This spring, one of our most popular and elegant indoor potted plants, the Peace Lily will be arriving in retailers near you. To shed light on this botanical gem, we turned to our HortyGirl Potted Plant Expert for fascinating insights and creative living decor suggestions.

Known by various common names such as Peace Lily, White Sails, or Spathe Flower, the scientific name for this beauty is Spathiphyllum wallisii. With its lush foliage, striking white blooms and easy-care nature, Peace Lilies stand out as one of the most sought-after indoor potted plants.

If you’ve purchased your Peace Lily indoor potted plant from a nearby retailer or received it as a gift and you’re seeking inspiration to decorate your home or office with this tropical wonder, keep reading to explore fun facts and living decor ideas tailored for this plant.

Peace Lily Potted Plant Fun Facts

The Origins Of the Peace Lily Potted Plant

The Peace Lily indoor potted plant originates from the tropical regions of Central and South America, primarily found in the rainforests of Colombia and Venezuela. Its journey to global popularity began in the late 19th century when it was first introduced to Europe by Gustav Wallis, a German plant collector and botanist. Wallis is known for his expeditions to Central and South America, where he collected various plant species, including the Peace Lily. Hence the scientific name of the Peace Lily is named after Gustav Wallis. The rest of the scientific name, “Spathiphyllum” is from the Greek words, “Spath” meaning spoon and “Phyl” meaning leaves.

The plant gained widespread recognition not only for its stunning white blooms and lush foliage, but also for its ability to thrive in indoor environments with minimal care.

Symbolism of the Peace Lily Potted Plant

With its elegant white flowers and lush green leaves, the Peace Lily has become a universal symbol of peace, purity, and tranquility. The purity of its white flowers is often associated with innocence and harmony, while its resilient nature symbolizes hope and renewal.

Often given as a gift to convey sympathy or to wish someone peace and healing or used as a decorative accent to create a calming peaceful atmosphere, the Peace Lily inspires and uplifts hearts with its timeless symbolism.

The Peace Lily indoor potted plant is also a great plant in Feng Shui practices, known to balance energies inside homes and workplaces converting negative energy to positive.

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Features of the Peace Lily Potted Plant

Characterized by its lush green foliage and elegant white blooms, the Peace Lily indoor potted plant displays an air of elegance and sophistication. Its glossy, dark green oval shaped leaves narrow to a point forming a dense canopy. Peace lilies grow from rhizomes, which are underground stems that produce roots and shoots. This growth pattern allows them to spread gradually, forming dense clumps over time.

Typically blooming in spring and summer, the iconic white flowers of the Peace Lily, often mistaken for petals, are actually modified leaves called spathes, which surround the tiny flowers. These flowers emerge on slender stalks, rising above the foliage like delicate sails.

Not only admired for its aesthetic appeal, the Peace Lily indoor potted plant also possesses remarkable air-purifying properties, making it a valuable addition to indoor environments. Peace lilies are among the plants identified by the NASA Clean Air Study to be effective in removing indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.

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Top Living Decor Ideas for the Peace Lily Potted Plant

Incorporating the Peace Lily indoor potted plant into your living decor offers a myriad of creative décor opportunities that enhance both aesthetic appeal and indoor ambiance.

One decor idea that showcases this elegant plant is by placing it as a focal point in a well-lit room on a living room coffee table or as a centerpiece on a dining room table, allowing its glossy green leaves and pristine white blooms to command attention.

To add visual interest, consider pairing the Peace Lily with complementary foliage plants or with multiple Peace Lilies. A potted plant that pairs well with Peace Lilies is the Sansevieria potted plant. With its upright growth habit and similar easy-care nature, Sansevieria contrasts beautifully with the Peace Lily. You can also try grouping multiple Peace Lilies at varying heights to create a lush, tropical display that infuses any setting with natural vibrancy.

For a contemporary twist, elevate the Peace Lily indoor potted plant on a decorative stand or hang it in a macramé plant hanger, allowing its graceful foliage to cascade elegantly. Additionally, in order to evoke a sense of serenity and balance, you can also try integrating the Peace Lily into themed arrangements, such as a Zen-inspired meditation corner to bring in positive energy or in a minimalist Scandinavian style interior.

Finishing Up

The Peace Lily is a cherished indoor potted plant, celebrated for its enduring beauty, resilience, and symbolic meaning. With its versatile nature, there are a variety of ways to incorporate this lovely potted plant into your home or office living decor. On a tabletop, shelf, or window sill, the Peace Lily effortlessly enhances any living space with its timeless elegance and serene presence.

Whether you purchased the Peace Lily for personal enjoyment or received it as a gift, this tropical gem promises to leave a lasting impression, enriching any living environment with its natural charm.

You can find our Peace Lily potted plant at a  local HortyGirl retailer near you.  If you’re looking for plant care, read our Peace Lily potted plant top care tips blog.