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Spathiphyllum wallisii

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Toxicity

All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested; skin and eye irritant

Resilience

Hardiness

H1c (heated greenhouse - warm temperate)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

peace lily

Family

Araceae


Spathiphyllum are evergreen rhizomatous perennials with lance-shaped leaves and tiny white flowers borne in a dense spike within an ovate, white, hood-like spathe

S. wallisii is an evergreen perennial with erect, lance-shaped, glossy dark green leaves, and ovate white flowering spathes to 15cm in length, each with a slender cream spadix within

Other common names

  • white sails

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Under glass grow in partial shade. Flowering may suffer in deep shade. Use loam-based or loam-less compost. During growth, water and mist freely; maintain a high humidity. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. Pot on when root growth has overfilled the container. Suitable as a houseplant. May be grown outdoors in frost free conditions

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by division in winter or immediately after flowering

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Sub-tropical, Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free