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Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum

Also known as

Hen-And-Chicks, Spider Ivy, St. Bernard's Lily, Ribbon Plant, Airplane Plant, Ribbon drive

Blossom Blüte Grünlilie Chlorophytum comosum Agavengewächse Agavoideae PICT6339 by JanRehschuh (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Spider Plant Overview

Spider Plants are a favourite houseplant across the world, known officially as Chlorophytum comosum. This is the standard green leaved one, it copes with less sun compared to Variegated Spider Plants. The green ribbon-like leaves stay evergreen all year round, particularly when grown inside. It easily multiplies by generating offsets on the end of long stems. Break the offsets off and root in soil or water to grow into new plants. Cultivars with variegated foliage are more commonly grown than this original green species they were bred from. This species can help to filter air and easily grows in shade, indoors and in baskets. It should be kept away from frosts.

Common problems with Spider Plant

Spider Plant Companion Plants

Plant under a tree canopy, does well in partial shade.

How to harvest Spider Plant

Flowers can be harvested for the vase, but are short lived

How to propagate Spider Plant


Sow seeds in Spring and keep moist.


Divide thick clumps of plants and replant.


Mother plants often give rise to little plants that can be broken off and replanted. Wait until the new plant has developed roots before removing though!

Special features of Spider Plant

Attractive flowers

The inflorescence has long stems with spaced white 6 petal flowers along the middle to end.

Attractive leaves

Evergreen ribbon-like leaves

Drought resistant

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Wet sites

Other uses of Spider Plant

Greenhouse, indoors, border, container

Perennials | Indigenous

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