Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider Plant Plant Features

Spider plant, also sometimes called airplane plant, is a houseplant that's withstood the tests of time. As popular today as it was generations ago, spider plant is wonderfully easy to grow. It thrives in bright light, but tolerates low light. It doesn't mind being watered frequently, but it can a while without water and still look good.

Spider plant is typically grown in hanging baskets because of its gracefully arching leaves and stems that jet from the plant and carry baby plantlets on it. It grows just as beautifully in traditional containers on mantles, in windowsills, and on tabletops, though.

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Spider Plant Growing Instructions

Grow spider plant in just about any room of your home. It's an especially good choice for bedrooms and offices because the houseplant is remarkably good at filtering out indoor air pollution. Spider plant grows best when watered regularly -- once a week or so -- but doesn't mind if you miss a week every now and again.
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The ends of the leaves sometimes turn brown and crispy; if this happens, try increasing the humidity around the spider plant to alleviate the problem. Brown leaf tips may also be the result of too much fertilizer.

Note: Spider plant is not intended for human or animal consumption. 
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Indoors: High light

    Indoors: Low light

    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors



  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Spider Plant

Low-growing spider plant is a brilliant accent to upright plants such as dracaena.

ZZ Plant
No-fuss spider plant grows well with easy-care ZZ plant -- and variegated varieties are perfect for adding a splash of color to ZZ plant's dark green foliage.

Fern, Houseplant
Spider plants grow well in hanging baskets with houseplant ferns!

Our favorite varieties

Bonnie Spider Plant

Bonnie Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum 'Bonnie'

Bonnie spider plant is an interesting houseplant that has leaves that curl and twist.

Variegated Bonnie Spider Plant

Variegated Bonnie Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum 'Bonnie Variegated'

Variegated Bonnie spider plant has curled green leaves striped with creamy white.

Hawaiian Spider Plant

Hawaiian Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum 'Hawaiian'

Hawaiian spider plant is an interesting variety that has variegation on its new leaves; as the leaves age, the variegation fades -- giving this houseplant a multicolor look.

Zebra Grass Spider Plant

Zebra Grass Spider Plant

Chlorophytum laxum 'Zebra Grass'

Zebra grass spider plant has green leaves edged in white.