Plant profile: Peace Lily

Posted by: Author scentandviolet July 17th, 2018

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Peace lily (lat. Spathiphyllum) is one of the easiest indoor plants to care for. It is native to native to tropical regions of the Americas and southeastern Asia


Peace lily (lat. Spathiphyllum) is one of the easiest indoor plants to care for.

Peace lily is an evergreen plant with large leaves (Adult plant has leaves 12” to 15” long and 2” to 10” wide). Flowers grow in a spadix (spike).  

Commonly known as closet plant for its ability to grow in dark places, peace lily is popular for its dark green foliage. Despite the name, Peace lily is not a true lily, but hails from the Araceae family (Fun fact: Anthurium and Calla Lily are very close cousins to Peace Lily, but so are Dieffenbachia and Caladium). There are currently about 40 known species of peace lily.

While they will certainly not die from the lack of light, peace lilies like most of plants do prefer light. Indirect light. If you place your peace lily near the window the leaves will burn and wilt and plant will begin to die.

Peace lily like most of tropical plants enjoys moisture but, does not like sitting in water. When watering your peace lily drain it well, and ensure there is no surplus water collecting on the bottom of the pot.

Peace lily is excellent air cleaner , (To learn more about other air purifying plants please check out this handy guide  by The Neal Estate Team)

Keep in mind, that Peace Lily can be mildly toxic to pets (pets should not experience kidney failure but vomiting is possible).

Short Peace Lily plant care instructions: Place at least 5 feet away from the window. Water when leaves begin to look slightly dehydrated. Soak and drain thoroughly. Turn the pot weekly (quarter turn) to ensure fullness. Replant annually in a pot at least 4 inches wider and 2-3 inches taller.  Watch it grow 

Scent & Violet, flowers and gifts offers Peace Lily plants for sale and delivery in Houston - Katy - Sugar Land - Richmond area. We carry different sizes (maturity stages) of the plant for sale at our retail shop on Westheimer Rd. For same day delivery, Peace lily plant can be easily ordered on our website