Alan Richmond


Chlorophytum comosum is a popular houseplant. The species with all-green leaves forms only a small proportion of plants sold. More common are two variegated cultivars:[2]

C. comosum ‘Vittatum’ has mid-green leaves with a broad central white stripe. It is often sold in hanging baskets to display the plantlets.[2] The long stems are white.
C. comosum ‘Variegatum’ has darker green leaves with white margins. It is generally smaller than the previous cultivar.[2] The long stems are green.
Both cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit[12][13] (confirmed 2017).[14]

Spider plants are easy to grow, being able to thrive in a wide range of conditions. They will tolerate temperatures down to 2 °C (35 °F), but grow best at temperatures between 18 °C (65 °F) and 32 °C (90 °F). Plants can be damaged by high fluoride or boron levels.[2]

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