About Spider Plant
Named for the tiny plantlets that grow from the long, trailing stems that resemble spiders, this easy houseplant is known for its air-purifying abilities. Their long, thin green leaves, often variegated with white stripes, give pops of color to your indoor space and are perfect for hanging baskets.
The spider plant's scientific name is Chlorophytum comosum, and they are from the asparagus (Asparagaceae) family.
Spider plants are tracheophytes, meaning they are vascular plants that use true root, stem, and leaf systems to make nutrients. This type of plant has vascular tissues, which enable them to grow larger than non-vascular plants.
Their water and food are distributed throughout the plant via these vascular tissues, contributing to their growth.
Spider plants grow natively in the tropical and subtropical regions of South Africa (specifically the coastal regions), Asia, and Australia.
Spider plants boast long, narrow leaves that are somewhat grass-like. They are usually bright green and have white variegations down the center of the leaves. Depending on the type of spider plant, the sizes of the leaves will vary. Some leaves are long and skinny, and others are thicker and shorter.
The lush green offset with the white stripes is aesthetically pleasing and looks great in a hanging basket because of how the long leaves naturally fall.
When the mother plant is ready to produce new plants, small white flowers will appear at the end of the leaves, and after the plant has flowered, baby plantlets (or spiderettes) will begin to form on the long leaves themselves.
Types Of Spider Plants
There are over 200 types of spider plants, with some of the most popular being:
Variegated spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum ‘vittatum’)
Bonnie spider plant
Airplane spider plant
Zebra spider plant
Hawaiian spider plant
Bichetii grass spider plant
Spider Plant Styling
Their long, often drooping leaves make them an ideal hanging indoor plant. Of course, there are several other ways to style these plants, like in large pots on the ground, smaller pots on an end table or bookshelf, or even in the corners of a sunroom or office.
Hanging spider plants add color and texture to a space, especially when paired with other hanging and vining plants, like ferns, Pothos, or string of pearls.