The Best Spider Plants for the Great Outdoors

Are you an avid gardener who loves discovering and growing new varieties of plants and flowers? If so, then you might want to consider cultivating outdoor spider plants.

​Also known as chlorophytum comosum, spider plants are spiny-shaped and are pretty tolerant to difference environments, as well as able to store food and water inside for the long term. You can say that this particular plant is really easy to grow and maintain.

That said, what are some spider plants to grow outdoors? You might be surprised to find out that there are a huge variety of different types out there, for different environments and tastes. In this article, we are here to give you just a few to inspire you for your next big gardening project. From the variegatum to the Hawaiian, there is always a spider plant just for you. Let’s get started!


#1. Variegatum Spider Plant

Considered one of the most common spider plants out there, the variegatum variety contains streaked-colored leaves; there is also the reversed variegatum, which is distinguished by its bright, white streaks on the outer edges of the leaves.

As for characteristics, the variegatum can grow up to 45 centimeters in length, and it takes about five to ten years to reach full maturity, thereby sticking around for a while. It even contains small, white flowers occasionally. It is relatively hardy, with a H2 designation meaning that it can survive temperatures as low as 1 degree Celsius. It has foliage all-year round and can be grown outdoors, albeit with some partial shade covering it.

#2. Vittatum Spider Plant


This evergreen perennial plant is characterized by large amounts of arched leaves with white streaks in the center of the leaves. Just like its variegatum cousin, the vittatum spider plant also contains small, white flowers.

It is best to grow the vittatum spider plant underneath the grass or in a relatively frost-free environment. In any case, it has a H2 hardiness, which means it can also withstand cold temperatures; it works especially well when grown on the patio or in containers to add that extra pop to the home and garden. Even better, it retains much of its vibrant color throughout all of the seasons, which makes it all the more cheery.

#3. “Zebra” Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Laxum)

Also known as “zebra grass,” this particular spider plant is essentially like a reversed variegatum, as listed above. Containing white stripes along the margins of the green leaves, this distinctive plant certainly does look like a zebra.

Although it is labeled differently from the reversed variegatum, the zebra grass spider plant nevertheless undergoes a similar growth and tolerance pattern: on average, it takes about five to ten years to reach its full height of about 0.5 meters and can endure low temperatures on the H2 hardiness scale. Being both attractive and long-sustaining definitely has its merits for making your garden gorgeous as ever.

#4. Hawaiian Spider Plant


This interesting and specific plant of the chlorophytum comosum family is distinctive in that it contains leaves that are not only striped in green and white, but also in faded, yellowish tones that come about through a natural, aging process.​

As the name assumes, this special spider plant can be found in its native land of Hawaii, as well as in other tropical areas in the Pacific Hemisphere. That said, the plants certainly have character to them, as they would make for a wonderful addition to the outside front porch, or even the edge of the windowsill. Just like with the vibrant, lively colors of the Hawaiian spider plant, you can spruce up your life by getting creative with location and planting.​

​#5. Bonnie Spider Plant

​One of the most really noticeable spider plants out there is none other than the Bonnie spider plant (also known as the “Bonnie curly spider plant”). As the name suggests, this plant consists of curly, wavy leaves that are different from other spider plant varieties with more of an arched shape to them.

The curliness of the Bonnie spider plant seems to give off a sense of grandiosity when displayed outdoors, even though it is actually one of the most compact spider plants in the family. Volume makes up for its size, and it is quickly becoming a popular spider plant to grow and have around the house, due to its wild, fun character.​

​#6. Ocean Spider Plant

While not necessarily a well-known spider plant in the gardening community, the Ocean spider plant nevertheless is a new variety that contains more white streaks in the leaves, as well as small white flowers themselves, which makes it appear to be in the air as a whole. Its leaves stick up and out in many different directions, which gives off a look of being larger than it actually is.

​Besides looking lively, the Ocean spider plant also has a notable, important function for cleaning up pollutants from the air, especially that of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. It can be kept inside or outside, as it can tolerate most weather conditions; all it needs is consistent sunlight, whether artificial or natural.

​#7. Silver Surfer Spider Plant

​As a minor variety of the spider plant, the “Silver Surfer” gets its interesting name from the fact that its leaves are a shade of pale green, which in contrast to the white streaks on it closely resembles the color of silver.

​While not really easy to obtain, the Silver Surfer nevertheless is worthwhile to get if you happen to come across it. It is an excellent addition to the household, and it can serve to pair well with a modern-themed house and garden; its sleek, silver-like surface will make you happy that you purchased it in the first place.

​For some images of this distinctive, lovely plant, you can see a sample of them here.

​#8. Picturatum Spider Plant


Thin with white streaks down the center of its leaves, the picturatum spider plant is another lesser-known variety of spider plants out there. It is a perennial plant, and so it also has a relatively hardy feature to keep it looking fresh and colorful for a long time.

One advantage to growing the picturatum spider plant is that it does not require a specific amount of sunlight to grow well: from full sunlight to occasional bouts of it, this spider plant is not picky when it comes to light and warmth. Its distinctive foliage color varies, from bright green to pale green, the latter which can resemble closely with that of the Silver Surfer spider plant.

#9. Fire Flash Spider Plant

Also called the “orange spider plant,” this variety especially stands out in terms of its bright, fiery color near the roots. They can grow up to twelve inches, and it also does a good job of being immune to diseases and insects.

Surprisingly, the Fire Flash spider plant is a popular household item to have; its colors of green, white, and orange make it too irresistible not to get for the home, and is especially a good one to have for creative events such as Halloween.

Take-away Message

Altogether, spider plants make for a low-maintenance, but also a long-term investment that can benefit your home’s garden. With a large variety out there, it is without a doubt that you will have one that will suit your tastes while also making your place look extra bright and with great character.

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Happy Gardening!

Shary Saunders

Shary Saunders is the founder and chief editor of Gardening and landscaping have been her passion for years. You can find Shary on Twitter at @SharySaunders. Read more about Shary here.

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