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15+ Spider Plant Varieties you will Love to Grow

Did you know the popular Spider plant that acts as a natural air purifier, boasts multiple varieties with distinct foliage patterns?

There are over 200 distinct Spider plant varieties, and Bonnie, or curly Spider plant, is the most popular amongst them. Other Spider plant varieties with minimal care needs include Vittatum, Shamrock, Fire Flash, Ocean, Zebra, Hawaiian, and many more.

Thus, read on to know which Spider plant matches the vibes of your space.

Spider plants are popular for their offsets, known as spiderettes. And those dangling offsets give a spider-like resemblance, hence the name.

spider plant offset aka spiderette
Not all Spider plant varieties have dangling offsets or pups.

In addition to visually attractive foliage, the Spider plant offers many medicinal benefits.

According to plants for indoor air pollution, NASA enlisted the Spider plant as one of the most efficient air-purifying houseplants.

Thus, let us acquaint you with the beneficial Spider plant varieties.

1. Variegated Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Vittatum’ is the most popular evergreen, perennial Spider plant variety.

They are famous for their unique braid of narrow green leaves with a whitish center. 

Vittatum has a moderately faster growth rate, so they get bushy quickly. You can expect them to grow up to 2 feet tall.

Did you know Vittatum is also the winner of the prestigious Award of Green Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society?

Besides their alluring foliage, they produce tiny white flowers on their trailing stems.

They are relatively easy to take care of and proliferate in hanging baskets kept in partial shade.

2. Shamrock Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum, also known as Ocean, is one of the rarest Spider plants.

Unlike Vittatum, Shamrock does not feature a white color in its foliage. Instead, they have plain yet elegant pointy green leaves.

Shamrock can attain up to one and a half feet in height and width with a moderately paced growth rate.

They prefer to stay outdoors for efficient growth. However, they easily fit indoors as well.

Subsequently, Shamrock has easy care needs that even a beginner can handle. Just ensure to keep them in bright indirect sunlight and well-draining soil.

3. Bonnie Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’ is known as the curly Spider plant because of their curly foliage.

They have curly green leaves with stunning creamy whitish or yellowish stripes that grow over 18 inches long.

Compared to other Spider plants, Bonnie is much smaller and more compact, with a mere height of 8 inches. 

Bonnie Spider plant
With proper lighting and watering habits, Bonnie, aka Curly Spider plant, produces pups or offsets.

Although rare indoors, Bonnie kept outdoors can bloom with tiny yellowish fragrant blossoms.

Regardless of their striking yellowish stems, they are easy to care of. Give them bright indirect sunlight and controlled watering

4. Fire Flash Spider Plant

Chlorophytum ‘Fire Flash’ is another colorful evergreen tropical Spider variety that flaunts an orange-hued plant crown.

The fire-like orange petioles and midribs are popular with the name Fire Flash Spider plant.

Fire Flash has broad dark green leaves over 12″ in length arranged in a rosette pattern. Moreover, adult Fire Flash attains a height of 1 to 2 feet.

Similarly, they produce tiny white blooms in dense, outward-twirling panicles that last only one week.

Maybe because of their fiery elegance, they require more intense care than any other Spider plant.

Therefore, try to keep them in a bright shade and well-draining, nutrient-rich soil.

5. Hawaiian Spider Plant

Chlorophytum Viridescensa ‘Hawaiian’ is another Spider plant variety that looks like Vittatum.

However, the Hawaiian Spider plant is more vibrant with its yellowish midribs. 

Also known as golden glow, they can grow up to 20″ tall with a spread of 15 inches. With growing age, their light green foliage becomes darker with a bright yellow hue. 

Like other Spider plants, Hawaiian also produces tiny white flowers, which later give seeds to prolong their dynasty.

This easy-going plant can thrive in both indoor and outdoor conditions. They prefer bright indirect sunlight and balanced fertilization in well-draining soil.

6. Variegatum Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ is popular for its creamy yellow striped leaf edges.

Variegatum has a reverse foliage color palette than that of Vittatum. The arching leaves grow at medium growth rates and are over 6″ long with yellow margins.

When the sun begins to shine less in the sky in the fall, they produce tiny white star-shaped flowers in clusters.

They stay fine in partial shade, whether indoors or outdoors, with average warmth and humidity.

Remember, the creamy yellow margins of the Airplane plant turns brown from underwatering issues.

7. Ocean Spider Plant

Another Spider plant with creamy yellow or white leaf margin is Chlorophytum comosum ‘Ocean.’ 

Instead of wide yellow leaf margins as in Variegatum, the Ocean type has thinner leaf margins. So they have a brighter greenish finish.

The Ocean Spider plant is preferred for its compact size. They reach a height of about a foot with a thin stem. 

Furthermore, they also produce white flowers on their dangling spiderettes. Thus, keep them in a hanging basket to feature them more aesthetically.

Similar to other Spider plants, give them nutrient-rich porous soil with well-drainage.

Beware of overwatering them, as it causes their roots to rot, resulting in falling leaves.

8. Chlorophytum Capense

Like Shamrock, Chlorophytum capense does not feature white or yellow strips on its foliage.

They have long linear leaves with solid green color and grow in compact clumps of unit foot height.

In contrast to the previous Spider plant varieties, capense does not have spiderettes. Thus, they do not go along with hanging baskets like others.

chlorophytum capense in pot
Chlorophytum capense does not have dangling offsets like other Spider plants.

However, this Spider plant makes excellent evergreen ground covers with minimal care needs.

They thrive in partial shade with regular watering after the top inches of soil dries off.

Give them chemical-free, rain or distilled water so the green leaves won’t turn yellow.

9. Variegatum Chlorophytum Capense

This is the variegated form of the previous Chlorophytum capense Spider plant.

Thus, they have a central portion of the leaves filled with white stripes alongside bright green leaf margins.

Additionally, they produce white flowers along their long, erect stems, enhancing the beauty of the plant.

They prefer to grow on semi-shade with moderate water requirements and thrive in well-draining soil with good compost. 

Be aware of overfertilizing them as excess fertilizer causes chemical burns and yellowing leaves.

10. Zebra Spider Plant

Chlorophytum laxum ‘Zebra’ is famous for its broader leaves instead of long, trailing spiderettes.

They have broader leaves with greenish in the middle and creamy white on their edges.

The leaf edge color is more pronounced yellow in their juvenile phase but turns white with time.

As they are not much taller, you can utilize them as a ground cover, ensuring their leaves won’t get direct sunburn.

Additional Spider Plant Varieties

Here are some more Spider plant varieties with alluring foliage features.

Spider plant varietiesFeatures
Variegated BonnieCurly green leaves with whitish leaf margins
Bichetii GrassThin leaves in faded green color with creamy white leaf margins
Purple Spider PlantAromatic green leaves with purple flowers
Green Spider PlantOne of the rare Spider plant with solid dark green leaves with no variegation of whatsoever
Mandarin Orange Spider PlantShiny green leaves with vibrant orange colored stems

Wrapping Up

Spider Plants have become a must-have houseplant as they do not require meticulous care and attention.

Thankfully, there are over hundreds of Spider Plant varieties to choose from. Trust me! Every single one of them is an excellent air purifier.

Good Luck!

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