Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)

An evergreen perennial herb, often grown as an ornamental, also very popular as a container plant.
The flowers are fleshy white to cream sheath or bract, called a spathe, surrounding a spike of fragrant, closely packed minute flowers.
The leaves are bright green, lance shaped, shiny, up to 30cm long and clustered at the base of the plant.

Toxicity category: 2, 3
Category 2 - Potentially toxicCategory 3 - Irritant Warning: Seek urgent medical attention if lips or tongue become swollen or if there is difficulty breathing or swallowing.

Common name: Peace lily

Botanical name: Spathiphyllum species; most commonly Spathiphyllum wallisii

Other common names: Madonna lily

Family: Araceae

General description: An evergreen perennial herb, often grown as an ornamental, also very popular as a container plant.

Flowers: The flowers are fleshy white to cream sheath or bract, called a spathe, surrounding a spike of fragrant, closely packed minute flowers.

Leaves: The leaves are bright green, lance shaped, shiny, up to 30cm long and clustered at the base of the plant.

Fruit/Berries: The fruit are white berries.

Other: The sap is clear.

Symptoms: This plant, if eaten, can produce a tingling or burning sensation, followed by swelling of the lips, mouth and tongue. Contact dermatitis may also occur in sensitive individuals.

Toxicity category: 2, 3
Category 2 - Potentially toxicCategory 3 - Irritant

Warning: Seek urgent medical attention if lips or tongue become swollen or if there is difficulty breathing or swallowing.

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