SPIDER PLANT

FAMILY: Asparagaceae | GENUS: CHLOROPHYTUM comosum

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
  • Filtered Light
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • House Plants

Plant Details

This South African native is evergreen in the Tropical South; light frosts will kill the leaves in the other listed zones, but the roots survive. Forms 1- to 3-ft.-high clumps of soft, curving leaves like long, broad grass blades. Both 'Variegatum' and 'Vittatum' have white-striped leaves. Flowers about 12 in. long, in loose, leafy-tipped spikes held above foliage. Greatest attraction: miniature duplicates of mother plant, complete with root, at end of curved stems (as with offsets of strawberry plants). These can be cut off and potted individually.

Spider plant is a good choice for hanging baskets. To use as a ground cover where it is winter-hardy, set 2 ft. apart in diamond pattern; plants will fill in the area in that same year.

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