Peace Lily

An outstanding foliage plant that also produces beautiful white spathes, the pace lily should always be included when seeking a variety of indoor plants. This plant has a high transpiration rate and enjoys the large water reservoir that hydroculture offers. It possesses all the qualities to make it one of the best indoor plants. It sends up stuff, erect stalks that produce white spathes. These spathes unfold to reveal the true flower of the plant. The flower may be cut out to prevent the release of pollen and the spathe will continue unharmed for weeks. Popular varieties include Clevelandii, which reaches a height of 2 feet (0.6 meters) and Mauna Loa which reaches about 3 feet (0.9 meters). This plant, with its lush tropical foliage, is one of only a few plants that will reliably bloom indoors.

Family: Araceae (arum)

Origin: Colombia, Venezuela

Care: Feed regularly from spring to fall, but less in winter. Keep the soil evenly moist during the growing season and slightly drier during the winter. Wash the leaves occasionally to prevent insect attack.

Lighting: Semi-sun

Ideal Temperature: 55-75°F (13-24°C)

Challenges: When air is too dry, the peace lily is vulnerable to attacks by scale insects, spider mites, mealybugs and whiteflies.

Propagation: Division