Chlorophytum comosum


Spider plant

Evergreen clumping perennial plant to 30cm high. Leaves are narrow and strap-like, growing to 40cm long. Small, white, star-shaped flowers appear on long, weak stems most of the year. Small rosettes may form on flower stems, forming viable plantlets. The most commonly grown varieties feature white or yellow stripes along the length of the leaves.


Suitable for growing as an indoor plant, in pots and as a groundcover under shade trees.


Prefers semi-shade and a temperate or warm climate protected from frost. Prefers fertile soil and requires well-drained conditions. Avoid overwatering, particularly if grown in pots. Propagate by seed, division or by the plantlets that appear on the flower stems. Can be invasive.


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