The Spathiphyllum (spey-thuh-fil-uhm) Wallisii a staple in the houseplant world that was first discovered in the tropical rain forests of Colombia and Venezuela.
Despite this, they don't like to be overwatered as you would expect from a plant that came from the rain forest!
Standing at 55cm tall and arriving in a 13cm nursery pot, this plant has so much room to grow and stand out wherever it's placed.
The white part of the plant isn't actually the flower, it's actually a special leaf called a "Spathe" grown to protect the flowers which are tiny and located on the spike. They are grown to be white so they can reflect sunlight back to the flower.
Spathiphyllum is quite a dramatic plant! They will soon let you know if they're not happy and can droop in a matter of hours!
They were nicknamed a "Peace Lily" despite not even being a lily (actually part of the Araceae - Arum family) due to its white Spathe being commonly associated with the white truce flag. Due to this likeness, many people have given the Spathiphyllum with the hope it will bring peace, healing and a good future to those who receive.
Care and tips:
🌞 = Prefers indirect light but can tolerate lower light rooms, just watch out for leaves turning yellow. Leaves are easily burned by direct sunlight.
💧= Allow soil to completely dry between waters, then water and be sure to drain any excess water left as this will create a root rot problem.
🐶🐱👶= All parts of this plant can be poisonous if eaten, especially for cats and the flowers can be an irritant, so be sure to keep out of the way of tiny humans and furry creatures.
The best way to propagate is to use the division method.
Things to look out for:
Overwatering: Leaves turn yellow and brown, this can also be caused by the plant getting too much light or not enough.
Underwatering: The plant will start to droop and shrivel up.
Other common names for this plant:
- Mauna Loa Peace Lily
- Spathe Flower
- White Sails
*Ceramic pot not included but available here.