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)
This plant has no fragrance
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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
The inflorescence has long stems with spaced white 6 petal flowers along the middle to end.
Evergreen ribbon-like leaves
Other uses of Hen-And-Chickens
Greenhouse, indoors, border, container