Native to Colombia and Venezuela, peace lilies, more formally known as Spathiphyllum, are a very popular choice for homes and indoor spaces. In addition to their simple yet elegant appearance, they also require very little maintenance or natural light, making them the obvious choice for an indoor plant. Indoor plants not only add greenery to your space but also have various benefits for your physical and mental well-being.
Top Plants That Look Like Peace Lily
If you’re a fan of the beauty and ease of the lovely peace lily, this article will outline a number of very similar-looking and characteristically equivalent flowers that you can add to any garden for that fantastical look that peace lilies deliver!
Also known as laceleaf, this flower is probably the most often confused for a peace lily, and for obvious reasons. Both flowers have a spikey, elongated flower that grows out from the center with soft petals that cushion around it.
Anthuriums grow in all sorts of alluring, vibrant colors, but have been known to cause irritation to skin and eyes due to the calcium oxalate crystals found in its sap; so, while beautiful, it is advised to handle these guys with an air of caution.
2. Calla Lily
The Calla Lily, also known as Zantedeschia, could also be easily confused with the peace lily. In the same family, they both can grow upwards and cylindrical with a vertical flower growing in the center.
Calla lilies require a bit more maintenance, as they prefer direct sunlight and warm climates, but will also dry out if too hot. It is important to keep the soil moist, but well drained. They can be found across the world in a variety of colors, from a simple and elegant white, to a vibrant and vivacious red.
Dracaena are often confused with peace lilies due to their similar characteristics during their early stages of growth.
Once matured, it begins to diversify and grows distinctive greenish-gray leaves with white and yellow flower clusters in its center. Dracaena are also known to be drought resistant and do not require a lot of light, making them a great choice to keep indoors.
4. Epipremnum aureum
A type of pothos plant, also known as Devil’s Ivy, is also a great choice to grow indoors. They are characterized most predominantly by their long, hanging vines and green tear-shaped leaves.
Pothos plants are very easy to cultivate as they work well in all kinds of soil and growing conditions. Just be sure to not have them in direct sunlight, as that may dry them out.
Although Ivy has a distinct heart-shaped leaf that the peace lily doesn’t, this plant is still a lovely addition to any home garden that pairs nicely with the peace lily.
Ivy, like pothos, has long hanging stems which make them a very visually appealing plant to keep in your home. Try potting and placing your ivy in a hanging wicker basket for a bohemian, tranquil feel.
Also known as the “bird of paradise” flower, the strelitzia stands out amongst the crowd. This gorgeous plant can be characterized by its sharp, beak-like petals, ranging in colors of orange, white, and/or purplish blue.
They can grow up to 2m tall and require little maintenance or watering once matured, making them an ideal home or office plant.
The Monstera deliciosa, also known as the Swiss cheese plant (is anyone else starting to get hungry?) is a phenomenal and whimsical addition to any indoor home garden. They can grow a whopping 20 meters tall in the wild, though usually cap out at about 3 meters when grown indoors.
When growing, they are cylindrical and somewhat scaley, making them more difficult to distinguish from the peace lily.
Once matured, however, these plants have very apparent differences. Most unique are its giant leaves (with swiss cheese-like holes – now things are making sense) that can grow as big as 90 by 70 cm in size.
One important thing to keep in mind when growing monstera indoors is that it is moderately toxic to dogs and cats due to the calcium oxalate crystals on its leaves. These needle-like toxins can also cause irritation to human skin.
8. Dracaena trifasciata
I find this species of plant to be one of the most visually appealing indoor plants you can find. Also known as the snake plant, its leaves grow sharp and upward, often dark green with horizontal lines in the center and are outlined with a light green or yellow border.
They make a great indoor house plant because, in addition to being drought resistant and not requiring a lot of sunlight, NASA confirmed that they even house properties that rid your home of toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene. Nature’s air filter!
This plant goes by many intriguing names, some of which include: viper’s bowstring, Saint George’s sword, and mother-in-law’s tongue (I’d like to know the backstory behind that one).
9. Aspidistra Elatior
Also called the cast-iron or bar-room, is a flowering plant native to China, Japan and Taiwan. It joins the others on this list for being known as low maintenance, known to withstand neglect (hence where it gets its name cast-iron plant).
Still, it is best to place it away from direct sunlight to avoid overdrying or leaf bleaching. It has a similar appearance to the peace lily due to its budding flower: an 8-lobed cream and maroon flower in its center (almost resembling an inside-out dragonfruit).
10. Andromeda Polifolia
These bell-shaped flowers bloom in the early spring, and can sometimes be mistaken for peace lilies in their early stages due to their evergreen leaves that surround a budding flower.
Once matured, it would be very hard to confuse the two, as the bog-rosemary (secondary name) sprouts several flowers which range between white and pink.
The bog-rosemary is a little bit more high maintenance than its counterparts on this list, as the type of soil it requires is a bit more nit-picky. It requires damp and acidic soil, and should almost always avoid direct sunlight.
It is also toxic for consumption due to its levels of grayanotoxin, known to cause stomach upset, dizziness and respiratory problems.
The peace lily is a lovely addition to anyone’s home or office space with its elegant appearance and low-maintenance upkeep. There are many visually appealing plants that can add a sense of peace and tranquility to anyhome, while also thriving under indoor climates.
Whichever plant you choose to keep in your home, knowing its preferred environment and specific needs is the best chance at upholding your own little garden of Eden indoors.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I tell my peace lily needs water?
It is quite simple to be able to determine if your peace lily is in need of watering. If you start to notice its leaves drooping, consider that your sign that the plant is lacking moisture and requires watering.
Under the right care, peace lilies have been known to survive up to 3-5 years outdoors, and a whopping two decades or more grown indoors. With that being said, it’s safe to say that if you have a green thumb and take good care of your peace lily, you may want to put it in your will.
How often do you need to water peace lilies?
There’s not a specific timeline for how much you need to water your peace lily, as it all depends on the environment of your home. What you should keep in mind is that soil should be slightly damp to the touch.
If the soil still feels damp, consider waiting a day or two before watering again to avoid oversaturating the plant. Too much water may cause the roots to rot.
How many types of peace lilies are there?
It may come as a surprise to find out, but there are actually over 40 different types of peace lilies. They range in size from small to large, and from common to rare. The largest peace lily is the Spathiphyllum ‘Sensation’, which can grow upwards to 6ft tall with 20-inch long leaves.
The rarest is the white sails. This peace lily is characterized by its large green and white marbled leaves. Native to the Americas and Southeast Asia, the plant starts its life with a creamy and ivory tone, developing more green as it ages.
Like the rest of its peace lily family, it has proven air purifying benefits, making it a fantastic house plant.
Hey, I’m Lisa and I’ve been an avid gardener for over 30 years. I love writing, talking and living in the garden! Feel free to connect with me on my socials below