16 Types of Peace Lily | Varieties of Spathiphyllum

Across the globe, Peace Lilies (spathiphyllum) are often associated with serenity and tranquillity and offered as symbols of sombre remembrance and comfort.

Below, you’ll see 16 of the most popular types of peace lilies to grow as houseplants. Out of roughly 50 documented species, these have proven the most robust in indoor environments.

Without extreme variegation, these will thrive in various light conditions (even artificial) and seldom fall victim to pests or diseases.

Different Varieties of Peace Lily Plants  

Many Peace Lily varieties can be difficult to tell apart. Subtle distinctions may appear in the height of leaf stalks or spathe stems.

In some cases, it’s in leaf size. While in others, it’s a deeper foliage colour,  resulting from a heavier chlorophyll concentration. Or, how pronounced leaf veining is.

A few make identification easier, presenting unique leaf variegation that requires more sunlight to support.

What brings them all together as a family is their mounding, clumping growth habits, glossy, lanceolate leaves and, of course, those pretty, white, hooded spathes that gracefully rise through. 

Little Angel Peace Lily

1. Little Angel Peace Lily

The ‘Little Angel’ is a dwarf cultivar that only reaches 12-15” tall and wide. This will thrive on a kitchen counter or side table in bright, filtered light or lower, like in a north-facing window.

A more prolific bloomer than larger types, this cultivar presents relatively small, spear-shaped leaves, in a rich green, that unfurl on short, clumping stalks. 

In spring, buds rise through that open with gossamer angel’s wings encasing a tiny spathe.

Caution with placement is recommended, however, as peace lilies contain calcium oxalate crystals that can cause severe health issues if ingested.

Jet Diamond Peace Lily

2. Jet Diamond Peace Lily

The Jet Diamond is an offspring of the ‘Domino’ Peace lily. Displaying almost identical variegation, but with broader leaves and a more compact, mature size of 24” tall and wide.

This hardy hybrid also tends to maintain its streaks of silver and white variegation in lower light, unlike its parent plant. But, does prefer bright, diffused light for robust growth and vibrant colour, as well as above-average humidity.

Peace Lilies are thirsty plants and grow best in consistently moist (but not soggy) soil. Drooping leaves are their way of telling you they need to be watered.

Picasso Peace Lily

3. Picasso Peace Lily

As are most Picasso works, this namesake cultivar is rare and coveted for its abstract colour variations and commanding presence. Expansive, glossy leaves present random voids of green chlorophyll cells, leaving them a crisp white.

In spring and early summer, this releases 3” tall spathes with an ovate, protective hood that reaches just above the foliage. Softening the plant’s appearance even further as it grows to a potential 5 ft tall, with a 2 ft spread.

Loose, well-draining soil and bright, diffused light will encourage vigorous growth without the risk of root rot or pest attraction.

Sensation Peace Lily

4. Sensation Peace Lily

If you’re looking for a houseplant that makes a large, dramatic statement in different light levels, this cultivar is creating a sensation.

Much easier to find than a ‘Picasso’, this grand plant matures to 6 ft tall by 3ft wide. Each elliptical leaf is of equally substantial size with rich colour and deep veining and unfolds from atop a thick, 20” tall stem.

Preferring morning or afternoon sun, the ‘Sensation’ is tolerant of lower light and occasional drought. Yet, just like all types of Peace Lily, should be watered when the top 50% of the soil is dry.

Cupido Peace Lily

5. Cupido Peace Lily

This intriguing Peace Lily type is native to tropical Southern Mexico. The ‘Cupido’ typically matures to around 3 ft tall with tapered, lanceolate leaves that display striking, dark green veining and edging on a chartreuse or white background.

Narrow, pointed bracts of bright white bloom around a centre spathe in early summer and can last for a full month. Bright diffused light will maintain defined variegation and encourage increased blooming.

Potted Peace Lilies will eventually deplete the soil of nutrients. Replenish these once or twice per growing season with a 10-10-10 NPK for balanced nutrition.

