Spathiphyllum wallisii

Spathiphyllum wallisii Peace Lily

Peace Lily, White Sails, Spathe Flower

Spathiphyllum wallisii


The Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) is one of the most popular houseplants. From this member of the aroid family, which probably originated in Colombia (source), many cultivars are available, which differ in height and size of their leaves.

Gladly Peace Lily is recommended for cleaning the indoor air, well, this effect is said to be extremely small (source).


Location & Temperature

Spathiphyllum wallisii copes with low light and is suitable for bright to shady places, but should not be placed in the dark.

Direct sun is not tolerated, it can cause the leaves to fade.

Warm locations all year round are ideal, overwintering at 59 °F (15 °C) is possible. Temperatures below does not like Spathiphyllum wallisii for a long time.


The Peace Lily does not require a special substrate and grows well in peat-free mixes for houseplants, potted plants, palms, herbs or vegetables.

Peace Lily

Watering & Fertilizing

The soil may dry moderately between waterings, but it should not dry out.

The Peace Lily has no problem with short periods of waterlogging, that is, when there is water in the saucer or planter for a few days. As long as there is at least a two week gap between these soggy periods.

Regular potting soils are not suitable for swamp plants. They rot if left permanently under water, which damages the roots and can cause the plants to die.

In addition to liquid fertilizers, slow-release fertilizers such as sticks, granules or pellets are also suitable for feeding. However, these should be given no earlier than one year after purchase or repotting, as regular substrates are pre-fertilized.

Slow-release fertilizers can be given in spring and summer, and liquid fertilizers can be given monthly from spring through early fall.

How to get Peace Lily to bloom (maybe)

Temperate overwintering at about 59 °F (15 °C) can be helpful for Peace Lilies that are lazy about blooming. During this time, the soil is kept only slightly moist. Once Spathiphyllum wallisii is back to warm conditions, it receives enough water so that the soil is soaking wet.

However, not all plants can be tricked by this method.

Peace Lily and Flamingo Flower
The Peace Lily is related to the Flamingo Flowers (Anthurium, in the back) and can look similar.