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A picture of a Peace Lily

Peace Lily

Spathiphyllum spp.

Also known as


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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Peace Lily

A white flower on some green Spathiphyllum plants also known as peace lily
A pot of Spathiphyllum peace lily with green leaves and white flowers
A Spathiphyllum plant with a white flower and some green leaves
A close up of a white Spathiphyllum flower
A close up of a white Spathiphyllum flower and green foliage

Peace Lily Overview

Plants in the genus Spathiphyllum are commonly known by the name Peace Lily. They tolerate neglect well, making them a popular houseplant. These plants grow well in shaded conditions but flower better with more light. It's best to keep evenly moist, but can cope with some forgetful watering. Spathiphyllum is a genus of around 51 evergreen, rhizomatous perennial species in the aroid family, Araceae. They are native to tropical regions of the Americas and southeastern Asia and commonly known as Peace Lilies. These plants are grown for their attractive foliage. They produce a flowering structure known as a spadix, this is a spike inflorescence with small blooms arranged on a fleshy stem and surrounded by a long white, yellow or green-coloured modified leaf known as a spathe. It has also been found effective at absorbing certain contaminants from the air. Mildly toxic to humans and animals on ingestion and the foliage can irritate skin.

Common problems with Peace Lily

Spider mite infestations are more likely when plants are kept indoors.

How to harvest Peace Lily

Generally not harvested

How to propagate Peace Lily


Gently remove the lily from soil. Remove a rhizome and cut into pieces using a very sharp sanitized knife. Place pieces onto prepared soil just beneath surface. Moisten and place in warm area.


Remove the mother plant from the pot. Divide the existing plant into sections by hand or using a sharp knife if necessary. Each section should have roots and two or more leaves. Plant in pots.

Special features of Peace Lily

Indoor plant

Indirect light and slightly humid atmosphere best.

Pot plant

The plant likes to be slightly pot-bound. Be careful not to over-water.

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Peace Lily

Ideal as a structural house or office plant. With an OPALS rating of 2, they are a 'Good' choice to include in a low allergen planting scheme.

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