Airplane Plant, Hen-And-Chicks, Ribbon Plant, Spider Ivy, St. Bernard's Lily
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A favourite houseplant that 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. The green ribbon-like, strap-shaped leaves stay evergreen all year round, particularly when grown inside. 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 making it a popular plant that may be found all over the world.
Flowers can be harvested for the vase, but are short lived
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!
Africa, Northern Namibia, Northern Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa in the Northern Province, the Lowveld and Kwa-ZuluNatal, mainly in the hot, dry river valleys.
Partial Sun, Full Shade
Soil PH preference
Relative problem free
Plant under a tree canopy, does well in partial shade.