Common and Rare Spider Plant Varieties

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Common and Rare Spider Plant Varieties

There are numerous spider plant varieties available in the world for the taking! They are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but they also help clean the air indoors. Although if you want to narrow it down, the two different types of spider plants, in general, are the variegated spider plant and the reverse variegated spider plant. There are also rare spider plant varieties which I will list below. So if you want to know more about the different types of spider plants out there, then keep reading.

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Variegated Spider Plants:

Variegated plants have leaves that show different colors on their leaves. People often specifically look for variegated plants since they find them perfect with the color scheme of their houses. Out of all the different variegated plants, the ones I used the most in my household would be the variegated spider plant or reverse variegated spider plant.

Spider plants, or Chlorophytum comosum, are one of the most common houseplants available in the world. One of the reasons it is popular is that it is easy to take care of, making it perfect for beginners and relatively easy to propagate.

Reverse Variegated Spider Plant

A reverse variegated spider plant is for all intents and purposes, the same as regular variegated spider plants. The only difference between them would be that a reverse variegated spider plant has yellow or white margins or sides of their spindle-like leaves. On the other hand, regular variegated spider plants have a yellow or white line in the middle of their leaves.

Both types of spider plants and a number of spider plant varieties have the same advantages and benefits. As mentioned earlier, they are perfect for beginners and are very pretty to look at. Besides being easy to take care of, they also have various benefits which I will list down below:

1. Spider plants help purify the air

One of the main reasons people invest in a variegated spider plant is that it helps clean the air. A study made by NASA in 1989 showed that houseplants could reduce harmful toxins in the air by absorbing them. They look amazing as decor inside your house, but they also help purify the air.

Out of the different spider plant varieties but I often put a small spider plant like the Hawaiian Spider Plant inside the guest’s bathroom. All the spider plant varieties will help purify the air and add a bit of green inside the room. I choose the Hawaiian Spider plant because it blends wonderfully with the colors in my bathroom.

2. Perfect as Indoor Decoration

There are different types of spider plants or spider plant varieties to choose from that can add much flair to a room. One way to make spider plants pop out more is to place them in white pots to help provide a contrast between colors. Their warm green and yellow colors can easily bring a sense of warmth in any room.

Any variegated spider plant can be placed on a tabletop, as a centerpiece for your coffee table or even hung near a window or in the kitchen. As mentioned earlier, they are easy to take care of and the lush in their leaves are very easy to maintain.

3. Increase Humidity in the room

Variegated spider plants are considered one of the best plants to decrease humidity in the room. They can easily absorb the moisture from the air with their long slender leaves. The amount they can take may surprise you and the difference in moisture levels in the air will be very noticeable.

Having a spider plant indoors is especially beneficial during the summer or in tropical places when you want to avoid hot and humid weather. Having less humidity will also help in maintaining a mold free household.

How to Care for Spider Plants:

The different types of spider plants are the easiest plants to take care of, making it a perfect choice to buy for yourself if want to start out gardening or as a gift to someone. For a more in-depth read on how to properly take care of Spider plants, here is the article on Spider Plant Care Guide that will help beginners learn how to take care of spider plants.

Different Types of Spider Plants:

As mentioned earlier, there are different types of spider plants available. Each of these will add a different type of aesthetic depending on the person’s taste. For me, I often put variegated spider plants in living rooms or places with a lot of traffic in your house. Reverse variegated spider plants are often placed in bathrooms or the kitchen. Below are some of my favorite spider plants, which I hope will become one of your favorites too!


1. Variegated Spider Plant

Botanical Name: Chlorophytum comosum

Other names: Vittatum

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What to love about this plant: One of the most uncomplicated variations of spider plants to find, this plant has evergreen leaves with creamy white vertical stripes. Usually, the width and length of the leaves of this plant can reach up to 2 feet. What I love the most about it would be for its attractive leaves and being generally pest and even disease free.

2. Hawaiian spider plant

Botanical Name: Chlorophytum viridescens ‘Hawaiian’

Other names: Golden Glow

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What to love about this plant: The Hawaiian spider plant is one that is small making it perfect for people with smaller living spaces or inside smaller spaces in your house. I usually put together three hanging pots in a sort of simple triangle formation and then have their leave grow out a bit. They are perfect for kitchens or on any window. Hawaiian spider plants are also easy to propagate.

3. Chlorophytum capense

Botanical Name: Asparagaceae

Other names: Anthropodium capensis

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What to love about this plant: The Chlorophytum capense is different in that it does not make hanging plantlets. I like putting them in corners around the house since they can easily survive minimal sunlight and look great in general. You only really have to look out for excessive clumping and that you have to do some trimming every few months or so. The very luscious green leaves they have contrast beautifully with their white star-shaped flowers.

4. Bonnie

Botanical Name: Chlorophytum Comosum

Other names: Spider Ivy

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What to love about this plant: These plants are my go-to spider plant type since they are beautiful to have with their hanging plantlets. I usually put them in the bathrooms around the house since they love humidity. They can maintain their luscious leaves easily with lots of indirect light and can even help in absorbing particular chemicals in the air.

5. Zebra

Botanical Name: Chlorophytum Laxum

Other names: False Lily Turf

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What to love about this plant: From the different spider plant varieties in this list, the False lily turf spider plants are unique with their very beautiful evergreen leaves with white strips on both ends. I often choose this since it is a reverse variegated spider plant.

I usually have them placed together with other houseplants since they match almost any of them. They are easy to take care of and need little to no maintenance. Their leaves will easily stay their healthy colors without the need to constantly water or prune. They also contrast beautifully with their white star-shaped flowers.


Spider plants are one of the easiest plants to start with and maintain. Beginners with regard to indoor gardening often choose to get spider plants and their variety since they are easy to grow and maintain with little to no needed gardening knowledge. I personally have a number of them around the house since my family loves the green that their foliage brings to the surroundings. They also help tremendously with the humidity and air filtering. Nowadays, air can get pretty dirty considering the rising levels of pollution.

Having a hot and humid afternoon can make a lot of people uncomfortable. That is why I usually have a lot of plants around the house to help bring a fresh breath of cold air and to reduce humidity levels in general. Spider plants are definitely one of the best ones to have when considering having indoor plants. Their names may not be appealing but the benefits they give will have you wanting more of them inside your house.

If you also want to check out some other different types of spider plants, here is a video by Herb Stories on Youtube which will surely be helpful.

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