Peace Lily

This beautiful flower attracted my attention in the sub-tropical area of the Winter Garden Glasshouse at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 10 April. Until this morning I didn’t know what it is but after seeing a helpful comment on another blogpost featuring the same flower, I now know the name. Then I found an online page with good info: Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii).

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With the turmoil in Afghanistan it feels a little bit healing to share an image of peace. I’m heartbroken for the suffering of the Afghani people and especially for the women and girls.

Other common names: Dwarf Peace Lily, White Sails, Spathe Flower
~ I love the name ‘White Sails’.

Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand.


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

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    1. I’ve never been more intensely aware of what a privilege it is to live in a place that’s peaceful. Truly grateful, and I don’t think I’ll ever take it for granted again!

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      1. I can relate, Liz, especially what happened in this country in January. It’s very disconcerting to know that a 200-plus-year-old democratic system is so at risk of falling apart from within. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen the end of this risk.

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        1. I’ve learned much more about the US since I first found a personal story from an American Black lady about being pulled over by police on her way to church and how afraid she was that her or her young son might do something wrong. That’s when I learned about ‘the talk’ that Black folk have with their kids. That told me the system was terribly wrong. Since then I’ve taken much more notice, particularly since the death of George Floyd, and then the election and associated events. I’m watching what’s happening: the anger, lies and fear. And injustice, and I’ve been learning about the underlying history. I’ve been watching how politics, nationalism and racism stir up endless division. And I’m sad to say I share your view that “Unfortunately, we haven’t seen the end of this risk.”

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            1. It’s good to be like you and honestly realise that everything’s not sweetness and light. I’m seeking to understand and learn more, especially from the US. And then apply that to our own situation in New Zealand. Fortunately it’s not all bad Tanja, as you know. Some people are great leaders in courage, kindness and compassion and I thank God for them .. we need those people!

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    1. Truth. I’d read this from the page I linked to in my post, and I think it’s worth repeating here for the record: “Spathiphyllum wallisii is one of the most useful plants for decorating the interior of both homes and professional spaces. But beyond the decorative, it still has a more interesting side, as it has the ability to filter, clean, indoor the air of toxins (like formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide) while enriching the atmosphere with oxygen. To perform such a function requires 1 plant per 20 to 25 m2.” Isn’t that cool? 🙂

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    1. A beautiful custom, and I noticed the foliage is lovely as well as the flower. I hope it thrives and repays your care with comfort in return.

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  1. A lovely and elegant flower! And I share your sadness for the Afghani people. I can’t imagine how difficult and frightening it must be to be a woman or girl there.

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      1. It must – I do hope that more manage to escape but the chaos at Kabul airport isn’t helping their chances. It’s terrible to see how desperate people are to flee.

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