Types Of Peace Lily: Everything You Need To Know

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Indoor plant growers always looking for aesthetic and beneficial plants. What if you get a plant that has different varieties for choosing the best one for your space with lots of benefits. 

I’m talking about none other than peace lily. To add an extra dimension to your interior with gorgeous types of plants, peace lily has no substitute. 

10 Different Types Of Peace Lily

Do not worry; from this wonderful guide, you will get to know 15 of the most popular types of peace lilies to grow as houseplants out of these 47 species. Keep reading to know the details. 

Main Facts:

  •  There are about 47 types of peace lily.
  •  Only a few varieties of peace lily are easier to identify, presenting unique leaf variegation.
  • Sensation can produce large white flowers that can measure up to 10 inches long.

How Many Types Of Peace Lilies Are There, And How To Tell Them Apart?

Peace lilies are tropical plants in the genus Spathiphyllum, which belong to the family Araceae, but they are not true lilies.  They are native to tropical regions of the Americas and southeastern Asia, where they grow on the forest floor in moist and shady conditions.

How Many Types Of Peace Lilies Are There, And How To Tell Them Apart

Peace lilies have 47 different species. They are evergreen plants with large leaves 12–65 cm long and 3–25 cm broad. They produce elegant white flowers in a spadix, surrounded by 10–30 cm long, white, yellowish, or greenish spathes. There are numerous cultivars and hybrids of peace lilies under these species. 

But many varieties of peace lilies can be difficult to tell apart. There can be a little distinction in leaf stalk height, and spathe stems. In some varieties have similar leaf size, flower color, and overall appearance. Only a few varieties of peace lily are easier to identify, presenting unique leaf variegation that requires more sunlight to support.

To tell them apart, you can look at the following features:

  • The size and shape of the leaves: Some varieties have larger, longer, or wider leaves than others. Some also have distinctive patterns on their leaves, such as ribs, stripes, or splashes.
  • The color and shape of the flowers: Some peace lilies produce pure white flowers, while others have a hint of pink, green, or yellow. 
  • The number and frequency of the flowers: Some varieties can flower more frequently than others. Some also have different flowering seasons, such as spring, summer, or year-round.

Types Of Peace Lily

There are many types of peace lily.All  peace lily plants are not suited for all environments. Those who are aesthetic-minded are always looking for a cultivar that perfectly matches their place and surroundings.

Knowing different kind of peace lily can help them to pick the right one. Are you thinking, how do I identify my peace lily? Here are some popular types of peace lily with pictures:c 

Wallisii Peace Lily

Botanical name is Spathiphyllum wallisii, and it is named after Gustav Wallis, the German plant collector who discovered it in Colombia.

Wallisii has very long leaves compared with compact varieties (15” tall and wide). Each of the leaves can flow out 12” from a tightly-clumping base on slender stems. If it can get proper growing conditions. It can grow up to 3 feet tall if you can take care of it correctly.

Wallisii Peace Lily

Additionally, wallisii peace lilies are renowned for their sporadic flowering throughout the year. The flowers usually appear in spring and summer and they can reach 4-6 inches long. 

To add extra elegance you can set up wallisii on the tabletops, desks, shelf, or floor pot. or you can add gibberellic acid to boost its growth.

Sensation Peace Lily

Are you looking for a houseplant that can make a large, dramatic statement in different light conditions? The sensation would be the best choice for you. Its botanical name is Spathiphyllum ‘Sensation’, and it is one of the largest cultivars of peace lily that can reach up to 6 feet tall and wide. 

Sensation Peace Lily

Their evergreen dark, ribbed and thick leaves can grow up to 20 inches long and 10 inches wide. A wavy margin and a pointed tip on leaves multiply its beauty. By setting them on the table tops, shelves, or living room corner, you can add a touch of tropical flair to your indoor or working spaces. 

White Stripe Peace Lily

This is a rare and unique cultivar of peace lilies with distinctive white stripes on leaves. The white stripe is also a compact variety that grows only just 15” all around. 

Their appealing broad leaves are slightly thicker. For this reason, they need more efficient watering, especially in low light conditions.  Their signature feature is the long-lasting white flowers, consisting of a distinctive spathe enveloping a central spadix. 

White Stripe Peace Lily

Beyond their aesthetic charm, this cultivar inherits the low-maintenance traits of the peace lily family. Thriving in low-light conditions and purifying indoor air from common pollutants. 

You can place them in the living room, bedroom, and in the bathroom as they like high humidity levels. Make sure your peace lily is getting the right amount of light.

Mauna Loa Peace Lily

Mauna Loa has large, glossy, lance-shaped leaves with a rich green coloration. In summer, they produce a single, yellow-hued bloom (two, if it’s really happy) of equally substantial size on a tall, sturdy stem. 

