Peace Lily or Closet Plant (Spathiphyllum)
Beautiful and effective, the Peace Lily is anything but peaceful (to eat) — this lily is poisonous to all your loved ones. Do not leave in reach of children or pets (especially cats).
To compensate for its poisonous proclivity to form oxalates that bind to calcium in your blood and render its victims ill with eye- and throat-catching oxalate crystals, the Peace Lily boasts a high transpiration rate. All better…?
Peace Lily will produce beautiful white spathes. The flower may be cut (with no damage to the plant) to prevent the release of pollen.
The Peace lily excels in the removal of alcohols, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde. Just don’t eat it. Nor touch its sap. Etc.
Semi-sun to semi-shade, but not extended periods in direct sunlight.
Thriving in lower lighted areas, the Peace lily can thrive in most indoor environments. Place it within 5 to 8 feet of a window for optimal results. Do not place your plant in direct sunlight; direct sunlight can damage the Peace lily’s foliage. Yellow leaves signal too much exposire to direct sunlight or underwatering; move the plant to a less-lighted area and mist the leaves.
Water heavily once a week or when leaves slightly droop. Let the soil dry between waterings. If the plant is too dry, lower leaves may yellow — remove them. Mist the leaves and wash them with a damp cloth, especially in the dry air of winter months, to prevent insect attacks.
First Aid: If your pets or children ingest this lily, rinse the mouth thoroughly with water and call for medical assistance (veterinary or human). Give the subject some calcium-rich food (yogurt, for example) to prevent the oxalates from fully binding with and therefore removing calcium in the blood. Encourage the subject to drink lots of water to flush out the oxalate crystals.