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Chlorophytum capense

Family Name: Asparagaceae
Synonyms: Arthropodium capensis
Common Name: Spider Plant
Semi Shade Moderate Water Indoor Plant Ornamental Leaves Shrub


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Clump-forming herb.
Foliage Linear leaves are solid green.
Flowers White, star-shaped flowers are composed of 6 lanceolate petals.
Similar In the nursery trade, Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant) is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Chlorophytum capense. C. capense does not produce the hanging plantlets characteristic of C. comosum.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White

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Master ID 509
Species ID 1805
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Species record last updated on: 18 February 2022.