Peace Lily – Watch the Exposure!

One of the biggest reasons the peace lily is so popular and widely used is because they can be used in lower light levels. Fluorescent lights can provide enough light – and intensity – to produce beautiful houseplants as direct morning sun can.

Use caution when pacing the Spathiphyllum where it will receive direct western exposure. Hot, afternoon sun does have a tendency burn – those lush green leaves, and not burn turn theme to a lighter green with a yellowish cast. Filtered afternoon sun is fine.

Growing Peace Lilies as Groundcovers

The popular Spathiphyllum or as most people know it the “peace lily” is used and thought of primarily as a indoor houseplant. But the Spathiphyllum can also make a great ground cover in tropical landscape designs.

Don’t expect the peace lily to bloom as profusely in the landscape but the snow-white spadix add a nice pop to the deep green background of foliage and add some interest to the groundcover planting. If you plan on using Spaths as a ground cover the plants will need somewhat shady conditions planted in a rich soil that holds some moisture… but does not stay wet!

The best selection would be the dwarf varieties which reach a height of about 2 feet and a spread of 12 – 18 inches. The larger spathiphyllum varieties could also be used in the landscape as stand alone specimens.


Controlling pests in the landscape can be a problem, if possible I always opt for a natural pest solution.

Peace Lily The Houseplant!

The Peace lily one of the most popular air cleaning houseplants grown today and is a member of the Araceae family. The family includes many other great indoor plants and toxic removing plants such as Aglaonema (Chinese evergreen), Anthurium (Flamingo flower), Caladium (use outdoors), Dieffenbachia (dumb cane), Zamioculcas zamiifolia (ZZ plant), Golden Pothos and Philodendron.

During the early 70’s only two varieties or hybrids of the Peace lilly was grown, Spathiphyllum ‘Clevelandii’ and the hybrid Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’. However, since the 1970’s the selection, production, and popularity of Spathiphyllum has exploded. Spathiphyllum is relatively easy to grow in the nursery in a can be grown in a wide range of pot sizes and plant size.

Most produce showy white flowers sitting above its dark green foliage. In fact, the Peace lily has actually moved from being used and known as a foliage plant which had some flowers to a plant now known and grown for flowers. Although Spathiphyllum is grown in pot sizes from 3” -17” inches, the 6”-10” are the most popular for growers and homeowners. Spathiphyllum is grown not only the the United States but around the world.

Peace Lily growing in Florida greenhouseShowy White Flowers!

Through in-house breeding programs and tissue culture laboratories new varieties are being introduced regularly. Tissue culture allows new varieties to come to market quicker in larger quantities. New cultivars may serve niche markets and/or be produced for specific growing area or better pest resistance.

Whatever the reason there seems to be and endless supply of new “peace lilies” which are hardier, hold more flowers and “besting” older varieties. The simple fact remains that the Spathiphyllum is a great indoor plant, cleans the air indoors and holds up very well indoors while providing tropical beauty for a long period time.