Laurey W. Glenn
My wife, Judy, and I have a peace lily in the living room, a peace lily in the TV room, and a peace lily in the bedroom. Heck, we even have one in our bathroom.
They were gifts from her former boyfriend, and to show the world just how compassionate and generous I am, they're all still living and blooming. Caring for them doesn't tax my brain, as they're among the easiest of houseplants to grow. So, even if you're one of those people who seem to kill everything green indoors, to paraphrase John Lennon, give peace lily a chance.
Just the Facts
Native mainly to tropical America, peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.) is a perennial with leaves and stems rising directly from the soil. It is named for its flamboyant white blooms, which resemble flags of peace (or flags of surrender, depending on how you look at it). Happy peace lilies surrender constantly, producing bloom after bloom.
In reality, the showy part of the flower is a white, hoodlike sheath (called a spathe) attached to a spike of tiny true flowers. The spathe fades to green as it ages, at which point, you cut it off and wait for more.