Curly Spider Plant

Chlorophytum; Curly Spider Plant; Variegated Spider Plant; Airplane Plant

Why we love Chris

His twisting foliage means Chris provides interest for even small spaces. He needs very little care and is extremely drought tolerant.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

A healthy plant will develop little plantlets on long stems. You can pinch these off and put them in compost to easily create new plants.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Chlorophytum comosum


Curly spider plant; Variegated spider plant; Airplane plant

Plant type

Evergreen perennial, indoor

Air purifying


Plant height (including pot)


Pet/baby safe


Nursery pot size


About curly spider plants

A classic of the houseplant world, the curly spider plant has been grown indoors for decades because it’s incredibly easy to take care of. In the wild, it’s most commonly found in tropical parts of Africa and Australia. 

A wild version might grow as tall as 60cm, with, bizarrely, flower stems that can be up to 75cm long. Indoors, it’s a compact plant that will live cheerfully in living rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens - anywhere. It’s equally happy hanging as in a pot.

Water it lightly and give it bright, indirect light for best results (it will be fine in lower light too, but growth will be weaker). You can also give it a growth boost by feeding it with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer.

This is one spider nobody need be afraid of.

Did you know?

There are over 200 species of spider plant, some of which reach heights over a metre.