Name: Peace Lily aka Spathiphyllum species and varieties
Type of Plant: This is a tropical, broad leaf evergreen that is a very commonly sold houseplant.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: I love the peace lily because it has dark, shiny green leaves and will survive in many areas of an average house. I like that there are varieties that grow large and lush, and others that stay small and perky. This is a forgiving plant that grows on the forest floor near streams, and this tells us that it can stand being moist and that it doesn’t need any direct sun.
The name “peace lily” comes from the fact that the flower, which is made of a white spathe and a spike-like spadix, looks like the white flag that is an international symbol of surrender.
A Word to the Wise: If you want a peace lily to flower, you’ll need to put the plant where it’s in very bright light or a place that gets two or so hours of direct sun.
Peace lilies don’t need much fertilizer. I normally give mine a half cup of earthworm castings twice a year and a mild application of a synthetic fertilizer once a year.
Note that peace lilies are toxic to cats and dogs, so if your pet is prone to munching on your indoor plants you might want to avoid this one.