Chlorophytum Species, Spider Plant, Airplane Plant

Chlorophytum comosum

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Chlorophytum (kloh-roh-FY-tum) (Info)
Species: comosum (kom-OH-sum) (Info)
Synonym:Anthericum comosum
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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 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Gurley, Alabama

Hanceville, Alabama

Jones, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

Satsuma, Alabama

Chandler, Arizona

Flagstaff, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona(3 reports)

Scottsdale, Arizona

Benton, Arkansas

August, California

Azusa, California

Hidden Meadows, California

Long Beach, California(2 reports)

Los Angeles, California

Menlo Park, California

Merced, California

Ontario, California

Rancho Cucamonga, California

San Diego, California(2 reports)

San Francisco, California

Vacaville, California

Bartow, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Green Cove Springs, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida(4 reports)

Keystone Heights, Florida

Lake Panasoffkee, Florida

Mayo, Florida

Miami, Florida

Old Town, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Pensacola, Florida(2 reports)

Port Richey, Florida

Sebastian, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Thonotosassa, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Winter Park, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Honomu, Hawaii

Prospect, Kentucky

Franklinton, Louisiana

Gonzales, Louisiana

New Iberia, Louisiana

Youngsville, Louisiana

Madison, Mississippi

Marietta, Mississippi

Woodsville, New Hampshire

Dunellen, New Jersey

Villas, New Jersey

Brevard, North Carolina

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Columbia, South Carolina

Ladys Island, South Carolina

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Beaumont, Texas

Brazoria, Texas

Brownsville, Texas

El Paso, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Hereford, Texas

Houston, Texas(4 reports)

Kyle, Texas

Marble Falls, Texas

Mont Belvieu, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Spicewood, Texas

Wylie, Texas

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 18, 2014, katterfelto from Winter Park, FL wrote:

One of my favorites! This is a beautiful, hardy, low-maintenance plant that does well in Central Florida, and is ideal for shady areas where grasses and other plants have difficulties. It can't handle full sun, but as long as it's in shade, or filtered sunlight, you can virtually ignore it and it will do fine. Give it a little care and attention, and you'll be rewarded with lush, fast-growing plants ideal for groundcover or as an attractive border for sidewalks and ornamental beds.

While doing some landscaping in the house we moved into, I discovered a few small clumps of solid green spider plants in a sandy, long-neglected flowerbed on a shady side of the house. The bed had been there for so long, it was practically obscured by brambles and dead leaves, and the landscapi... read more


On Mar 19, 2014, BoopsieTN from McMinnville, TN wrote:

I have a question about the babies from the spider plant. I have been trying to root them but seem to have no luck. They will look good for a week or 2 and then the leaves turn brown and dies.
Can anyone give me info. on how to root them for surviving?


On Aug 29, 2008, nbgard from New Braunfels, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I had some babies root in a flower bed in San Antonio, TX. It has over-wintered in the bed and is growing like gangbusters. Had never thought of it for an outdoor plant!


On Aug 28, 2008, drecenra from Orting, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is one of the first houseplants that I got when I started gardening. I got starts from my moms plants I am still growing them to this day( about a quarter of the pots in my house have one or more). They are extremely durable, tolerate low light to bright light, and if well established can go long periods without water. Reproduces abundantly. One of my favorite plants, I always have extras.


On May 11, 2008, emcic from Austin, TX wrote:

While this one doesn't have the pretty leaves like the variegated kind, it blooms much easier. I use both as border plants in my area, they die back in all but the most severe winters. I always keep a few inside over winter, just in case.


On Mar 4, 2008, Sansevieria from Orangeburg, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Spider plants are the first and foremost in the hanging basket plant area. They became popular during the Victorian period when decorative foliage plants adorned the parlor of all the finest homes. Flower scapes are produced in the summer with plantlets forming on those stems as the days get shorter in the fall. Of late, spider plant has enjoyed some sort of a 'come back" as they are sold in many stores today (2008).

The Spider Plant is from a South/Western African origin and seems to have been introduced into Europe by the end of the 18th century, most likely by the intrepid plant explorer Carl Peter Thunberg(1743-1828). Thunberg, after whom the flowering vine Thunbergia is named, was a student of Linnaeus who traveled in South Africa during 1772 and 73 where he collected... read more


On Jan 27, 2008, danas009 from Howell, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I love this fast growing plant. Every spring after danger of frost, I put this potted plant outside in the garden in shade to partial shade, let the watering system water it, and leave it alone. It grows crazy. Some of the babies have been planted around the garden 2 years ago. They are growing great! Not as fast as described in the Florida area, but I was surprised and pleased.


