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Chlorophytum comosum

Also known as

Spider Plant, Hen-En-Kuikens (Afr.), Iphamba (Zulu), Spider ivy, Ribbon drive

Blossom Blüte Grünlilie Chlorophytum comosum Agavengewächse Agavoideae PICT6339 by JanRehschuh (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Hen-And-Chickens Overview

Spider Plants are a favourite houseplant across the world, known officially as Chlorophytum comosum. This is the standard green leaved one, it copes with less sun compared to Variegated Spider Plants. The green ribbon-like leaves stay evergreen all year round, particularly when grown inside. It easily multiplies by generating offsets on the end of long stems. Break the offsets off and root in soil or water to grow into new plants. Cultivars with variegated foliage are more commonly grown than this original green species they were bred from. This species can help to filter air and easily grows in shade, indoors and in baskets. It should be kept away from frosts. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Western Cape.

Common problems with Hen-And-Chickens

Hen-And-Chickens Companion Plants

Plant under a tree canopy, does well in partial shade.

How to harvest Hen-And-Chickens

Flowers can be harvested for the vase, but are short lived

How to propagate Hen-And-Chickens


Sow seeds in Spring and keep moist.


Divide thick clumps of plants and replant.


Mother plants often give rise to little plants that can be broken off and replanted. Wait until the new plant has developed roots before removing though!

Special features of Hen-And-Chickens

Attractive flowers

The inflorescence has long stems with spaced white 6 petal flowers along the middle to end.

Attractive leaves

Evergreen ribbon-like leaves

Drought resistant

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Wet sites

Other uses of Hen-And-Chickens

Greenhouse, indoors, border, container

Shade | Area Specific

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