Known by such names as the Spider lily, Spider plant, and the Ribbon plant, Cholorophytum comosum is a member of the lily (Liliaceae) family. It is one of the most popular of all houseplants.
Spider lilies are a grass like evergreen with leaves that are 8 to 16 inches in length and under 1 inch in width. They flower small white blooms. It can form a 3-foot-tall clump when mature.
Spider lily prefers full sun although it will live in shade as well. Keep the soil moist, but in the winter allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
The spider lily is hardy from USDA hardiness zones of 8 to 11. It makes an excellent indoor plant in any zone.
The "spider" plantlets that will come up on the stalk root easily (they root wherever they touch). You can divide the main root mass as well.
There are over 200 different Chlorophytum species. All of them are evergreen perennials.
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