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

Examples of spider plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some plants, like snake plant, spider plant, African violets, and Christmas cactus actually prefer tight shoes, so to speak, but most other plants like room for their roots. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Clear Decks, Fresh Mulch, Can’t Lose: Our Garden Spring Cleaning Guide," 10 Mar. 2020 Also on view are a white bird of paradise, ferns, and spider plants. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Have old-fashioned family fun at Oak Park Fall Fest," 14 Sep. 2019 The store is filled with succulents, spider plants, cacti and various leafy house plants. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "‘Plants for everyone’: Urban Planting Cleveland opens this weekend," 29 Aug. 2019 Now Dracaena fragrans, aka the corn plant, and spider plants are being dragooned into doing the job. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "The Dark Secrets of America’s Millennial Plant Lovers," 26 July 2018 These plants--clockwise from top left, a spider plant, peace lily, pothos vine and Swiss cheese plant--need limited maintenance and are perfect for beginner indoor growers. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "Which Houseplants Grow Best in Low Light?," 10 Nov. 2018 Dryp Ever overwater a succulent or underwater a spider plant? Liz Stinson, Curbed, "New app Dryp wants to be your ‘personal plant assistant’," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of spider plant

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Spider plant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spider%20plant. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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