Stylish dark green leaves with radiant white banners floating above them, and caring and communicative as well: the Peace lily is bound to steal your heart.
Colours and shapes
The stylish Peace lily offers a full clump of soft, dark pointed leaves with elegant white bracts in between. These are often thought to be flowers, but the actual flowers are tiny and on the spike (also called the ear). The Peace lily has completely mastered body language. If the soil is too dry, the stems droop pitifully. If you then pour in some water, it’ll be fresh and lively again an hour later. In exchange for your good care, this houseplant also cares for you: it’s one of the plants with air-purifying qualities according to the NASA Clean Air Study.
Peace lily (officially called Spathiphyllum) is a member of the Araceae (Arum) family and grows in the tropical rainforests of Colombia and Venezuela. The plant was introduced into Europe in 1870. Over 50 different cultivars are known, which virtually all have white flowers with the occasional slight green tinge. The name Spathiphyllum is derived from the Greek: ‘spath’ is a spoon, ‘phyl’ means leaves - a reference to the spoon-shaped leaf.
Unsurprisingly perhaps, the peace lily is known as a bringer of peace: the white flower represents the white flag which is recognised internationally as a truce signal.