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Chlorophytum comosum (Airplane/Spider Plant)

Life: Perennial

Size: 12-24"

Light: Bright Shade or Filtered Sun

Water: Average, Good Drainage, Drought Tollerant Once Established

Soil: Mildly Acidic to Neutral, Clay Loam to Sand

Though normally kept as house plants, they make excellent deciduous borders or a groundcover this far south. The long, thin leaves may be solid green, green with white edges, or white with green edges. They have a large, strong and fleshy, tuberous root system that, when containerized, needs to be divided regularly or it may actually break your pot! When the plants receive short days and long, uninterrupted nights for at least three weeks, long flowering stems will produce tiny white star-shaped blooms that will eventually form the characteristic small "spiders" or "airplanes" this plant is famous for. Do not feed too much fertilizer or it won't produce as many plantlets, and make sure the soil has excellent drainage to prevent root rot.