spider plant


Definition of spider plant 

: any of several cultivars of a southern African plant (Chlorophytum comosum) of the lily family widely grown as houseplants and having long narrow green leaves usually striped with white or ivory and producing white flowers and tufts of plantlets on long hanging stems

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Dracaenas are members of the Lily family, which includes the Easter lily and spider plant, says Alton Pertuit, Ph.D., professor emeritus at Clemson University, in South Carolina. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Lucky Bamboo," 8 Apr. 2016 Now Miwako’s spider plant rests in a macramé hanging planter in my new living room. Janet Lee, New York Times, "Inheriting an Apartment," 20 Apr. 2018 Homeowners with bathrooms that receive low levels of natural light should opt for plants like bamboo, aloe vera, heart-leafed philodendrons, orchids, spider plants, or Boston ferns, according to Apartment Therapy. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, ""Shower Plants" Are the Easiest Way to Keep Your Bathroom Clean," 19 Apr. 2017 Then there are chlorophytum, known to many as spider plants. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "What’s the easiest houseplant to grow?," 25 Jan. 2018 Also known as the Memorial Gardens, the flowerbeds at Buckingham are laid out in a semi-circular design and include such as exotic plants as scarlet geraniums, spider plants, and weeping figs. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "Inside Queen Elizabeth's Home at Buckingham Palace," 24 Jan. 2018 The spider plant is particularly easy to take care of—keep it out of direct sun, water when the topsoil is dry, and prune the yellowing and browning bits. Cam Wolf, GQ, "The Best Houseplants That Even You Can’t Kill," 24 Oct. 2017 Lush fiddle leaf figs and spider plants filter light from the street just so, while artfully distressed shelves feature Animal Handmade leather purses, Army of Rokosz baubles, various objets d’art, and even the odd tarot deck or two. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "Things to Do in Wicker Park and Bucktown, Chicago," 17 Oct. 2017

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of spider plant

: a plant that is often grown in people's houses and that has long narrow leaves and stems which produce smaller plants at the end

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