Chlorophytum,genusof about 150speciesofflowering plantsin theasparagusfamily (Asparagaceae). The plants are native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa,Asia, andAustralia, and some are grown as ornamentals. The popularspider plant(Chlorophytum comosum) is a commonhouseplantand typically features long grassy green-and-white-striped leaves.
Members of the genus areperennialevergreenherbs, generally less than 60 cm (2 feet) tall. Therootsare fleshy and tuberous, and several species spread byrhizomes(underground stems). The long narrowleavesare usually arranged basally. Small bisexualflowersare borne on a sparseflowerspike, and some species produce clonal plantlets that readily root to produce new plants.