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PlantFiles: Peace Lily
Spathiphyllum wallisii

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Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Spathiphyllum (spath-ee-FIL-um) (Info)
Species: wallisii (wal-LIS-ee-eye) (Info)

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Category:
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:
Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Danger:
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Evergreen
Herbaceous

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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14 positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral eimajk1 On Mar 28, 2012, eimajk1 from Burlington, IA wrote:

A "friend" of mine said that pulling the pistils off of the peace lily was great for the plant. After she did that, my peace lily that was in perfect health, and had been for 4 years, has almost died. Now she tells me that it wasn't the pulling of the pistils, but that the plant got frostbite. I've had the plant in the same location for the last 4 years and never had a problem. I still have minor growth, but I'm wondering if this plant can be saved? Also, has anyone else ever heard of pulling the pistils off?

Positive ronster1266 On Dec 15, 2008, ronster1266 from Montrose, MI wrote:

My plant is about 2ft tall and is growing like a weed, i got it from my grandmother and it was in a small pot for maney years then it started fadeing and turning yellow so i put it in a larger pot. The faded leaves eventually died but were verry quickelly replaced by new growth. It seems to be dooing much better and I've even started new sprouts in a different pot.I live in michigan so i keep it insid during the winter, this useually makes it stop blooming but the folliage never stops.

Positive fudge On Aug 18, 2008, fudge from Gatlinburg, TN wrote:

I have peace lily and it stays in the full sun and I haven't had any problem like burning.I just keep the plant fulll of water and it was planted in manure,perlite,peat moss and potting soil I fertilize all my plants two times a month and they most of the time have 15 or more blooms at a time.I do bring them in during the winter the blooms slow down just alittle during the winter "but" I do keep the plants moist at all times.To all the plant lovers of this plant that gets burnt plants, try to move the plant into the sun alittle at a time and that might be the way to not burn your plant. This is a easy to grown plant as far as my luck has been. Good luck to all.

Negative merrytazgirl On Mar 31, 2008, merrytazgirl from Hastngs
New Zealand wrote:

Ive had my peace lilly for about 3 years now it used to flower until I repotted it. I put itinto a bigger pot now im not getting any flowers on it at all. Its in a filtered light and I water it when its droopy is that right. Please help me I love my peace lillys but what am I doing wrong

Jackie

Positive turgidcelery On Feb 23, 2008, turgidcelery from Batavia, IL wrote:

We had great success with the Peace Lilly with nominal care. We lived in Indianapolis and had the plant inside under a window on the south side of the house. It literally went nuts. There was a proliferation of blossoms and we repotted it a few times. It started out from a little gift. Now, in a new house in Chicago, we're trying to re-create that experience, but this time with out access to a south side window. We have had a plant by a north side window for a couple years, and it's OK, but we haven't had the proliferation of blossoms.

Positive jdiaz On Nov 3, 2007, jdiaz from Chowchilla, CA wrote:

I bought several spaths at my local home depot for ONE cent each! They werent doing so great indoors so i was adventurous and planted them outdoors (im in zone 9b/10a in central CA). To my surprise, they grew well under an Australian tree fern and flowered during the summer months.Last January (2007) we experienced a severe freeze with temperatures dipping into the low 20s for a little over a week. I thought the spaths were surely dead, but to my surprise, they resprouted during the summer. Speak about a tough "houseplant"

Positive cosmiccat On Oct 28, 2007, cosmiccat from Fullerton, CA wrote:

This plant is impressive in it's resilience.

I had gotten this plant as a gift about 7yrs ago. I didn't really know how to grow it and I thought it wasn't doing very well, so I stuck it outside in direct sunlight and burned the leaves badly. Those eventually died and the plant looked just sad. Then it just grew back. My husband called it the "miracle plant", as it survived one of my black thumb events.

I only just repotted it this past summer after it was sorely overdue. It's still thriving well and I even have a little off-shoot that I ended up planting in a smaller pot. It's doing very well, even after surviving an overwatering episode.

I haven't fertilized it once. After it got a bit healthy again after my unintentional multiple attempts to kill it, it's been blooming/shooting it's flower stalk about 2-3 times a year. It sits in a bright location and seems to be doing well.

