It’s no wonder peace lilies (Spathiphyllum) are such popular houseplants. They tolerate low light and are not often troubled by pests and diseases. They wilt dramatically when they need water (but rebound quickly), which makes it difficult for you to neglect them for long. Add in their beautiful foliage, strong architectural shape, and brilliant white flower structures and you certainly could consider them the perfect house plant.
Once you start looking into peace lilies, you will find that not all are the same. There are about 100 different varieties of spathiphyllums available.
There are small tabletop specimens and giant 6-footers. You can choose a variety with variegated foliage, or chartreuse or blue-green leaves. If you love them for their flower structures (which resemble the flag of peace), you can find plants with lots of small, dainty flowers or some with spathes as large as your hand.
You might see spathiphyllums for sale with pink, blue, or orange flower spathes. This is not their natural coloring. They have been dyed these unusual colors to create interest and bring quick sales. While certainly fun, keep in mind that future flowers will be white when you bring one of these peace lilies home. All spathes are white. Sometimes they are green because they are really modified leaves.
Small Peace Lilies
These plants are good for tabletops or on a shelf. Put one in your bedroom; these plants are great at cleaning the air!
‘Wallisii’ grows to a height of 12 to 15 inches. It is small and compact, and has dainty 3-inch blooms. The rippled leaves are only 8 inches long. A very sweet plant, and easy to find.
2. Little Angel
‘Little Angel’ is another cultivar that is 12 to 15 inches tall. It has a compact habit, and blooms prolifically.
‘Annette’ produces curved bracts, making the flowers a little more interesting than other varieties. Reaching a height of 18 inches, this cultivar would command the corner on a plant stand.
Medium-Size Peace Lilies
You can use these plants as floor specimens or on a large tabletop for a very dramatic look. This size spathiphyllum also works well in outdoor containers on a shady porch during the summer.
‘Clevelandii’ grows 18-24 inches tall and 12-18 inches wide. The leaves have very prominent veins and are about 10 inches long.
‘Allison’ has a compact habit, and can grow to 24 inches tall. It produces the prettiest flowers that look like calla lilies and it blooms profusely.
6. Mojo Lime
‘Mojo Lime’ sports bright chartreuse leaves that set this variety apart. At 2-3 feet tall, it will certainly make a statement.
7. Sweet Pablo
‘Sweet Pablo’ reaches a mature size of 2 feet. It has a long bloom time; if conditions are right it can bloom all year long.
Large Peace Lilies
If you have the space and really want a tropical show-off, consider the largest peace lily varieties. These gigantic, architectural specimens make excellent floor plants.
‘Sensation’ has leaves as long as 20 inches and 4-inch flower scapes. It can reach a mature size of 6 feet tall and wide and is the biggest spathiphyllum available commercially.
‘Kochii’ reaches an impressive 6 feet tall with an upright habit. The giant leaves have a wavy margin.
10. Blue Moon
‘Blue Moon’ (The Giant) At 3 feet tall, this beauty sports deep green leaves with a blue tinge.
11. Mauna Loa Supreme
‘Mauna Loa Supreme’ grows 2 to 3 feet tall, so it could be considered medium size, but with its 9 inch long leaves and 4-inch flowers on 20-inch stems, we’re putting it in the “large” category.
12. Bongo Bongo
‘Bongo Bongo’ grows to about 20 inches tall, with 12 inch long leaves. Its flowers are longer- lasting than other varieties. This is another one that could be considered medium size, but those giant leaves make it look larger than it truly is.
Variegated Peace Lilies
Most spathiphyllums have dark green glossy leaves, so for something a little different, try one of these variegated cultivars. They require the same care as green-leafed varieties, but you might want to spend a little more time keeping these gorgeous leaves clean.
‘Domino’ grows 30 inches tall and wide. Leaves have wavy edges and are shot with white dots and splotches.
‘Piscasso’ has large color breaks of white across each leaf, giving it a Cubist look, as if painted by the artist himself. This rare beauty is small, only reaching about 12 inches tall at maturity.
15. Diamond Varigata
‘Diamond Varigata’ grows to 18 inches high and wide. Each leaf sports an irregular green and white pattern of splashes, splotches, streaks, and breaks
16. Silver Streak
‘Silver Streak’ has gray-green foliage with a silvery white stripe down the center rib. New foliage emerges lighter green. ‘White Stripe’ is very similar to ‘Silver Streak’. Both are small, only reaching about 12 inches in height.
These are just a few of the 100 or so peace lily varieties that are available. You’re sure to find one that fits your home.