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Spider Plant/Ribbon Plant

Chlorophytum comosum

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.
  • Family Anthericaceae
  • 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.

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