Spathiphyllum wallisii (Peace Lily)

Scientific Name

Spathiphyllum wallisii Regel

Common Names

Peace Lily, White Sails, Spathe Flower

Scientific Classification

Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Monsteroideae
Tribe: Spathiphylleae
Genus: Spathiphyllum


Color: White
Bloom Time: Sporadically throughout the year


Spathiphyllum wallisii is an evergreen herbaceous perennial that grows up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall. It is a very popular indoor plant. The lance-shaped, up to 6 inches (15 cm) long, dark green, glossy leaves grow outwards and droop. The white lily flowers begin blooming with a twist at first before flourishing and revealing it's yellow or white spadix in the center.

Spathiphyllum wallisii - Peace Lily
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How to Grow and Care

Peace Lilies like indirect light and shade, making them ideal for indoor environments. They're even known to do well in offices with fluorescent lights and no windows! South- or west-facing windows tend to be the best locations for Peace Lilies, providing the right mix of light. Your Peace Lily will tell you if it's getting too much light. Yellow leaves indicate too much light, while brown streaks are a sign of scorching from direct sunlight. Move your Peace Lily if its leaves exhibit these signs.

Peace Lilies are more tolerant of under-watering than over-watering. Keep plants evenly moist by watering when the soil feels dry to the touch. Take care not to over-water. If your tap water has a lot of chlorine, leave it out overnight to allow the chlorine to evaporate. Peace Lily leaves also enjoy a good misting, which you can do when you water throughout the summer.

Watering is another area in which your Peace Lily will communicate with you. If leaves begin to droop, it's time to water, and your plant won't be any worse for the little bit of wear. See more at How to Grow and Care for Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum).


Native to South America.


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