The Peace Lily plant is an extremely popular houseplant because it is easy to grow, widely available, and will adapt to various levels of light. It is a beautiful plant that produces elegant white flowers also known as spathes.
Despite being commonly known as the Peace Lily, these plants are actually not true lilies at all. They do not belong to the Lilium genus, which comprises true lilies; instead, they are part of the Spathiphyllum genus. Peace Lily plants are also commonly known as White Sail Plants. They closely resemble Calla Lilies, which also fall within the Spathiphyllum genus and not the Lilium genus.
Here we take a closer look at the different varieties of Peace Lily available, along with their care requirements and growing information.
Table of Contents
- Peace Lily Overview
- Peace Lily Care
- Types of Peace Lily:
- Sensation Peace Lily
- Sonia Peace Lily
- White Stripe Peace Lily
- Patricia Peace Lily
- Piccolino Peace Lily
- Allison Peace Lily
- Golden Peace Lily
- Domino Peace Lily
- Silver Cupido Peace Lily
- Jessica Peace Lily
- Clevelandii Peace Lily
- Bongo Bongo Peace Lily
- Blue Moon Peace Lily
- Picasso Peace Lily
- Little Angel Peace Lily
- Power Petite Peace Lily
- Jetty Peace Lily
- Mauna Loa Peace Lily
- Wallisii Peace Lily
- Platinum Mist Peace Lily
Peace Lily Overview
|Common names||Peace Lily, White Flag Plant, White Sail Plant|
|USDA hardiness zone||10- 11|
|Mature height||Up to 6 feet|
|Mature spread||Up to 6 feet|
Peace Lily Care
Most varieties of Peace Lily will thrive in medium to low lighting levels. The exception to this is variegated varieties, which will benefit from a higher amount of sunlight.
Peace Lilies require frequent watering, so they aren’t the best plant if you are a forgetful plant parent. They need their soil to be kept moist but not wet, and when they start to get thirsty, you will notice their leaves begin to droop or wilt.
A thirsty Peace Lily can be revived with a generous watering, but you should aim to avoid letting it get thirsty because it can damage the long-term health of the plant. The frequency of watering the plant needs will depend on factors such as light exposure, size, and temperature, but in general, most Peace Lilies should be watered twice a week during spring and summer and once a week through fall and winter.
Peace Lilies hail from hot climates, and as such the ideal temperature for most Peace Lily varieties is between 65 and 75°F. If you live in a consistently warm climate, Peace Lilies make great outdoor garden plants, but they are most commonly kept as house plants because they thrive in typical room temperatures. Keep them away from cold draughts or heating vents which will dry them out.
Types of Peace Lily:
There are a total of 47 different varieties of Peace Lily in existence. Here we look at 20 of the most popular varieties which can be grown as houseplants.
Sensation Peace Lily
This is a large variety of Peace Lily, which can reach heights of up to 6 feet, making it an ideal specimen for a floor plant to add structure and definition to a space. The leaves of this plant are a deep green color, and they feature a subtle ribbed texture. White flowers with yellow centers compliment the enormous glossy green foliage for an exotic tropical look.
Sonia Peace Lily
This is one of the smallest types of Peace Lily plants that will be perfect for positioning on a shelf or windowsill. It produces dark green elegant foliage and petite white spathes.
White Stripe Peace Lily
The foliage of this variety of Peace Lily is different from most others because the leaves have a matte finish rather than a glossy finish. The plant is easy to identify by the thick white stripe that runs down the central length of the leaves and the more subtle white striping that runs in a diagonal direction.
Patricia Peace Lily
The Patricia Peace Lily is small in stature, with long and slender leaves in a glossy green finish. This plant produces small white spathes with mellow yellow centers.
Piccolino Peace Lily
This is a dwarf variety of Peace Lily that will usually top out at around 1 foot in height. The foliage is a glossy green color, and the leaves stand up vertically. Unlike other Peace Lily plants, this variety will usually only produce one spathe or flower at a time, and it will emerge from the middle of the plant so that it is surrounded and framed by foliage.
Allison Peace Lily
This is a hybrid variety of Peace Lily, which is medium in size, reaching total heights of around 2 feet. It produces dark green foliage, which is broader than you might expect from a Peace Lily. It flowers heavily, with plentiful pure white spathes featuring creamy centers.
Golden Peace Lily
This is a fairly rare variety of Peace Lily, which of course, makes it all the more alluring. The plant is prized for its foliage but it does also produce the white spathes that Peace Lilies are known for. The leaves of this plant are light golden green when they emerge, and they gradually fade to a pale cream color. This is a heavily clumping perennial whose flowers are long-lasting.
Domino Peace Lily
This plant is the variegated version of the common Peace Lily that most plant lovers will have grown in their homes at some point. It has the same easy-care nature as the common Peace Lily, but its unusual foliage makes it a more interesting choice for beginner growers.
The leaves of this plant have a marbled or striped effect, with creamy variegation against a dark green backdrop. Position it in bright light for more pronounced variegation and to encourage the plant to bloom more frequently.
