Chlorophytum comosum is a tuberous perennial plant. It is part of the Asparagaceae family of plants and is native to tropical and southern Africa. They also call it the Spider Plant, Spider Ivy, Ribbon Plant, and Hen and Chickens.
Carl Peter Thunberg, the Swedish naturalist first described Chlorophytum comosum and named it Anthericum comosum, 1794. It eventually was classified as Chlorophytum by Jacques in 1862.
Chlorophytum comosum is an easy to grow and propagate plant that grows to about 60cm or 24in tall. It has long narrow leaves that are cream-colored in the center and green on the edges. White flowers grow on long branches and clusters that occur at different intervals on the branch. Each flower has six tepals. The branches carry small plantlets at the tip which when they bend over eventually touch the soil and develop roots.
How to grow Chlorophytum comosum:
Grow Chlorophytum comosum in light shade. Plant it in moist but well-drained soil. Water regularly. Tips of the leaf can turn brown if it does not have enough water. It is a popular houseplant and does well in containers. Indoors provide indirect sunlight. Avoid soggy soil and waterlogging. Watch out for root rot, whiteflies, spider mites, scales, and aphids.