Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’-Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ on 7-3-12, #107-68.

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Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’

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Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Jacques is the correct and accepted scientific name for this Spider Plant. It was first described by that name by Henri Antoine Jacques in Journal de la Société Impériale et Centrale d’Horticulturein 1862. It was FIRST described as Anthericum comosum Thunb. by Carl Peter Thunberg in Prodromus Plantarum Capensium in 1794.

The genus Chlorophytum was named by John Bellenden Kew Gawler and described in Botanical Magazine in 1807.

Chlorophytum comosum is widespread in Africa in their native habitat.

There are several different Chlorophytum comosum varieties. The one with green leaves and white margins is ’Variegatum’ and the one with green leaves with a white center stripe is called ‘Vittatum’ while the species, Chlorophytum comosum, has all green leaves. ‘Vittatum’ is the largest of the three. Both ‘Variegatum’ and ‘Vittatum’ have won the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

My Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ was given to me by my good friend Walley Morse of Greenville, Mississippi in 2012. Actually, he gave me two so I gave one to Kyle Hall and kept the other.


Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ on 7-4-12, #108-13.


Family: Asparagaceae
Origin: Africa
Zones: USDA Zones 9-11 ( ° F
Size: up to 24” tall and wide, more or less.
Light: Bright indirect light, light to part shade.
Soil: Well-drained soil a little on the damp side.
Water: Moderate
Uses: Hanging baskets, bedding, air purifying.

Spider Plants are very easy to grow. They prefer their soil to be moderately moist and like bright, indirect light. They don’t especially need fertilizer as their tubers store reserve food. Too much fertilizer will result in strange looking plants and they will not produce as many flowers and plantlets. They can easily be propagated by planting the plantlets in potting soil. They are very adaptable and can be grown in hanging baskets and in flower beds. They can survive temperatures as low as 35° degrees F. The Wikipedia says they do best in a temperature range from 65-90° F but the Missouri Botanical Garden says between 55-70°.

Well cared for happy plants can get fairly large and are beautiful specimens. You will need to remove dead leaves occasionally to keep them looking their best. They like an occasional misting, too.

I gave up my Spider Plant when I moved from Mississippi back to the family farm in February 2013. I am sure I will have another one someday.

I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant. If you notice I made an error, please let me know.


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