spider plant


plural spider plants
: any of several cultivars of a southern African plant (Chlorophytum comosum) of the asparagus 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

Examples of spider plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pamela Hubbard, a home gardening expert and writer, inherited her mother-in-law’s spider plant in 2000. Lauren David, Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2023 Use artificial versions instead, or create new traditions with pet-safe substitutes, such as spider plants and Swedish ivy. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 19 Dec. 2023 Houseplants like snake plants, ZZ plants, spider plants, and pothos are popular choices that are great for beginners and experienced growers alike. Cori Sears, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Oct. 2023 Some mature spider plants produce white flowers, which then mature into baby spiderettes that can be removed and rooted in water or soil. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 22 Apr. 2023 Bonnie Curly Spider The gift that keeps on giving, spider plants are known for being easy to propagate. Kate McGregor, House Beautiful, 14 Aug. 2023 Tropical ferns and spider plants also make perfect options. Bryce Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Apr. 2023 With dramatic arching leaves and variegated foliage, spider plant likes high light but can adapt to low light levels. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 21 July 2023 Large variegated spider plants even hang from a tree. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spider plant was in 1944

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“Spider plant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spider%20plant. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

spider plant

: any of several plants that are related to the lilies, have long narrow leaves and hanging stems often producing small plants at the end, and are often grown as houseplants
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