Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum

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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Autumn

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

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

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds in Spring and keep moist.

Division

Divide thick clumps of plants and replant.

Suckers

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

Attractive flowers
Attractive leaves
Drought resistant
Indoor plant
Pot plant
Wet sites

Special features

Origin

Africa, Northern Namibia, Northern Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa in the Northern Province, the Lowveld and Kwa-ZuluNatal, mainly in the hot, dry river valleys.

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Partial Sun, Full Shade

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Personality

Family

Asparagaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

None

Problems

Relative problem free

Companion plants

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

Credits

profile iconChlorophytum comosum
by Ernst van Jaarsveld, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, November 2012 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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