General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Plant Height: 18-24 inches
Plant Spread: Cascades 18-24 inches or more
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Other: Narrow grass-like leaves can be solid green or green with white vertical stripes
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Suitable as Annual
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Prefers to be under-potted

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Common names
  • Spider Plant
  • Airplane Plant
  • Ribbon Plant

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Location: Thomasville, GA USA
Date: 2019-05-21
In my garden

Date: November 2018
Location: Calera, OK
Date: August 2, 2018

Date: 2013-01-25

Date: 2012-10-19
You can find a bigger pot, or remove the large \"carrot\" roots s
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2020-01-29
just had to =D
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-06-27
Don't let spider plant get loose in the ground if you live where
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2021-12-31

Date: 2019-06-03
  • Uploaded by jon
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2021-09-26
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2018-08-25
Raised from "babie" in year-round outside dappled shade

Date: 2019-08-30
Location: Virginia
Date: 2021-04-23
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-03
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2020-05-02
Uploaded by Hamwild

Date: 2019-07-24

Date: 2020-09-19

Date: 2015-01-22
spider plant babies
Location: Ontario Canada
Spider plant seed pods
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-06-23
Location: Ontario Canada
Date: 2020-04-22

Date: 2021-01-31

Date: 2022-04-02
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-06-25
Location: JBsPlants at Roblyn Farm, New Jersey
Date: 2014-04-10
This is a solid green spider called "Shamrock". It has deep green
  • Uploaded by JB
Location: Our apartment
Date: 2017-09-12
This spider has grown from a small (4" pot) plant from a brooklyn
Location: Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-07

Date: 2013-01-28
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-06-23

Date: 2012-10-19
When the roots become this congested, the foliage will suffer.

Date: 2012-10-19
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Date: 2017-04-11
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2014-08-20

Date: November 4, 2020

Date: November 4, 2020

Date: November 4, 2020

Yes, this plant does have flowers!

New baby forming
Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330
Date: 2014-04-06
Dumped this plant over a month ago thinking it was frozen, the tu
Location: Ontario Canada
Date: 2019-08-19

Date: 2020-01-04
2 year old plant

Date: 2013-02-26
Uploaded by Penny888ng
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2022-06-08

Date: 2015-01-26
solid green spider plant that produces variagated babies

Date: 2017-04-25
Came home with me from my in-laws' house.  Needs replanting ASAP.
Uploaded by Plantomaniac08
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2008-09-11
Location: QC, Canada
Date: January 18 2020
Spider plant chilling in a tiny pot.
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-06-23

Date: 2021-01-30

Date: 2021-01-30
Uploaded by Plantomaniac08
Uploaded by GardenGuyAZ
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-02-02
Location:  Ontario Canada
Date: 2020-04-24
A baby with a flower which is still connected to the mother plant

Date: November 4, 2020
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-10-06
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-05-18

Date: 2020-01-04
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-10-20
brought inside
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2022-06-08
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-08-29
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-08-29
Uploaded by evs212

Date: 2021-01-30
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-02-02

Date: 2013-10-30

Date: 2013-10-30
Location: central Illinois
Date: January 2008
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Comments:
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 19, 2011 12:37 PM concerning plant:
    Chlorophytum comosum ("Spider Plant") is native to South Africa but it is a very common house plant for many. Spider Plants prefer bright light but no direct sun. The plant has long narrow leaves that grow from a central rosette. It produces stolons with tiny white flowers and baby plants that will take root when they touch the soil. It makes a nice hanging basket plant with the pendant stems and baby plants dangling beneath the pot.

    Here in Florida some people grow Chlorophytum as landscape plants where they spread and make a nice ground cover. I had a flower bed in my backyard with many of these plants a few years ago. There are still two plants in the ground beneath a tree, compliments of baby "plantlets" from a hanging basket plant whose stolons reached the ground and took root.
  • Posted by tarev (San Joaquin County, CA - Zone 9b) on Sep 10, 2013 9:12 PM concerning plant:
    This plant loves our area so much that it grows like a weed. It can take direct sun for a few hours, but it prefers part sun/part shade, especially in our area, where our summer temps rise to triple digits. It has very thick rhizomatous roots and it can conserve its water a lot, so even if you forget to water it for a couple of days, the plant will survive. Easily propagated by the plantlets formed at the end of a stalk. I usually wait for the roots to be more prominent before I sever a plantlet from the mother plant. It prefers to be pot bound and can easily deform or break your pot if it is very tightly growing in it. When that happens you can divide the plant to give away to friends or share with anyone else. Our winters are quite mild, no snow, so my plants can stay outdoors. I just let Mother Nature do the watering at that time. In other seasons, especially from late spring to early fall, watering every other day or daily when temps rise to the 100F's will be helpful for the plant to survive the extreme heat. It is prone to browned tips, I just trim those off, and from time to time I also pull out dead leaves to maintain the appearance of the plant.

    It can be grown in soil, or if indoors I have grown it in just leca rocks and water, or leca rocks with water gel beads. Either way, the important factor is water. When I grow it in soil, I prefer to use regular potting soil, but I add some extra perlite to keep the mix open and not clumpy. I grow them also as hanging plants so the babies cascade nicely.
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LizDTM On September 2, 2017 Miscellaneous Event
Survived summer outside in a shaded area. Put out many, many inflorescences.
LizDTM On March 13, 2017 Potted up
LizDTM On March 13, 2017 Obtained plant
Bare root
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Got from grandmother, same as anth. about a month old
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