Introducing the Spathiphyllum, commonly known as the Mauna Loa Peace Lily or simply Peace Lily, this elegant houseplant is a versatile and low-maintenance addition to any indoor space. Contrary to its misleading common name, the Peace Lily is not a true lily but belongs to the Araceae family. Native to tropical regions of the Americas and southeastern Asia, this plant boasts dark green leaves and distinctive white calla-like flowers that gracefully emerge on tall stems above the lush foliage.
Ed's Plant Profile:
- Botanical Name: Spathiphyllum
- Common Names: Mauna Loa Peace Lily, Peace Lily, Spathe Flower, White Sails
- Family: Araceae
- Native Range: Tropical regions of the Americas and southeastern Asia
Ed's Care Guide:
- Care Level: Moderate to easy
- Light: While it thrives in partial shade, the Peace Lily exhibits remarkable adaptability and can flourish in all light conditions.
- Humidity: Well-suited for average household humidity levels.
- Temperature: Comfortable in a range of 55-85°F.
- Pruning: Maintain the plant's health by pruning as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
- Feeding: Enhance growth by fertilizing every 6 weeks with a balanced houseplant fertilizer during the spring and summer.
- Propagation: Easily propagated through division.
- Growth: Upright growth reaching up to 3 feet tall, with some specimens extending to 6 feet.
- Pests: Exhibits resilience to common insects and diseases.
- Toxicity: Caution should be exercised as the Peace Lily is toxic to both humans and pets.
This classic houseplant is particularly well-suited for beginners due to its straightforward care requirements. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the Spathiphyllum also serves as a natural air purifier according to some researchers, effectively filtering various toxins from its surroundings. Elevate your indoor greenery with the timeless beauty and ease of care offered by the Spathiphyllum 'Peace Lily'.