Heirloom Organic Spider Plant Seeds (Chlorophytum comosum, Airplane plant, St. Bernard's Lily, Spider Ivy, Ribbon Plant, Hen and Chicken) (5)
Chlorophytum comosum, often called spider plant but also known as airplane plant, St. Bernard's lily, spider ivy, ribbon plant, and hen and chickens is a species of perennial flowering plant. It is native to tropical and southern Africa, but has become naturalized in other parts of the world, including western Australia. Chlorophytum comosum is easy to grow as a houseplant; variegated forms are the most popular.
Chlorophytum comosum is a popular houseplant. The species with all-green leaves forms only a small proportion of plants sold. More common are two variegated cultivars
C. comosum 'Vittatum' has mid-green leaves with a broad central white stripe. It is often sold in hanging baskets to display the plantlets. The long stems are white.
C. comosum 'Variegatum' has darker green leaves with white margins. It is generally smaller than the previous cultivar. The long stems are green.
Both cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit (confirmed 2017).
Spider plants are easy to grow, being able to thrive in a wide range of conditions. They will tolerate temperatures down to 2 °C (35 °F), but grow best at temperatures between 18 °C (65 °F) and 32 °C (90 °F). Plants can be damaged by high fluoride or boron levels.
The NASA Clean Air Study determined that this plant was effective at removing common household air toxins formaldehyde and xylene.
Spider plants have also been shown to reduce indoor air pollution in the form of formaldehyde, and approximately 70 plants would neutralize the formaldehyde released by materials in a representative (ca. 160 m2 [1,700 sq ft]) energy-efficient house, assuming each plant occupies a 3.8 L pot.