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Walking Anthericum Chlorophytum comosum

Previously known as:

  • Anthericum Comosum
Phonetic Spelling
kloe-roe-fy-tum 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, intolerant 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 spring to autumn, sparingly in winter.

 

VIDEO Created by Elisabeth Meyer for "Edibles, Bulbs, and Houseplants" a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens.   

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Milky Way'
    Cream leaves edged in green.
  • 'Picturatum'
    Leaves have central yellow stripe
  • 'Variegatum'
    Leaves edged in white or cream.
'Milky Way', 'Picturatum', 'Variegatum'
Tags:
#white#evergreen#houseplant#perennial#white flowers#container plant#white leaves#interiorscape#hanging baskets#cascading#stripes#striped leaves#fantz#ebh#ebh-h#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Milky Way'
    Cream leaves edged in green.
  • 'Picturatum'
    Leaves have central yellow stripe
  • 'Variegatum'
    Leaves edged in white or cream.
'Milky Way', 'Picturatum', 'Variegatum'
Tags:
#white#evergreen#houseplant#perennial#white flowers#container plant#white leaves#interiorscape#hanging baskets#cascading#stripes#striped leaves#fantz#ebh#ebh-h#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chlorophytum
    Species:
    comosum
    Family:
    Asparagacea
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    W. Tropical Africa to Cameroon, Ethiopia to S. 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:
    9b, 9a, 10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Panicle
    Raceme
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Tepals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small white star-shaped flowers form in loose panicles, the stolons sometimes bearing plantlets at nodes. Flowers erect to typically arching-pendulous, white, 1/4 in, tepals 6, spreading, free.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Variegated
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Strappy green or striped green and white leaves up to 12-18 in long. Sessile, crowded, linear to lanceolate, grass-like, often striped white longitudinally, 12-15 nerved and a deep groove in the middle.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Leaves emerge from a short, compressed stem. Stolons are long and green, producing flowers and plantlets.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants