Houseplants that produce flowers can be difficult to find. Peace lily is an exception. Its white flower sits on top of a long stem but the real attraction is the white spathe that surrounds the flower like a Tudor queen’s ruff. This and its tropical foliage make peace lily one of the more attractive houseplants. Peace lily can tolerate shade but will produce the best blooms if placed in a sunny window. They let you know they are thirsty with a sad droop. I take this as a message to water all of my houseplants.
Peace lily is at the top of the NASA list of indoor plants for cleaning indoor air. It excels at removing benzene, a common VOC often found in paints, plastic, dyes, and oils. Benzene is a skin and eye irritant, and inhalation of high levels has led to respiratory disease and liver and kidney damage. In a sealed chamber, peace lily removed 79.5% of the benzene over a 24 hour period.
Please note: Peace Lily is poisonous to cats, dogs and humans if ingested.
For Part 1 in this series, go to: http://greenlifestyles.org/indoor-plants/
For Part 2 in this series, go to: http://greenlifestyles.org/indoor-plants-a-life-support-system-part-2/
Wolverton, B.C. Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollutant Abatement. Stennis Space Center, MS. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 1989.