About Peace Lily
Peace lilies are one of the easiest to grow and most popular houseplants. They're one of the few plants that will flower in low light, and when in bloom, the white flowers make an eye-catching statement against the glossy, green leaves.
Peace lily plants have also been recognized by NASA as one of the indoor plants with the best air purifying abilities. It can clear CO2 and add oxygen to its environment more thoroughly than many other houseplants, making it an aesthetically appealing and functional choice.
Contrary to what the name suggests, peace lilies are not true lilies but rather a member of the Araceae family, whose notable members include the calla lily and the Philodendron.
Peace lilies are part of the genus Spathiphyllum, which includes over 40 species of flowering plants collectively called peace lilies — though often you'll see spathiphyllum wallisii used as the peace lily's botanical name. Although they will share some common characteristics, each species of spathiphyllum has unique attributes to be appreciated.
Peace lilies are classified as flowering herbaceous perennials. This means they have non-woody stems that die back to the ground during the cooler weather and reemerge when the warmer months of the growing season return. The roots beneath remain alive.
In the case of house plants, the foliage often remains during the winter months. Blooms and new growth, however, go dormant until the seasons change.
The shade-loving peace lily is native to the tropical rainforests of Colombia and Venezuela, where they grow protected from the sunlight under the forest's canopy.
Peace lilies were introduced to Europe in the late 1800s and have become a wildly popular indoor plant.
All peace lilies share some standard features. These include:
Glossy green foliage
White or off-white flowers.
A white spathe. What's commonly referred to as the flower on a peace lily is a modified leaf called a spathe. The spathe protects the flowers, which grow on a spadix or spike in the middle of the spathe.
The spathe protects these tiny flowers and helps ensure pollinators can reach them. Over time the spathe will go from white to light green and back to white again before it dies.
Types Of Peace Lilies
With over 40 species of peace lily in existence, there are many to choose from.
Among the most popular are:
Piccolino Peace Lily. Dwarf variety with dark green leaves and white flowers.
Sensation peace lily. This is the largest of the peace lilies with a mature height of 4-6 feet. Its beautiful, large leaves lend a tropical feel to any space.
Patricia peace lily. A compact variety with densely packed stems and leaves.
Little angel peace lily. This dwarf variety is compact, dense, and prolific.
Domino peace lily. White stripes and a ruffled appearance are featured on the leaves of this variety.
Jetty peace lily. The bracts (spathe) are extremely long-lived on this variety.
Mauna Loa peace lily. Popular and versatile medium-sized peace lily.
Power petite peace lily. Tiny variety perfect for small spaces.
Picasso peace lily. It is one of the most popular varieties due to its prolific nature and bracts that can simultaneously present in white, light green, and dark green.
Snowflower peace lily. This year-round bloomer produces greenish-yellow and yellow-white flowers.
Peace Lily Styling
Peace lilies are typically grown in containers with soil, but they can also be grown hydroponically (in water alone). Depending on the variety you have and size, they can be displayed on a table or in a pot on the floor.
Because peace lilies are shade tolerant, they’re commonly used to brighten up a corner that doesn’t get a lot of light. They can also be grouped with plants that enjoy similar conditions, like ZZ plants or mother-in-law's tongue.