White Stripe Peace Lily

6. White Stripe Peace Lily

The ‘White Stripe’ is a petite variety, maturing to just 15” all around. Aside from appealing variegation, the leaves are slightly thicker. This allows for more efficient water retention and photosynthesis, especially in lower light conditions.

New leaves emerge in a spiralling rosette formation and, typical of most types of Peace Lily, respond well to indoor temperatures between 60° and 85°F (15°-30°C) and average humidity around 50%.

Loose, loamy soil should be kept on the moist side and watered when the soil is dry down to 2”, as Peace lilies are susceptible to root rot.

Sebastiano Peace Lily

7. Sebastiano Peace Lily

The ‘Sebastiano’ presents some of the tallest leaf stems on this list, which grow in a tight, clumping, upright formation that pushes it up to 6 ft, in height.

Long leaves (10-15”) have rich colour and deep veining but are delicate and easily torn. If growing this on the floor, beware that this can be toxic to pets and small children. 

Lush growth is fueled by bright, filtered light and well-draining soil with a pH between 5.8 and 6.5. Keep the soil moist by routinely watering when the soil is dry to the touch.

 Domino Peace Lily

8. Domino Peace Lily

Imagine the ‘Jet Diamond’ growing 2 ft tall with an impressive 4 ft spread and you’ve got the ‘Domino’. As one of the most common variegated types, its easy care requirements make this a fantastic, subtly variegated option for beginners and will grow in both bright and filtered or lower-light environments.

Water your ‘Domino’ when the top 2” of its well-draining soil is dry and mist daily in arid environments. As with all Peace Lily types, the ‘Domino’ is sensitive to overwatering. So, the frequency of each will depend on the season and indoor conditions.

 Mauna Loa Peace Lily

9. Mauna Loa Peace Lily

Leaves on the Mauna Loa are so large that they appear stemless, revealing iridescent undertones embedded within rich green colouration and embossed veining.

In summer, this will release a single, yellow-hued bloom (two, if it’s really happy), of equally substantial size, on a tall, sturdy stem.

Outdoors, in tropical climates, the ‘Mauna Loa’ can reach 6 ft tall and wide. As a gorgeous houseplant, it will grow to roughly half that. 

Unique characteristics make this grand cultivar sensitive to harsh tap water. When its well-draining soil is 50% dry, water with filtered or aerated water.

Piccolino Peace Lily

10. Piccolino Peace Lily

Piccolino is Italian for “little one” and while this only grows to 12” tall and wide, it’s certainly not short on character.

A generous and uniform layer of chlorophyll cells results in pure green, tapered, lanceolate leaves with furrowed veining.

In spring or summer (depending on local temperatures), pink spathes rise up on lithe stems, protected by a white, feather-like bract.

This solid green colour means the ‘Piccolino’ will thrive even in front of a window with lower light. However, its leaves and roots are delicate. So, it’s important to keep it away from cold drafts.

Figaro Peace Lily

11. Figaro Peace Lily

The same tolerance for different light levels is ‘Figaro’. The difference is a much larger maturity size of 3 ft tall, with an 18” spread.

While some varieties of Peace Lily only bloom once per growing season, the ‘Figaro’ will often bloom twice, each lasting for 4-6 weeks. 

To encourage this, position your ‘Figaro’ in bright, filtered light, fertilize every few months when needed and water when the soil is dry down 2”.

Side benefits of quality care are lush foliage on a long-lived plant that has increased resistance to pests and disease.

Wallisii Peace Lily

12. Wallisii Peace Lily

For such a compact plant (15” tall and wide), the ‘Wallisii’ has very long leaves. Each flowing out 10”, from a tightly-clumping base, on slender stems. Although, in optimal conditions, the Wallisii has been known to grow bigger.

From this glossy crown, 3” tall, spear-shaped spathes emerge on relatively long stems. First, in a chartreuse colour. Then, slowly fading to pure white. As with all Peace Lilies, the rhizomatous roots of a ‘Wallisii’ don’t do well in compacted soil. Airy, well-draining potting mixes containing perlite, vermiculite, wood chips or coco coir work best.

