I feel the earth beneath my feet. I breathe her breath which each inhalation. I live in her bosom.

Spathiphyllum wallisii

"Peace Lily"

Peace Lily

I believe that this plant was giving to mom in one of her many hospital stays. I take care of all the plants, however. I am unsure how long we have had it, but it is doing quite well.

  • Botanical Name: Spathiphyllum wallisii (probably)
  • Family: Araceae
  • Subfamily: Monsteroideae
  • Tribe: Spathiphylleae
  • Common Name: Peace Lily, Spath
  • Plant Type: evergreen herbaceous perennial
  • Light: Indirect light
  • Water: keep soil moist

Spathiphyllum is a genus of about 40 species of monocotyledonous flowering plants in the family Araceae, native to tropical regions of the Americas and southeastern Asia. Certain species of Spathiphyllum are commonly known as Spath or Peace Lilies.

Average room temperature is fine. Avoid lower than 12°C in the winter.

They like light, however, direct sunshine can damage plant leaves. A mixture of light and shade is great, if you can provide it. If you see the leaves yellowing this could be caused by too much sunlight.

This plant does drink a lot of water in the summer. Keeping the soil moist (not over watered) and allowing it to dry slightly near the top is a good idea. If in the winter the soil stays slightly damp for a couple of weeks or more, do not water any more. Your plant will let you know when it needs more. Misting leaves regularly will improve humidity and keep it happy.

A peat based potting mix with perlite is ideal or other peat based mixes. When the plant is being re-potted each spring, the main plant can be divided and potted, to grow smaller plants.

These plants rarely need pruning. You will need to cut away dying leaves and flowers.

Sources: House Plants Expert | Wikipedia