Spathiphyllum - The Peace Lily •

Spathiphyllum, also known as the peace lily, is a genus of about 47 species of flowering plants in the family Araceae, native to tropical regions of the Americas and southeastern Asia.

It is a herbaceous perennial which produces flowers in the typical aroid structure: a densely crowded inflorescence called a spadix is subtended by one large bract called a spathe (occasionally two spathes are produced, with the upper spathe smaller).

The spadix is generally cream or ivory when young, and turns green with age; the spathe is generally white or white with green nerves distally from the margin, turning green with age. Leaves are basal, glossy and somewhat deeply veined, ovate and acuminate. The petioles are long and the leaves arch gracefully. The plant produces offsets at the base and in time becomes a dense clump.

Unlike many houseplants, peace lilies like growing indoors. Spathiphyllum don’t need direct sunlight…they prefer bright, indirect light from a nearby window.

Care instructions:

  1. Temperature: Regular house temperatures to slightly on the warm side. Try to avoid hot or cold drafts.
  2. Light: While Spathiphyllum will tolerate very low light, without some brightness from a window or a lamp, they are unlikely to bloom much, if at all.
  3. Water: Try to keep the soil evenly moist, but not fully wet or drenched.
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