14 Jan Spider plant, Ribbon plant
A very old fashioned plant the Spider or Ribbon plant is still popular in rockeries or hanging baskets because of its ability to Family: with stand drought conditions.
Origin: South Africa
Habit: A tufted grass-like perennial herb, to 60cm high.
Leaves: Linear strap/grass-like leaves to 1cm wide and 60cm long forming a point at the apex, leaves may be solid green, although the variegated form with pale green and white longitudinal stripes is more common.
Flowers: Small white flowers with six petals are borne along outward arching wiry stalks in branching heads for most of the year.
Fruit: Small plantlets are produced at the tips of the flowering branches. When the branches bend over and the plantlets come into contact with the soil they take root. Capsules are formed that contain many seeds.
Roots: Fleshy tuberous roots 5-10cm long form at the base of clumps.
Dispersal: Main method of reproduction is vegetative where by new plantlets take root. Spread by humans, contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc) and garden refuse dumping.
Control: Hand pull/dig, bagging all plant parts and removing from site. Foliar spray.