Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Spider plants

Chlorophytum comosum, the Spider Plant, is a species of Chlorophytum native to South Africa.

The spider plant is a very popular plants, and grows even in temperate countries. I have grown it in New Zealand. If grown in a hanging basket, the baby plantlets flows downwards, hence giving it the name spiders. It also has branched stolons which produces little white flowers. It is a small beautiful plant that makes a good gift.

There are two types, a more popular ones are the variegated ones have streaks of white bands along the leaf. I also have the all green ones.

It is easy to propagate. You snip plantlets already with roots from the stolons and pot them separately. It is a popular plant with beginners and thrives well in any condition.


The spider plant is among the NASA studies that it is effective in absorbing formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air in homes or offices.
Each plant type was placed in sealed, plexiglass chambers in which chemicals were injected. Philodendron, Spider plant and the Golden pothos were labeled as the most effective in removing formaldehyde.
The above text was reprinted directly from the NASA site.


*****the Spider plant - One can buy the dried spider roots which look like light brown beads from the medical shop in Malaysia. Brew with dry chrysanthemum,to make tea. The tea can give a soothing effect to bad sore throat. Chinese call this plant mak tong. S.L.****

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