As for the person that had issues with their cat chewing on it: I've been reading about more and more plants and it seems like most of them are poisonous (ruling out herbs). I have all my plants high off the ground so that none of my cats will chew on them. And yes, my cats and the Peace Lily has survived a "chewing". :)

Positive Katze On Jun 20, 2007, Katze from Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I received this plant as a gift over 4 years ago and it's definitely a tough plant. Mine has been frozen (left it outside when it frosted), chewed on by cats, and neglected, but it always comes back. It loves to be outside in the summer in a shady, protected spot.

About it being poisonous to cats - certain parts of this plant are poisonous, but from what I've been told, not all (I believe it's the flowers that are poisonous). None of our cats have been poisoned from chewing the foliage. (We recently bought a new baker's rack for our kitchen and the plant is on the top shelf, which is too high for our cats to get at.)

Positive Rainbowman18 On Dec 26, 2006, Rainbowman18 from Weston, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Woe be the south Florida gardener that tries to plant these in full sun. They will burn up like Dracula in daylight. I have the white Wallisii growing deep in my garden shade all year round. They never cease to amaze me with their constant barrage of white blooms and deep green foliage.

I also have the heart-shaped pink variety that have small petals and blooms. I forgot the variety or common name,
but I think it's the name of a woman....see specimen. I should buy some more of them and plant them in a shady spot next to my front door under a large stand of heliconia jacquinii where some aglaonemas are also protected and flourishing.

Negative jessmerritt On Jun 15, 2005, jessmerritt from (Zone 7b) wrote:

I hate to give such a beautiful plant a negative, but there's a story behind it. I received one as a gift and thought it was gorgeous. It was low maintenance, can stand low light and still bloomed proficiently. Then one of my cats, despite the fact that i grow cat grass for them, chewed on some of the leaves and got very ill. The vet told me that peace lilies are toxic to cats and since it's a common house plant it wasn't the first time she had a customer come in with the problem that I had. Anyway, they're beautiful, but toxic to small critters. So if you have cats, becareful. By the way, does anyone want a new peace lily? It needs a new home.

Positive Breezymeadow On Apr 18, 2005, Breezymeadow from Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Although sometimes accused of being "boring" because of its constant appearance & claimed overuse in malls & offices, this plant surely is a boon to the plantlover who may not have the optimum bright light conditions to maintain other species, or who might want/need something that will survive in a dimmer room.

Also terrific for those who don't consider themselves as having "green thumbs", as it is nearly impossible to kill. While it does enjoy some light feeding, the most important requirement is moisture, as allowing it to dry out will cause it to wilt - although sometimes that's a good barometer for those of us who can sometimes be forgetful about watering. It quickly recovers once the oversight is corrected.

If given fairly bright light, this plant will send up it's pristine white flower spathes nearly constantly. However, do not subject it to too much direct sunlight, as it sunburns easily. Plant also enjoys a occasional shower, which will keep those lovely leaves shiny & dust-free.

Neutral charla On Apr 17, 2005, charla from Imperial, MO wrote:

I received a peace lily plant from my grandfather's funeral this past January. It is quite large and no one else wanted it because of the space it takes up (approx 3 ft tall). I have two other small peace lilies and really enjoy the lush greenery all year round. When I brought the plants home, they were all blooming, but haven't bloomed since. Are there any hints to get them to bloom?

Positive ladyrowan On Mar 11, 2004, ladyrowan from Garberville, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have two of them at work. One was recently re-potted into something bigger to encourage growth, and the other acts as the top of my Beta Vase. I knew that the lily would like being in a container of water, but I didn't realize just how happy it would be! My plant is growing in leaps and bounds, and the leaves are growing huge. I just hope it doesn't crowd my fish out of the base of the vase.

Positive broozersnooze On Sep 28, 2003, broozersnooze from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

After reading these other entries I guess I should consider myself lucky(?) When I bought mine from the plant nursery they were labeled "perennial, spathiphyllum". Being a novice, I figured they were outside plants, planted them in containers & added them to my garden. They get half sun/half shade, were covered during the freeze, died back, came back & are currently blooming among many shade-loving plants.

