Plant ID forum: What Kind of Spider Plant is this?

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Name: Rosie
IN (Zone 5b)
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plantdog
Jan 13, 2015 10:29 AM CST
I picked up this Spider in the grocery store last year. It was on sale and looked very pretty and intriguing. I am new to keeping plants alive, so I instantly bought this as it was so "fluffy!" It has a fluffy "mop top" and is densely packed in the center. It has delicate leaves (more delicate than my plain ol' Spider) that are thinner than I'm used to. Also it has little flower buds deep inside the center of the mop top, almost like baby's breath buds. I wonder how they'll ever fight the leaves to grow out of the center! It likes partial sun. It's kept indoors. It's very pretty and full. The leaves as you can see, in my pic, vary from green/white to a yellow-green/white. Any ideas? I"ve never seen this kind of Spider before. I can't wait to have babies!
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jvdubb
Jan 13, 2015 10:36 AM CST
Welcome! Rosie!

I am sorry I don't know what kind of Spider plant you have there. But it sure is a nice looking plant! I can't wait to see what the experts in ID say.
Name: Rosie
IN (Zone 5b)
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plantdog
Jan 13, 2015 11:03 AM CST
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Here's another pic. I love this plant...just wish I could learn more about it and see more pics of it elsewhere! Thank You!
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Jan 13, 2015 11:07 AM CST
Welcome!

A well grown plant! @JB may be able to help with the identification. Or, maybe direct the query to someone who can if she sees this.
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jan 13, 2015 12:04 PM CST
Hi Rosie, and Welcome! to ATP!
When you described the flowers, it didn't sound like what one might expect of a Spider, but it did remind me of possibly a Dianella... Variegated Flax Lily (Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata')
Can you possibly take a picture of the flowers you are seeing?
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JRsbugs
Jan 13, 2015 12:42 PM CST
Welcome!

I would opt for Chlorophytum comosum ‘ variegatum '.

http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantcd/chlorophytcom.htm

There is another which is similar, a newer cultivar Chlorophytum comosum 'Ocean' ..

http://www.johnjearrard.co.uk/plants/chlorophytum/chlorophyt...

The most commonly sold one would be the first, and from other photos I found it doesn't look to have the broad, short leaves which Ocean has.

http://zimmerpflanzen-faq.de/chlorophytum-comosum/

Good suggestion Tara! Dianella has tough leaves as far as I know, I had a plain leaved one which didn't thrive nor survive, the leaves were more like Phormium in texture and generally don't flop like this plant. The plant posted is said to have delicate leaves, Chlorophytum comosum 'Variegatum' shows a lot of variation. They tend to flop more in low light.

Could it be anything else?! Hilarious!

Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jan 13, 2015 1:24 PM CST
IDK the name. I have them all over my yard. What stands out from those in stores is the reverse variegation, that is, white/green/white instead of the standard green/white/green. But don't trust me, I am not expert.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 13, 2015 1:59 PM CST
I am not good either at ID for spider plants...I just grow mine as noids Big Grin
Anyways, the flowering stalks will push out longer and longer, allowing the blooms to show better as it trails down.
Name: Rosie
IN (Zone 5b)
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plantdog
Jan 13, 2015 2:56 PM CST
Not the best pic but a decent one of little bud/flowers deep in the center of this plant. There are probably 6 or 7 of them present.
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jan 13, 2015 3:08 PM CST
Good picture! I'll second the wise sage, Super Sleuth Janet! I tip my hat to you. Chlorophytum comosom. Thumbs up
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Name: Rosie
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plantdog
Jan 13, 2015 3:21 PM CST
Thank you! Here's my other Spider....maybe I should name them Mopsy and Flopsy. Lol
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 13, 2015 6:13 PM CST
More photos for comparison:

http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Chlorophytum+como...
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
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JB
Jan 15, 2015 3:18 PM CST
Hi, I am sorry I am late responding but I just saw the post and here I am.

The plant with the green center and the white on the outside is Chlorophytum comosum 'Variegatum'. The other with the white center and the green down the edge is Chlorophytum comosum 'Vittatum'.

Hope this helps. For those of you on facebook, I started a group where all we discuss are spider plants, all the different varieties, etc. we would be happy to have you join if you decide to learn more about spiders. Take a look and jump in. https://www.facebook.com/groups/JBsSPIDERWEB/

This page is by no means to take anything away from ATP but there are friends I have on there who do no other gardening but have a single houseplant....not serious gardeners like here. I keep referring people to ATP on all my orders that I send out and telling them to come here if they have serious garden issues or interests.

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