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Chlorophytum comosum

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
kloe-roe-FIT-um koe-MOE-sum
Description

Spiderplant is a common houseplant and does well in hanging baskets where leaves can cascade down the side. It has attractive striped green and white leaves and small white flowers. Spiderplant prefers bright, indirect light and propagates easily by plantlets or division. 

Give the plant a moderate amount of water during the growing season and do not over-fertilize as this decreases plantlet formation. Plantlets form when it receives short days and long, uninterrupted nights for at least three weeks. 

Quick ID Hints:

  • Green linear leaves often stiped white
  • Long stolons produce plantlets and flowers

Evergreen perennial herb to 1.5'.

One of more popular house plants; great as a hanging basket; stolonization is light-dependent and will occur if duration is less than 12 hours per day; extremely adaptable. 

Prefers medium light, intolerect of direct sunlight; prefers moist soil and medium relative humidity; relatively pest-free. Leaf tip burn is due to chlorine and fluorides in water. Mist leaves occasionally in summer; water liberally in sprint to autumn, sparingly in winter.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Milky Way'
    Cream leaves edged in green.
  • 'Picturatum'
    Leaves have central yellow stripe
  • 'Variegatum'
    Leaves edged in white or cream.
Tags:
#white#evergreen#houseplant#perennial#white flowers#white leaves#interiorscape#hanging baskets#cascading#stripes#striped#striped leaves#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Milky Way'
    Cream leaves edged in green.
  • 'Picturatum'
    Leaves have central yellow stripe
  • 'Variegatum'
    Leaves edged in white or cream.
Tags:
#white#evergreen#houseplant#perennial#white flowers#white leaves#interiorscape#hanging baskets#cascading#stripes#striped#striped leaves#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chlorophytum
    Species:
    comosum
    Family:
    Liliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Africa
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Cascading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Panicle
    Raceme
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Description:
    Small white star-shaped flowers form in loose panicles. A raceme or panicle, to 2', loosely flowered, or bearing plantlets at nodes; erect to typically arching-pendulous.white; tepals 6, spreading, free.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Variegated
    White
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Strappy green or striped green and white leaves up to to 1 foot long. sessile, crowded, linear to lanceolate, grass-like, often striped white longitudinally, 12-15 nerved.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Thin green stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants