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CHLOROPHYTUM comosum 'Variegatum'

Image of Chlorophytum comosum 'Variegatum'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

CHLOROPHYTUM comosum 'Variegatum'

Plant Common Name

Spider Plant, Variegated Spider Plant

General Description

The variegated spider plant is the most commonly grown form. It has attractive thin strap-like leaves of green edged with white. The plants are tender, but vigorous and prolific.

Chlorophytum cosmosum is indigenous to South Africa. It is a clump-forming tender perennial that’s primarily cultivated as an annual or houseplant. Spider plant spreads slowly by thick rhizomes (underground stems) that are easily divided. Its grassy strap-like leaves are delicate, green and white-edged. Mature plants produce long stems topped with branched spikes of small translucent white flowers. Plantlets that resemble baby spiders also appear along the arching floral stems. These can easily be removed and planted to produce new spider plants.

This tropical prefers partial sun or diffused light and fertile, well-drained soil. Bright full sun will result in leaf burn. Enjoy it as an easy-to-grow houseplant, in outdoor containers or as a groundcover in frost-free climates.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm (12)

  • Width

    12"-15" / 30.5cm - 38.1cm (12)

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Southern Africa, South Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Light Green, Dark Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Light Green, Dark Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Light Green, Dark Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Light Green, Dark Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Self-Sowing

    No