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Plants of the UNF Campus

Chlorophytum comosum - Spider plant
Family Anthericaceae

Description:

Various sources describe this genus as composed of one hundred sixty-five to three hundred species. They are native to Africa and Asia. The spider plant is native to South Africa. This plant makes a clump of grass-like leaves with small, white flowers on stalks that arch above the leaves. It may be best known as a house plant. The common name refers to the small, spider-like plants that develop on the old, hanging flower spikes. 

Location:

See this plant on the northeast side of building 10.

Size:

A herbaceous plant to about nine to twelve inches tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: part shade to full shade

Water: responds well to irrigation, drought tolerant once established

Soil: not soggy, no other special requirements

Spider plant will grow outdoors in the warmer parts of Jacksonville, especially with a little cold protection. Plants have survived winter temperatures in the upper teens F. This is a plant for a shady, well-drained spot with protection from cold, winter winds. It has thick roots that help store moisture, making it fairly drought tolerant. It can grow as a groundcover, spreading rapidly in the right spot by plantlets that develop on its flower spikes.

Chlorophytum comosum

Chlorophytum comosum

Spider plant

Anthericaceae

Various sources describe this genus as composed of one hundred sixty-five to three hundred species. They are native to Africa and Asia. The spider plant is native to South Africa. This plant makes a clump of grass-like leaves with small, white flowers on stalks that arch above the leaves. It may be best known as a house plant. The common name refers to the small, spider-like plants that develop on the old, hanging flower spikes. 

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See this plant on the northeast side of building 10.

A herbaceous plant to about nine to twelve inches tall.

part shade to full shade

responds well to irrigation, drought tolerant once established

not soggy, no other special requirements

Spider plant will grow outdoors in the warmer parts of Jacksonville, especially with a little cold protection. Plants have survived winter temperatures in the upper teens F. This is a plant for a shady, well-drained spot with protection from cold, winter winds. It has thick roots that help store moisture, making it fairly drought tolerant. It can grow as a groundcover, spreading rapidly in the right spot by plantlets that develop on its flower spikes.