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Chlorophytum capense (variegated)


Chlorophytum capense (variegated)

Family Name: Asparagaceae
Common Name: Spider Plant, 吊兰


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
Local Conservation Status Non-native

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Perennial herb has a clump-forming growth habit.
Foliage Linear leaves have a large, central white stripe and green margins.
Flowers Its small flowers are borne in long erect stems.
Similar In the nursery trade, Chlorophytum comosum is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Chlorophytum capense. C. comosum produces characteristic hanging plantlets, while C. capense does not.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Parks & Gardens, Groundcover, Container Planting, Hanging Basket

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Rootzone Tolerance Well-Drained Soils


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, White
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 510
Species ID 1806
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Species record last updated on: 21 June 2022.