — such as benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene — from the air.

Whether you’re a first-time plant parent or someone who travels a lot, it’s possible to find low maintenance indoor plants that don’t die easily that will also work around the clock to keep the air you breathe clean. Our Plants for Beginners Collection includes easy care plants that are fun, fresh and forgiving.

When selecting a low maintenance plant, look for plants with deep green leaves since they perform best in low light and require less water. You’ll know your plant is too thirsty if it has wilting leaves or soil pulling away from the sides of the planter.

We’ve compiled a list of 7 low light plants and low maintenance houseplants that are best for brown thumbs, new plant parents or frequent travelers. And since the benefits of plants are endless, you may end up adding all seven to your home.

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Hanging plants can also include easy care varieties, just don’t hang them somewhere that’s inaccessible for watering.