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Chlorophytum comosum 'Variegatum'


Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Jaques 'Variegatum'

Family Name: Asparagaceae
Common Name: Variegated Spider Plant, Variegated Spider Ivy


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width 60 cm


Local Conservation Status Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Foliage Linear leaves are mostly green with a thin, white leaf margin. Leaves arch backwards, forming a small fountain-like structure.
Cultivation This plant is easy-to-grow, tolerates occasional neglect well and makes an ideal houseplant. It grows best in bright, filtered light, protected from intense sun exposure which is likely to burn the leaves. Plantlets are more likely to form when the plant becomes slightly potbound and is not over-fertilized.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Hanging Basket

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, White
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Linear)
Foliar Venation Parallel
Foliar Margin Entire - Wavy / Undulate
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 512
Species ID 1808
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Species record last updated on: 05 April 2023.