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PlantFiles: Peace Lily
Spathiphyllum cannifolium

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Spathiphyllum (spath-ee-FIL-um) (Info)
Species: cannifolium (kan-ni-FOH-lee-um) (Info)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
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 drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive georgiemc On Oct 28, 2009, georgiemc from redcliffe
Australia wrote:

hi,I brought this plant down from another property we had up north (gympie), and transplanted it here in my garden at Rothwell, I thought it wasn't growing too well, so transplanted it again in another area, it loves the position it's now in, and is flowering, so i can safely say flowering in October, here in Queensland Australia, it is now growing so profusely, that i will have to start thinking of splitting it up, any thoughts???? it produced 1 flower, and there is another 4 ready to open, this doesn't seem to be happening, as the first flower was over a week ago, hope this will help others, and if i successfully manage to split the plant up, i will let you know,, thanks for this site

Neutral saanka On Feb 13, 2009, saanka from Freudenstadt
Germany wrote:

Wonderfull smelling plants of Spathiphyllum cannifolium are growing in the Victoria-Warmhouse of the University-Botanical-Gardens of Basel/Swizzera ([]). The flowers smell like clove (Syzygium aromaticum). I am surching for some Bulbs for my warmhouse in Freudenstadt/Blackforest (Thomas Esche,

Positive leafshaker On Nov 6, 2007, leafshaker from Buzzards Bay, MA wrote:

I got this plant as a present, and it survived for a while as a nice houseplant with unique flowers. I have heard of people having difficulty getting these to flower, does anyone have a solution?

Positive llmeangreen On Jun 28, 2006, llmeangreen from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

Planted about 3 mos. ago. They grow great here outside in St. Petersburg, FL. I have mine in dappled sun/shade ~ mainly shade. I keep them watered frequently and are/have blooming beyond belief (constantly)! I am growing the variated variety, with the white touched leaves. I expect them to grow between 2-4 feet, some of them are already there. I did not know they are poisonous, glad they're out front. Enjoy this plant, it's quite beautiful!

Positive hanna1 On Sep 20, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I was given one as a present about 6 years ago in Southern California, everyone would comment on it's size, I'd like to find one here again,

Positive Monocromatico On May 8, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

In my opinion, this is the best Peace Lily. It has large leaves that make the foliage alone something remarkable in a shaded garden. The flowers are white, larger than other Peace Lilies, with a heavenly smell that will persist for a few days (the flowers are good to cut, but if you are cultivating it as a home plant, it isnīt necessary). It tends to send out new flowers all the time during spring/summer, so you may have this perfume around for a very long time. When fertilized, the bract turns green, and if you keep it on the plant, it may cause a delay on the production of new flowers.

I have this Peace Lily for several years, and, observing how it reacted to all the situations, I learned a few things about this. It will not tolerate direct sun light, the leaves burn, and the younger leaves become smaller. It will not tolerate air currents, it dries up the plant very quickly, and increasing watering will not help - it will most likely cause root rot instead. It will not tolerate very high temperatures, because it dries up too quickly, but will not tolerate much cold, because it may burn the tender new leaves. It likes warm and shaded places, with some humidity, and organic soil that must be kept always moist. Can be kept in a large vase as a house plant. Can be easily propagated by rhyzome division.


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

Jones, Alabama
Bartow, Florida
Hollywood, Florida (2 reports)
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Honomu, Hawaii
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Houston, Texas
Tyler, Texas

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