Due to back problems, my plants do not get a lot of fuss. They get misted a.m./p.m., watered on days there is no rain, repotted annually, get any needed root divisions & fertilized with Osmocote (coated, granular fertilizer.) I use a mixture of 1/2 all purpose potting mix, 1/2 top soil, plus cow manure, perlite, peat moss, and Ironite (Iron chelate.)

Positive nckathy1950 On Sep 27, 2003, nckathy1950 wrote:

I have three of these plants, the first belonged to my grandmother, who gave it to my mother, and - when it got too big for mom - I got it. Grandmother had it over 20 years, mom had it for 10 or more and I have had it for about 18 years. One is huge (and now over 50 years old); the next one is not as big; I inherited it also. The last is in a hanging basket I purchased.

These are great plants to grow - I put all of mine outside in the spring and bring them back inside in fall before frost. They thrive; I feed all of my plants with Miracle-gro (water-soluble fertilizer) every few weeks.

Positive htop On Sep 27, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Tx.
My husband's peace lily (closet plant, white flag) was given to him when he was in the hospital 4 months ago. I had never realized how fast they grow until now. It has almost doubled in size. My mother was given an 8 inch tall one about the same time and it has grown rapdly also. The blooms are in proportion to the plant size. 'Sensation' can grow to six feet high and wide. They can tolerate being outside in filtered shade in warm weather and grow more rapidly under this condition. Requiring little care and little light, they are one of the most frequently used plants in the interiorscapes of office buildings.

Spathiphyllum will prosper in almost any well drained soil. Most producers use a mixture containing sand, peat moss and bark. Water weekly keeping the soil moist, but not soggy. Permit the soil to dry out between waterings, but do not leave dry for an extended period of time. Stem and root rot from overwatering are the most commom problems. Requiring less food because they grow slower, in an indoor setting they usually do not need to be fertilized. If one chooses to fertilize, use a well balanced fertilizer such as 20-20-20 at a 1/4 strength. Burned roots and tips occur from over fertilization. When repotting, do not over pot. This encourages lots of roots at the expense of new leaf production.

Optimal temperature are between 68-85 degrees daytime with a 10 degree drop at night. Temperatures in the 40's and 50's will slow growth uith extended periods below 40 damaging leaves, stems and roots. They can withstand 10-15% humidity, but above 25-30% is best. Most commercially grown plants are propagated from clones or tissue culture.

Positive BUFFY690 On Sep 26, 2003, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I repotted this plant about a month ago and it has more than doubled in size. I can't wait for it to bloom this year. I have kept it on our screened in porch and the filtered sun has done the plant wonders. It gets about a half a day of dappled, filtred sunlight. I feed it with Peter's (water-soluble plant food) about once a month or so.

Positive Monocromatico On Aug 13, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

Typical plant in tropical gardens, Peace Lily has large, shiny, dark green leaves that contrast with the white inflorescences. These are said to be scented, but I never sensed it from this species (others, though, have a rather strong perfume). It requires moist, well drained organic soil. Grows well on partial shade, but tolerates darker places. I have one in half shade, and my grandpa in full shade, and both are doing great. The sun light will burn the leaves. Great house plant if you can avoid air currents.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Daphne, Alabama
Florala, Alabama
Jones, Alabama
Chowchilla, California
Davis, California
Fullerton, California
Garberville, California
Irvine, California
San Jose, California
Aspen, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Wilmington, Delaware
Bartow, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Dania, Florida
Deland, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Milton, Florida
Ocoee, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Weston, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Winter Park, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida (2 reports)
Loganville, Georgia
Honomu, Hawaii
Batavia, Illinois
Canton, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Oak Forest, Illinois
Burlington, Iowa
Wesley, Iowa
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jersey City, New Jersey
Freeport, New York
Stony Point, New York
Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
Reidsville, North Carolina
Rowland, North Carolina
Haileyville, Oklahoma
Hartsville, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Prosperity, South Carolina
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Lafayette, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Broaddus, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Mexia, Texas
Overton, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Smithville, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas
Victoria, Texas
Frederic, Wisconsin
Marinette, Wisconsin
Pulaski, Wisconsin



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