Clevelandii Peace Lily

13. Clevelandii Peace Lily

If you’ve recently seen a peace lily at your local nursery, it was most likely a ‘Clevelandii’. This popular cultivar is known for having a dramatic presence as it matures to 3 ft tall and wide.

Long-lasting, white blooms, with cream and pink spathes, appear as soon as spring temperatures trigger their growth. Once blooming has ended the show continues with glossy, green leaves that reach 18” in length.

These can be cleaned regularly with a damp cloth to remove dust and checked for mealy bugs, which are the most common pest associated with Peace Lilies.

Allison Peace Lily

14. Allison Peace Lily

Like many Peace Lily varieties, the ‘Allison’ will grow nicely outside, in warm climates. Reaching roughly 2 ½ ft in height with a spread that depends on its growing space.

Large, solid green leaves enable this cultivar to thrive along shadowed pathways and in the dappled sunlight beneath large trees.

In colder climates, these flourish near a bright, indoor window with filtered light and temperatures above 65°F (18°C).

The roots of this type are so robust that they can even be grown in hydroponic systems. Yet, prefer moist, loamy soil that’s allowed to somewhat dry between waterings.

Bongo Bongo Peace Lily

15. Bongo Bongo Peace Lily

This hybrid is a stand-out among large Peace Lily types. With broad, oversized leaves and subtle variegation, the Bongo Bongo can reach heights of 4-6 ft, with an equal spread, if given the room. 

In brighter, outdoor light, chlorophyll cells scatter. Resulting in leaves fading from rich green to a soft sage with darker undersides. 

Indoors, its sheer size is the main attraction. Vigorous growth is encouraged by consistently moist and nutrient-rich, well-draining soil and temperatures around 70°F (21°C).

But, you can keep this smaller and still enjoy its large leaves and lush growing habit.

Power Petite Peace Lily

16. Power Petite Peace Lily

As we started, we’ll end with a petite Spathiphyllum with a powerful presence. This hard-to-find cultivar matures to just 18” high by 12” wide and fits beautifully in vintage and modern interiors, alike.

Teardrop leaves shine a rich green and is mimicked in shape by dainty flowers that bloom profusely in warm weather. These tend to unfurl in a creamy, off-white, compared to the crisp white blooms on other varieties.

This also prefers higher humidity, so occasional misting may be necessary for dry environments. But, not so much that mould and bacterial infections are encouraged.

Basic Peace Lily Care

These can also be vibrant, joyful houseplants that are not only stunning in their simplicity but very easy to maintain. 

  • Potential growth height & spread: 3 ft tall and wide for smaller cultivars. Large specimens can reach 6ft tall and wide.
  • Watering: Water when the soil is 50% dry to avoid overwatering damage.
  • Light: Non-variegated types can tolerate low to bright, filtered light conditions. Variegated varieties require consistently bright, diffused light.
  • Best temperature: All Peace Lily Types prefer temperatures between 65° and 85°F with roughly 60% humidity.
  • Soil: A loamy potting mix with an equal balance of moisture retention and drainage.
  • Toxicity: Contains calcium oxalate crystals that can cause mild to severe health issues in pets and small children.
  • Common problems and pests: Aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites can appear on plants receiving insufficient care. Root rot and yellowing leaves may result from over or underwatering.
  • Propagation: Peace lily is best propagated by division or transplanting offsoots.

Types of Peace Lily Final Thoughts

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced grower, there is no blooming houseplant easier to maintain than a Peace Lily. Given what we’ve just explored, there’s no shortage of options, either!

If you live in a warm climate, try adding a Bongo Bongo, Mauna Loa or Allison to your landscaping list and watch them prosper.

Indoors, there are different Peace Lily cultivars to accommodate any space and light level. All they require is sufficient sunlight for photosynthesis, warmth and moisture for healthy growth and adequate humidity to prevent drying and pest infestations. 

FAQ Varieties of Peace Lily Plants

Reference

Clemson.edu College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences – Peace Lily

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Ben's horticultural interest grew when graduating from Hertfordshire University in 1997. Having contributed to numerous publications including Better Homes & Gardens, Garden Design Magazine, and The English Garden. He is also the author of Propagating Houseplants Made Easy.