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Chlorophytum comosum 'Bonnie'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chlorophytum (kloh-roh-FY-tum) (Info)
Species: comosum (kom-OH-sum) (Info)
Cultivar: Bonnie
Additional cultivar information: (PP13935)
Hybridized by Hendriks; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2002

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31 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
Plant is viviparous

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DracoVolans On Aug 17, 2009, DracoVolans from Crestline, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Well, I dunno if that "patent" is an honest one, because I took what looked like a curly form of this "Bonnie" spiderplant from my In-Laws' driveway and potted it in my container-garden. The leaves were originally very pale green, almost yellow with the distinctive white striping that makes it so pretty.

It has since grown from a compact ball of twirly leaves that were only two or three inches long to a smooth, deeper-green-and-white-leaved plant that's now overtaking it's eight-inch pot with ten-inch long leaves. It grows fairly quickly and I'm expecting to see some runners soon.

It's healthy and happy in it's spot on my baker's rack in a shaded area. The curled, tightly-held form of this particular plant was definitely due to stressed conditions: it didn't get enough water or fertilizer, and it was in direct, dessicating sun. I water mine every other day lightly, mist the leaves and fertilize with diluted Schultz's liquid plant food regularly. It seems to be doing wonderfully. :)

Positive RxAngel On Aug 16, 2008, RxAngel from Stratford, TX (Zone 6b) wrote:

In doing a little research, I have found that many sites are referring to the Bonnie as a stressed Vittatum.

"Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’ (Curly Spider Plant) - has the traditional green with white stripe variegation of the ‘Vittatum’ but with uniquely attractive leaves that curl and swirl. It is characterized by its rounded and compact plant habit. Flowering stalks are yellow and plantlets are as curly or curlier than the parent. Read somewhere that the amount of curl in the leaves is strongly dependant on the growing conditions. A slightly neglected or stressed plant will produce a curlier result than a well-nourished plant that will have straighter leaves. Hmm…this makes me wonder whether our Spider Plants that we thought were ‘Bonnie’ are actually ‘Vittatum’?"

Editor's Note

The Royal Horticultural Society lists them as two different cultivars, and 'Bonnie' is patented, where 'Vittatum' is not.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Olhão Municipality,
Andalusia, Alabama
Brewton, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Yuma, Arizona
Coalinga, California
San Diego, California
Santa Monica, California
Valley Village, California
Lutz, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Kapaa, Hawaii
Chalmette, Louisiana
Geismar, Louisiana
Richmond, Maine
Mantachie, Mississippi
Picayune, Mississippi
Saint Louis, Missouri
Broaddus, Texas
Elgin, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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