Silver Cupido Peace Lily
This plant has stunning variegated leaves with silver diagonal stripes, which form the shape of arrows, hence the name ‘Silver Cupido’ because the silver arrows represent Cupid’s arrow. This is an easy plant to maintain, which rewards the owner with lush foliage and elegant spathes. It grows to heights of between 2 and 3 feet.
Jessica Peace Lily
The foliage of this plant is so quirky that you would be forgiven for thinking it was a Calathea. It is a fairly small plant in terms of height, reaching a maximum of just 1 foot tall, yet the leaves are quite large, making for an interesting overall look. The foliage can span 8 inches in length, with heavy cream variegation set against a dark green background.
This plant will fare well in both low light and bright light. However, you can expect a greater proportion of variegation in bright light. Flowers will also be more numerous in brighter light.
Clevelandii Peace Lily
This is a clumping, medium-sized Peace Lily that will typically grow to heights of between 2 and 3 feet, with a spread to match. The lush dark green leaves are glossy in texture and provide a dramatic look when set against the creamy white flower-like spathes. Each leaf will typically measure around 16 to 18 inches in length, with a width of just 3 or 4 inches.
Bongo Bongo Peace Lily
This is a striking variety of Peace Lily, which has unusual foliage. The dark green leaves are glossy and heavily veined, which gives the impression that the leaves are ridged or ribbed.
Like most Peace Lilies, this house plant produces white spathes, which are commonly regarded as flowers, though they tend to be bigger than you might expect. This is a medium-sized Peace Lily, growing to between 1 and 2 feet in height and a little over a foot in width.
Blue Moon Peace Lily
This is one of the largest varieties of Peace Lily, which can reach up to 5 feet in height. It produces extra-dark green leaves which are glossy and attractive, and they offer an intense contrast against the white flowers the plant produces.
The foliage of this plant is also oversized, giving rise to the common name of ‘Giant Peace Lily’. This is a prolific bloomer, especially when grown outdoors. It is tolerant of varying degrees of light, though it should be kept in moist soil to thrive.
Picasso Peace Lily
This is one of the lesser-known varieties of Peace Lily that may not be easy to find if you want to add it to your collection since it is relatively rare. When grown outdoors, it is quite sizable, reaching typical heights of around 6 feet, though when grown as a houseplant, it is considerably smaller and will reach maximum heights of around 2 feet.
The variegation on the leaves of this plant is the reason why it is named after the famous painter. The foliage benefits from bold splashes of uneven cream and light green mark set against a darker green background. The leaves are lance-shaped like you will find on a standard Peace Lily, and white flowers bloom from the plant at various points throughout the year.
Little Angel Peace Lily
This is one of the smaller varieties of Peace Lily, falling into the category of dwarf Peace Lilies. It has beautiful dark green foliage which is heavily veined to give the look of ribbed leaves, but probably the most interesting thing about this plant is its flowers. The flowers, which are technically known as spathes, do not grow at the end of stems like you would expect. Instead, the flowers are produced at the tip of the leaves. This creates an unusual look that makes the plant appear almost bouquet-like.
Power Petite Peace Lily
This is a dainty-looking Peace Lily, as you may have predicted from its name. It is a small variety, which rarely grows to more than 12 inches in height, making it ideal if you want a Peace Lily which will not outgrow its position on a shelf.
The leaves of the Power Petite Peace Lily are slender and lance-shaped, in a dark green glossy finish. The foliage does not clump together but instead spreads outwards to allow space between each leaf. The plant produces petite flowers to match the compact size of the leaves.
Jetty Peace Lily
This Peace Lily is medium in size, typically reaching heights of 2 feet when grown as a houseplant. Like most Peace Lilies, the Jetty Peace Lily will adapt to varying levels of light, but it will perform best when kept in bright light. It produces creamy white flowers in the form of spathes, which feature pale yellow centers.
Mauna Loa Peace Lily
The Mauna Loa Peace Lily makes a dashing addition to a room because of the way it stands. It is quite tall, reaching heights of around 4 feet, yet it is slim with a width of around just 9 inches. The result is a plant that looks elegant yet can add height and structure to a space.
The leaves of the plant are dark green and glossy, and they have deeply ribbed veins. The stems of the plant are very robust and can grow to a thickness of 4 inches. The flowers produced by the Mauna Loa Peace Lily are larger than those you will find on other Peace Lilies, but they are in keeping with the oversized nature of this variety of plants.
Wallisii Peace Lily
This small to medium-sized Peace Lily will grow to typical heights of between 12 and 16 inches when grown indoors. It produces long and slender leaves, which themselves can reach lengths of up to 10 inches. The foliage of the Wallisii Peace Lily features deep veins which are spaced further apart than most other Peace Lilies. The result is leaves that look rippled and wavy rather than ribbed.
Platinum Mist Peace Lily
The Platinum Mist Peace Lily has especially attractive variegated foliage. Each leaf benefits from tiny lines which create a delicate mosaic pattern, as well as a silver (or platinum) sheen that makes the leaves look as though they have just been misted.
The variegation is heaviest in the center of the leaves, which adds a further layer of interest and added dimension to the plant. Like most Peace Lilies, the Platinum Mist Peace Lily will dry out quickly, and the leaves will begin to wilt, so keep an eye on its soil and ensure it remains moist.