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Peace lily
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A species of Peace lilies, Also known as White sails, Spathe flower
Botanical name : Spathiphyllum wallisii Genus : Peace lilies

Peace lily, A species of Peace lilies
Also known as:
White sails, Spathe flower
Botanical name: Spathiphyllum wallisii
Genus: Peace lilies
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Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

Description

The peace lily gets its scientific name Spathiphyllum wallisii from a combination of the two Greek words ‘spath’ and ‘phyl’, which means spoon and leaves, respectively. The large graceful white spath of the peace lily resembles a white flag, which is an international symbol of truce or peace.
Plant Type
Herb
Bloom Time
Spring, summer
Flower Color
White
Leaf Color
Green
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General Info

Name story

Peace lily
It was rumored that when the Europeans explorers first discovered this plant, it was located along the riverside. The white flowers actually reminded them about the white flag used during wartime to declare surrender. It also represents the peace from the absence of war, so it is called Peace Lily.

Symbolism

Peace, innocence, purity, healing, hope, prosperity

Usages

Garden Use
Peace lily is a tropical plant best suited to be an understory plant in conditions with moist soil and good drainage. In the garden, the appearance can be altered under different conditons. Provided more shade, this plant will produce striking, dark green foliage. With more light, white flowers are produced that contrast the darkness of its leaves.

What part of a peace lily is poisonous?

As beautiful as its flowers may be, the juice and sap of the peace lily plant are poisonous, with children and pets being especially at risk.

How toxic is peace lily to cats and dogs?

All vegetative parts of the peace lily contain the toxin that can cause severe poisoning in both humans and animals. Avoid your pets touching the plant if you have it at home.

Toxicity

The sap from the peace lily can be found in all parts of the plant, and this sap contains calcium oxalate crystals. These needle-sharp crystals are released from damaged parts of the plant, causing dermatitis on contact with the skin. If consumed, they trigger an inflammatory reaction in the form of swelling, usually in the mouth, lips and tongue. Nausea, headaches and constant salivation are also common.
An adult would need to consume a large amount of the plant for a severe reaction to take place, but children are affected more seriously. When ingested in large quantities, the peace lily removes calcium from the blood, leading to respiratory issues and kidney failure.

Toxicity in Animals

With the peace lily most commonly kept as an ornamental plant, it is usually curious household pets who are affected by its toxicity. However, since the plant causes immediate pain when bitten into, pets tend to be discouraged from taking a second bite, and therefore do not usually end up consuming much of the plant.
The calcium oxalate crystals in the peace lily sap affect animals in the same way as humans. If an animal bites or chews any part of the plant, they will experience a swollen mouth, tongue and throat, along with vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing. The pollen from the peace lily, when licked off paws and fur, can also lead to mild symptoms.

Potential Risks

Peace lily poisoning is most common in small children who accidentally consume a piece of the plant. And those who often handle the plant are at risk of contact dermatitis if a damaged part of the plant comes into contact with the skin.

How to Control it

The peace lily is slow to grow from seed, meaning that this isn’t a plant that will take over your garden. However, it is still commonly grown in a container, especially by those who have kids or pets, so that it can be kept out of reach.

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