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Plants That Purify: Peace Lily

We all could benefit from a cheap and beautiful way to improve a home's indoor air quality. That's why I'm bringing you an ongoing series on house plants that are particularly good at purifying the air.

Next up in our series is the peace lily.

Peace lily, which is also known as the friendship plant, produces an abundance of long, dark leaves and, if it receives proper amounts of sunlight, fertilizer, and water, the lily will produce a beautiful bloom that looks like a small ear of corn covered by a white hood. Most peace lilies grow between 1- to 4-ft. tall and wide.

The peace lily will tolerate low, interior light but thrives in bright, filtered light. But like fair-skinned folks, the peace lily will sunburn if placed in bright light. This plant prefers well-drained soil and minimal fertilizer. Wipe the leaves with a damp, soft cloth to remove dust. If your plant isn't flowering, try placing it in brighter — but not direct — light to encourage floral growth. If the edges of the leaves turn brown, you can reverse the problem by either watering more regularly or reducing fertilization.

Make sure to check out Sgdish's beautiful peace lily that she posted in Su Casa.


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jmartinisu jmartinisu 9 years
I love mine!! I've had it for 3 years and it's the only plant that I've managed to keep alive. :)
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I think my mom has one, but it has never bloomed. The leaves sure look like a peace lily's though.
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
I love this flower! My mom used to have one, but I think she killed it, oops!
hottpink hottpink 9 years
terry-I did some research and it looks like all types of lilies are dangerous to cats :( Bummer
hottpink hottpink 9 years
I am wondering the same thing terrywagner...let me know if you find any info!
terrywagner123 terrywagner123 9 years
I ned some peace in my house, but, I have to know if I nibble it will I get sick. Does anyone out there know if kitties can munch on it?
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Ooooo, I want to get one of these!!! you know if it is cat safe????
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
mine looks kind of sick... i think i need to re-pot it...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Sooooooooooo pretty!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Sooooooooooo pretty!
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