Also known as
Spath, Snow Flower
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10 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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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
Indirect light and slightly humid atmosphere best.
The plant likes to be slightly pot-bound. Be careful not to over-water.
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.
Some of our favourite plants to grow indoors as houseplants.
OPALS - Ogren Plant Allergy Scale
Plants with a very low potential to cause allergic reactions (1 to 3 rating)