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Spider Ivy

Chlorophytum comosum 'Bonnie'

Spider plant, Ribbon plant, Airplane plant (Eng.), Hen-en-kuikens (Afr.)

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. This cultivar of a favourite evergreen perennial houseplant has been developed to have swirly, curly leaves (especially the baby spiders) and these are also strongly variegated with white striping. 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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
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
The inflorescence has long stems with spaced white 6 petal flowers along the middle to end.
Attractive leaves
Evergreen ribbon-like leaves

Geography

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, Chalk, Compost, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Asparaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

Problems

Relative problem free

Companion plants

Plant under a tree canopy

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