Mauna Loa Peace Lily

As they are very good houseplants, they can grow up to 3 feet tall in indoor environments. But outdoors, they can reach up to 6 feet with proper shaded environments. 

Piccolino Peace Lily

Picoliano, or Spathiphyllum ‘Piccolino’, is a dwarf variety of peace lily. While they grow only 12” tall and wide, it’s a very popular choice for compact spaces.  As their leaves have a gorgeous and uniform layer of chlorophyll. They look pure green and can grow up to 20 cm long and 10cm wide.

Piccolino Peace Lily

Their petite white flowers with pale yellow centers can increase your indoor beauty. It usually grows no taller than 30cm. It is ideal for small spaces like shelves and tabletops.

However, you should know they contain calcium oxalate crystals, which are toxic to pets and humans. If ingested, it can cause irritation and swelling of the mouth and throat. So, consider placing them away from babies and animals that are prone to nibble. 

Domino Peace Lily

Actually, domino is a type of variegated peace lily. It has dark green leaves with white flecks that look like paint splatters. The striking leaves of the Domino Peace Lily look way harder to take care of than they actually are.

Domino Peace Lily

Wait, they are not hard to take care of. In fact, the Domino Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Domino’) is gorgeous. This is an easy-care houseplant that practically everyone can grow — even if you don’t have the greenest thumb on the block.

‘Domino’ is sensitive to overwatering. So, allow watering when the top 2 inches of its well-draining soil feels dry. 

Little Angel Peace Lily

Little angel peace lilies are one of the popular miniature versions of the common household peace lily plant. They are perfect for countertops and tables and do not require intensive care or maintenance.

Little Angel Peace Lily

They look the same as the standard variety, showing dark green foliage, and pure white flowers, but their size is much smaller, and the plant is more compact.

Another characteristic that sets the little angel variety apart is its ability to bloom more frequently than other spathiphyllum varieties. 

In spring and summer, you will find buds opening with gossamer angel wings encasing a tiny spathe.

Jet Diamond Peace Lily

You can be confused with a jet diamond peace lily and a ‘Domino”. You can separate them by seeing broader leaves and a more compact size of Jet Diamond. 

Jet Diamond is a stunning clumping plant that has glossy green and silvery white variegated textured leaves. Their tall white flowers bloom in late Spring to early Summer. Also great as an air purifying plant indoors.

Jet Diamond Peace Lily

After getting their maturity, they become 64 cm talls and wide. To ensure their robust growth and vibrant color, place them in a place where they can get enough indirect sunlight and avoid exposing them to direct sunlight. Then, thoroughly water them and mist the leaves.  Otherwise, your peace lily will show a drooping appearance. 

Picasso Peace Lily

The Picasso peace lily is a commercially rare variant and is recognizable by the white and green foliage in the leaves, which look like paint strokes. They produce creamy white spikes with tiny flowers from the center of the leaves.

Picasso Peace Lily

Their pattern of leaf variegation is random and can change as the plant develops. As they are sensitive to certain chemicals in the water, you should provide them with distilled or filtered water to maintain their aesthetic appearance. 

Cupido Peace Lily

This impressive type of peace lily is native to tropical Southern Mexico. 

This is an evergreen herbaceous perennial that is usually up to 3.3 feet tall, rarely up to 6 feet outdoors with proper shaded environments. 

Cupido Peace Lily

They shine your indoor space with tapered, lanceolate leaves that display striking, dark green veining and edging on a chartreuse or white background. You can enjoy their large white, inflorescences bloom for a full month, as well as they bloom all the year-round. 

What Are The Differences In Size And Appearance Among These Varieties?

There are various types of peace lilies. But most of them are difficult to separate from each other. Some of these varieties show different appearances including their size, leaf color, and frequency of flowering. Let’s see the difference in size and appearance among these varieties: 

Peace Lily VarietySizeAppearance
WallisiiModerate height;  can grow up to 3 feet tallGlossy, lance-shaped leaves; white flowers
SensationTall variety; can reach up to 6 feet tall and wide.Evergreen dark, ribbed and thick leaves with wavy margin and a pointed tip, and prominent white spathes
White Stripeis also a compact variety that grows only just 15”Appealing slightly thicker, broad leaves, long-lasting white flowers
Mauna Loa3 feet tall in indoor, in the outdoors, can reach up to 6 feet large, glossy, lance-shaped leaves with rich green coloration and  yellow-hued bloom
Piccolinodwarf variety, no taller than 30 cmdark green leaves with white flecks and petite white flowers
Domino2 ft tall with an impressive 4 ft spreadVariegated leaves with white and green patterns
Little Angeldwarf cultivar, reaches 12-15” tall small, spear-shaped leaves, in a rich green, that unfurl on short, clumping stalks. 
Jet Diamondmature size of 24” tall Compact size; smaller leaves; potential variegation
PicassoTall; up to 5 ftVariegated leaves with artistic patterns
Cupido3 ft tall when maturedark green veining and edging leaves. 

