I Love Chlorophytum Comosum aka Spider Plant

Dec 16, 2022 | Love This!

Name: Chlorophytum comosum aka spider plant

Type of Plant: A very common houseplant, probably because it’s easy to grow and propagate. Native to coastal South Africa, and found in solid green or variegated forms. This clump-forming plant produces long, trailing stems with small plantlets along and at their ends. These plantlets will root and grow where they touch soil, and this ability to reproduce themselves so prolifically is why the humorist, Erma Bombeck used to call this “the plant that doesn’t know the meaning of the words ‘birth control.’”

Why I Love This Plant: I love this plant not only because it’s an easy houseplant, but because it’s been widely studied for its ability to take up and degrade/detoxify various pollutants in the air.

It’s also the perfect plant to poke into containers and window boxes in the early summer, especially in part-shade to shady container. The variegated forms add both color and texture, and their hanging stems cascade in beautiful ways to bring that beauty down past the containers’ edges.

A Word to the Wise:  As a houseplant, grow this in bright, indirect light or in eastern or northern windows. Use this outdoors in containers that are in shade or mostly shade. Water these regularly, keeping them well hydrated on a routine basis but not constantly wet nor dry.

Spider plant makes the perfect contrasting color and texture plant for full shade containers outside.

There is no doubt that the spider plant adds to any houseplant collection. It doesn’t need to be directly in front of the window, but is fine on the side or a few feet away. You can grow these in clay pots or in hanging baskets.

When you grow this Chlorophytum – aka spider plant – you’ll have smaller plants to give away or to tuck into your shady annual beds or containers. I remember the year I was in Chicago in the summer, and loved how so many planters in the shady city beds were planted with a combination of spider plants and coleus. These were stunning and functional groupings of foliage color.

I tucked the spider plants in the right hand corner of my shade boxes in 2022. Not only did they thrive during a hot, drought year, but I was able to save these so that I can use them and their offspring in 2023.


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