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Chlorophytum comosum


Chlorophytum comosum

Family Name: Asparagaceae
Common Name: Spider Plant, Hens-and-chickens


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

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub


Native Distribution South Africa

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Clump-forming herb.
Foliage Linear leaves are solid green. They arch backwards to form a fountain-like structure.
Flowers White, star-shaped flowers are produced on a thin inflorescence stalk which hangs down. Plantlets also form along this stalk.
Cultivation This plant is easy-to-grow and makes an ideal houseplant. Plant in well-drained soil to avoid root rot.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Suitable for Hanging Baskets

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)

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Master ID 511
Species ID 1807
Flora Disclaimer The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.
Species record last updated on: 14 October 2021.