Chlorophytum, Airplane Plant, Curly Spider Plant 'Bonnie'

Chlorophytum comosum

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Chlorophytum (kloh-roh-FY-tum) (Info)
Species: comosum (kom-OH-sum) (Info)
Cultivar: Bonnie
Additional cultivar information:(PP13935)
Hybridized by Hendriks
Registered or introduced: 2002


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Grown for foliage



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Madison, Mississippi

Mantachie, Mississippi

Picayune, Mississippi

Saint Louis, Missouri

Broaddus, Texas

Elgin, Texas

Houston, Texas

Nome, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


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'... read more


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’?"

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