Spathiphyllum inflorescence

Spathiphyllum inflorescence

Spathiphyllum or Peace Lily is a houseplant with elegant white flowers.

Originally from tropical American forest, it prefers a moist substrate but resists slight drought and requires little light.

There are many species and hybrids, all quite similar in appearance and culture needs.

Description:

The leaves are evergreen, slender and dark green, borne on long leaf stems.

Flowering starts in late spring but can occur through most of the year. The flowers grow on a yellow spadix surrounded by a large white spathe. They can be lightly perfumed.

The height may vary from 30 cm to 1 m, depending on the species.

Nomenclatuur:

Common names:

Peace lily, spathe

Synonyms:

Amomophyllum, Hydnostachyon, Massowia, Spathiphyllopsis

Etymology:

Spathiphyllum: from the Greek spathe (spathe) and phullon (leaf)

Origin:

Rain forest in tropical America



Habitat:

Wet pastures, shallow water of open marshes

Hardiness:

USDA zone 10-11

Spathiphyllum

Spathiphyllum

Care:

Substrate:

Nutritious potting soil

Light:

Light or partial shade but no direct sunlight

Water:

Water moderately but regularly, the plant prefers moist soil but no standing water in the bottom of the pot.

It enjoys being placed on a water tray so that the aerial humidity is higher.

Fertilizer:

During the growth period, universal liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks

Temperature:

Room temperature, 18-20 °C. But prefers a cool place in winter, around 15 °C.

Repotting:

Every 2-3 years in spring

Propagation:

By division when repotting in the spring

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