Another incredibly popular houseplant, the spider plant is easy to grow and requires very little attention. Its common name comes from the "spidery" look of the baby plants it grows rapidly. The spider plant's trailing growth makes it perfect for hanging baskets.
The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) forms mounds of narrow, green-and-white-striped or solid green leaves. It spreads by growing long shoots that develop pre-rooted plantlets at their tips and has clusters of small white flowers.
Spider plant's cascading leaves form a graceful skirt in hanging baskets, but can also work great as a groundcover in shady spots in the South Florida landscape. It prefers shaded areas and can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but should be protected from frost.
This tough plant thrives on neglect, making it an ideal houseplant. To multiply your spider plant, simply remove and pot the plantlets!
- Florida Plant ID: Spider Plant
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- Plant Profile: Spider Plant
- Q&A: Why are the tips of my spider plant's leaves brown?