On Nov 24, 2007, JerusalemCherry from Dunellen, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

I took a "baby/offset" of a green Spider Plant growing in a restaurant called, Circles Grill, 9023 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209. This restaurant has them growing in hanging baskets all around the windows (very pretty).

Spider Plants are easy to care for and have been a staple in houseplants for many many years. Just water, let dry out a bit & water again. I feed mine in spring/summer with Peters plant food.


On May 14, 2007, baagrant from Rock Hill, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant has been returning to my 7b garden for about ten years. I originally had several hanging baskets beneath two Eastern Red Cedars, Juniperus virginiana. Babies fell to the ground and rooted. I left them and didn't mow them down, fertilize them, nor water them. They are near the trunk of the two trees. Spring after spring they have returned, grown, had babies and made me happy. A plant couldn't be more carefree.


On Jul 14, 2006, docturf from Conway, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have grown this plant in coastal South Carolina (Zone 8) for over 15 years. Temperatures as low as 10F has not stopped it from growing and/or flowering. Excellent, tough plant and makes a great "pass-along" plant. Docturf


On Jul 13, 2006, greenbud from Houston, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have a Spider Plant in a hanging basket outside in the shade of a pine tree. This plant is virtually indestructible. Very forgiving. The little flowers are pretty but unobtrusive. My grandmother always had a few spider plants. They seem to be a houseplant staple here in Houston.


On May 15, 2006, speckledpig from Satsuma, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have many of these which are have been doing very well for years. The plant I have came from my mother; hers came from her mother many years ago.

Mine are all in containers, but I'm not against trying them in the ground. It's very easy to root these in water or soil; they seem to do just fine in partial to little sun (I have one in my office window which receives no direct sunlight and it's growing like mad!).


On May 12, 2006, roseseed from Cascade, WI wrote:

I have had a spider plant in my house for a while and it sprouted out its shoots and they had flowers and the flowers dried up and turned into seeds and now I have 12 seeds of Chlorophytum comosum. The thing is, I dont know what they require to be propagated or at what depth to place them at.


On May 11, 2006, amyl411 from Rancho Cucamonga, CA wrote:

I'm in So. California where it gets up to 115 degrees in the summer. I have this in the shade outside where it gets plenty of light and gets late afternoon shade. It has done very well for me in the 2 years I've had it. And have gotten approx 10 plants from each one. And had to split it twice in 2 years. I water it every other day. It does get brown ends in the summer but I just snip them off and it doesn't hurt it one bit. It does produce long outward stems with tiny flowers in the warmer weather. During the mid afternoon when the sun hits it, the leaves "lift" up. And goes back down in the shade. Very cute. Highly recommend it for all gardeners. I read somewhere that cats get attracted to this plant because it gives them a "high" smelling or rubbing against it. I do have a few cats that... read more


On Feb 18, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I've had these plants thriving in my garden with no special care nor winter protection for about three years. I am in NE Fla on the borderline of Zone 8b/9a. These plants have survived temperatures as low as about 28 F on occasion for a few nights in winter. They return each year and spread by their bulblet "arms", though not as profusely as others have reported here. They make a nice ground cover at the base of oak trees and other semi-shady areas in the garden where little else will bloom and flower.


On Oct 20, 2004, Khyssa from Inverness, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I live in central Florida (zone 9a) and have had good luck with both variegated and the solid green spiders in outdoor flower pots that I simple set in our summer kitchen during freezes.

Two years ago, in the summer, I was given a large galvanized aluminum washtub filled with solid green spider plants that had been kept outdoors under a tree all year round. I set it in the front flowerbed in full sun and watered it regularly. The plants went insane and started sending off babies everywhere that quickly established themselves in the ground.

In late fall I cut off all the babies and moved the tub into a more sheltered spot for the winter. I didn't do anything with the spiders that were growing in the flower bed. By spring it looked like all of the plants t... read more


On Aug 29, 2004, kareoke from Greensburg, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have a varigated spider plant given to me last year, it produces a lot of baby spiders but i have never had any flowers, in fact did not know that they produced flowers


On Aug 22, 2004, lobiwon from Vacaville, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

The spider plant is an attractive, easy to grow, and is simple to start new plants. I inherited my grandmothers spider plant and have been giving away the "grandchildren" plants for over 10 years now! It grows well in most any condition but from my experience it does best in a partially shaded area.


On Jun 18, 2004, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is the solid green form of the more well known variegated spider plant.

I bought a large hanging basket of the variegated form of this plant and it contained atleast one plant that was solid green. I've potted up the offsets of that one and hope to eventually have a hanging basket of just solid green spider plants that's as big as my variegated one some day. I also hope it's as easy to grow as the variegated. That one's a cinch! LOVE it.