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Chlorophytum Comosum “Spider Plant”

Latin name

Chlorophytum comosum “Ocean”


(“klor-oh-FY-tum com-OH-sum”)

Common name

Chlorophytum comosum


Southern and Eastern Africa as well as parts of West Africa.

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The Spider plant, or Chlorophytum comosum “Ocean”, resembles clumps of long grass, although they are most closely related to hyacinths and dracaenas than true grasses. They have long striped leaves, fleshy, almost succulent, roots and produce offsets from long stems. Small white flowers are also occasionally produced and these form distinctive seed pods once pollinated.

Spider Plant offsets are often produced on very long stems. These hang from the parent plant until they reach the ground and root (or are taken as cuttings and rooted to form new plants). However, the long offsets means that spider plants can make good plants for indoor (and even outdoor) hanging baskets.

The foliage of Spider Plants is usually striped. “Ocean” is a cultivar of the variety ‘Variegatum’, which has leaves that are predominantly green with creamy white margins. The offsets are borne on green stems. ‘Vittatum’ is another naturally occurring variant, but its leaves have green edges and a white central stripe, with its offsets carried on white stems.

The scientific name “Chlorophytum” comes from the Greek words Chlorus meaning green, and phytum meaning plant – quite possibly the least imaginative botanical name ever given. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant



Medium – very high


The soil should be moist, but not wet and allowed to dry out between watering. If the soil gets too dry, the foliage takes on a grey pallor, but a good drink will bring back its bright green colour. As the roots are succulent, it will tolerate irregular watering and even a surprising amount of neglect, making it the ideal plant for students or frequent travellers.


Dead foliage should be cut away at the base of the plant. Offsets can be cut from their stems and planted in to soil where they will root and grow.


A small amount of weak fertilizer can be added to the water every time you water the plant. The species is not tolerant of high levels of fluoride or boron, so use a boron-free fertilizer if possible.

Pest & Diseases

Occasional mealybugs and spider mites, both of which can be removed by cleaning with a damp cloth or paper towel.

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