What Is The Difference Between A Peace Lily And A Variegated Peace Lily?

A peace lily is a common name for a tropical houseplant with glossy green leaves and white flowers. On the other hand, variegated peace lily varieties are relatively rare and often difficult to find in commercial shops.  If you don’t know the common difference between them, then check out this: 

CharacteristicPeace Lily (Spathiphyllum)Variegated Peace Lily
Foliage ColorSolid, uniform greenVaried color patterns
Leaf AppearanceGlossy, lance-shaped leavesVariegation in the form of stripes, spots, or mottling
Main AttractionWhite spathe (flower)Variegated foliage becomes a prominent visual feature
Aesthetic AppealElegant simplicityVisual interest through diverse leaf color patterns
Common CharacteristicsExcellent air purifier and low-maintenanceTolerance for low light, and adaptable to indoor conditions.

Which Types of Peace Lily Produce Larger Or Smaller Flowers?

There are more than 45 types of peace lilies available. Some of them are variegated cultivars. Some types of peace lily can grow 3-6 feet tall while some are only a few inches in height. 

And, all of them can produce beautiful, elegant white flowers. Usually,  giant peace lily varieties produce large flowers, and compact varieties introduce comparatively smaller flowers. 

Which Types Peace Lily Produce Larger Or Smaller Flowers

While flower size can vary depending on the growing conditions and care, I found the following types can produce larger and smaller flowers: 

  1. Sensation Peace Lily (Large flower): This is one of the largest varieties of peace lily, growing up to 6 feet tall and wide. It produces large white flowers that can measure up to 10 inches long.
  1. Piccolino Peace Lily (Smaller flower): This is a dwarf variety of peace lily, growing up to 12 inches tall and wide. It produces petite white flowers that can measure up to 2 inches long.

Tips To Choose The Right Peace Lily For You

Peace lilies are beautiful and easy-to-care-for plants that can brighten up any space. Now you know there are many types of peace lilies, each with different characteristics and needs. So, how do you choose the right peace lily for you? Which peace lily is best? I think you should follow these tips: 

Considered Your Space

First consider the size of your space. Peace lilies can vary in size from a few inches to 6 feet tall and wide, depending on the variety. If you have a small space, you might want to choose a dwarf or compact type, such as the piccolino, the little angel, or the jet diamond peace lilies. If you have a large space, you might want to choose a bigger and more impressive type, such as the sensation, the mauna loa, or the Wallisii peace lilies.

Considered The Light Requirement

Then you need to consider the amount of light you have. Peace lilies generally prefer low to medium indirect light, but some types need more light than others, especially the variegated ones.

If you have bright indirect light, you might want to choose a variegated type, such as the white stripe or the domino. If you have low light, choose a regular type, such as the Cupido, the patricia, or the wallisii peace lilies. 

Blooming Consideration

Next, the frequency of blooming can also be a matter of consideration. Peace lilies usually bloom in the spring, but some types bloom more often or longer than others. If you want to enjoy the flowers more often, you might want to choose a type that blooms year-round, such as the mauna loa. If you don’t mind the flowers less often, you might want to choose a type that blooms once or twice a year, such as the sensation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are There Specific Types That Are More Adaptable To Low Light Conditions?

Yes, there are specific types of peace lilies that are more adaptable to low light conditions than others such as: wallisii peace lily, Mauna Loa, cupido, etc. 

Which Types Thrive In Higher Humidity Levels?

Sensation Peace Lily, Domino, Jet Diamond, Picasso and some others can thrive in higher humidity as they are native to the tropical rainforests with higher humidity.

Why Is My Peace Lily Dying?

There are several possible reasons why your peace lily may be dying, such as overwatering, underwatering, low light, cold temperatures, nutrient problems, pests, or disease.

Why Is My Peace Lily Not Flowering?

There are several possible reasons why your peace lily may not be flowering, such as insufficient light, poor watering, nutrient deficiency, or old age.

Conclusion

Various types of peace lily allow you to choose the right peace lilies for your specific space. Different types have different sizes and appearance. There are also variegated types of peace lilies. 

Peace lilies are beneficial popular houseplants. So, by placing the right type of peace lily in the right place you can increase the beauty of your living or working spaces. 

You can follow the tips to choose the right one for your home. If you want to learn more then click here Plant-Trick.

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