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Share the Love: Peace Lily Companion Plants

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Peace lilies (spathiphyllum) are a must-have for beginner growers and anyone looking for a low-maintenance flowering plant. Standing alone, they're classic and elegant, but adding a friend or two can dramatically enhance their look.

Whether potted indoors or grown outside in a warm climate, peace lilies are fun to mix and match. As long as you choose plants that require similar living conditions and care, you can create a striking scene in any space.


Spider plants

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Spider plants go hand-in-hand with peace lilies because they're both excellent air purifiers, helping rid the air in your home of toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia. Therefore, they're the perfect pairing for those who want a cleaner and healthier living environment.

There are many spider plant variations, but all do well in hanging baskets or on plant stands where they can tumble over the side. The wallisii peace lily is a dwarf variety with long leaves that also cascade. Its foliage would be greatly enhanced by the striations of spider plant leaves.



Share to PinterestA young growing snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata, Mother-in-Law's Tongue) sits in a small white pot
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Even if you've never heard the name, you're probably familiar with dracaena. Common family members include the corn and snake plants. Their stoic and vibrant leaves pair well with the solid green of most peace lily varieties.

Both plants thrive in container gardens with low light, as direct sun will cause burning. Excessive fertilization will also burn the plants, but if you accidentally do this, at least you won't have to transplant them. Both species are receptive to leaching the soil, where you flush their pot with water to eliminate chemical buildups.



Share to PinterestPeperomia watermelon house plants with shoots and buds

Peperomia is a tropical ephiphyte, which means rather than growing in dirt, it finds a host to live on in the wild and develops a symbiotic relationship. There are over 1,000 types of peperomia, and all feature grand displays of colorful foliage.

Peperomia is a nice companion to peace lilies when you're looking for a bit of excitement. If you want to spice up your planter, add a piece of decaying wood and let the peperomia take root. With its tall stalks and high leaves, a Patricia peace lily will contribute shade and contrast to the ephiphyte without overshadowing its display.



Share to PinterestPotted 'Caladium White Queen' plant with white leaves and pink veins in basket on wooden table
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The vivid pink hues of this plant will add a burst of colorful shapes to any peace lily, but the Jessica spathiphyllum is an ideal companion for the lively and exciting foliage of the bold caladium. Unlike other peace lilies, Jessica's true magic happens in the summer. Caladium is a summer plant as well, so teaming them up is a fantastic seasonal choice.



Share to PinterestFoxtail fern
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If you need filler for a pot or ground cover for a garden, never forget about ferns. There are so many varieties to choose from, and they can endure almost any type of environment. Just remember that some can grow to over three feet tall.

Foxtail, asparagus, and holly ferns go nicely with peace lilies. The mauna loa supreme peace lily is an adventurous deviation from the sharpness of ferns. Its large size and wide, rounded leaves will offer a daring aesthetic to enliven any corner or empty space.



Share to PinterestA neon pothos plant in a white pot on a white table.
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Devil's ivy is arguably the most common variety of pothos, but there are plenty of varieties of this easy-care plant to choose from. The neon pothos is a bright chartreuse and would be fitting as a companion to the golden peace lily. They have similar coloring but slightly different shapes, making for a subtle yet curious pairing that's part upright grower and part vine.



Share to PinterestCroton leaves on branch
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Crotons feature a rainbow of exotic tropical foliage. They thrive in any lighting, so they're the perfect adornment to the peace lily. Plus, their care is essentially identical.

A powerful union for the croton is the clevelandii peace lily. Its dramatically long, cascading leaves would provide a sea of green underneath the tall stance of a croton. When the clevelandii flowers, its sturdy white blossoms will incorporate an additional dimension of striking color.



Share to Pinterestred flower of Episcia cupreata

Related to the African violet, the episcia is known as the violet flame. It's a diminutive flower with fuzzy leaves, but has a lot in common care-wise with the peace lily. They both like a northern window exposure, and they also do well with artificial light. Another commonality is their sensitivity to getting water on their leaves. This could lead to a deadly blight outbreak if left untreated.

This pair will do well in a smaller planter. Peace lilies don't mind being a bit rootbound, so a dwarf variety such as the power petite would look triumphant with a few violet flames spreading at its base. It's probably best to use the bottom watering method for this setup, which allows the roots to safely absorb moisture without any water hitting the leaves.


Butterfly ginger

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Emitting a fragrant white blossom, the butterfly ginger plant is a great peace lily pairing: they enjoy the same climates and environs. The Allison, which is the most popular type of spathiphyllum, is a surefire partner for the butterfly ginger. They have matching white flowers and green leaves, but the shape contrast of round and sharp adds an element of surprise.



Share to PinterestLight green exotic Syngonium Podophyllum vine plant in gray flower pot on table in living room
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The arrowhead is a common houseplant that tends to vine, and its mosaic foliage presents a dramatic allure to any space. Coupling it with a variegated peace lily like the domino will add even more excitement and an interesting focal point. Stake a small trellis for the arrowhead to grow behind the domino, and you'll have quite the conversation piece.



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