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Peace and its many aspects

The Peace Lily

I did not know that this plant existed, but apparently it is well known in horticultural circles.  Its scientific name is “Spathiphyllum”.

Though the origins of the name “peace lily” are a bit obscure, I did find the following at this site:

“The common name, Peace Lily, is from the universally acknowledged white flag of truce during battles. The cream or yellow colored spadix of each flower that is enclosed by the white spathe represents the pole or stick, whereas, the white spathe represents the flag.”

Apparently it requires little light (is reputed to be able to flower in a closet), and helps to improve air quality.  On the down side, it is toxic and should not be consumed by people or animals.

As one avid gardener put it: ” I love the fact that the plant is called “peace lily,” also. In this time of economic stress and war, we need “peace” wherever we can find it!”

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April 27, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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