Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker profile

Written by Maggie

Nov 18 2020

Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker profile

Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker is a perennial evergreen plant. The rhizome grows flat or obliquely, and has many thick roots. The plant has the effect of purifying the air, and the whole plant can be used as medicine.

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Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker

Morphological characteristics of Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker

Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker has strong roots and short stems and slightly thicker roots. The leaf is sword-shaped, 10-30 cm long and 1-2 cm wide, narrowing slightly to both ends.

Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker is a perennial root herb, with basal leaves, strip-shaped to strip-lanceolate, long and narrow. The biggest feature of Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker is that mature plants will grow out of stems from time to time, with a stem length of 30- At 60 cm, and small plants will grow at the apex. Scapes are longer than leaves, sometimes up to 50 cm long, and often become stolons with leaf clusters or young plants near the top.

Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker has white flowers, often 2-4 clusters, arranged in scattered racemes or panicles. Pedicels are 7-12 mm long, with joints located in the middle to upper part. Pepals are 7-10 mm long, 3-veined; stamens slightly shorter than tepals; anthers oblong round, 1-1.5 mm long, obviously shorter than filaments, often curled after cracking.

Capsules are triangular and oblate, about 5 mm long and 8 mm wide, with 3-5 seeds per chamber. Flowering period is in May, fruiting in August.

Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker recent differences

In addition to this species, C. capense (L.) Druce is also often cultivated. The difference is that the scapes are usually erect, with multi-branched panicles, and the ends of the inflorescences do not have leaf clusters or young plants.

Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker

Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker growth habit

Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker likes a warm, humid, semi-shady environment. It is adaptable, more drought-tolerant, and less cold-tolerant. Regardless of the soil, it grows better in well-drained, loose and fertile sandy soil. The light requirements are not strict, and it is generally suitable for growth under medium light conditions, and it is also resistant to low light. The optimum temperature for growth is 15-25℃, and the overwintering temperature is 5℃. It grows fastest when the temperature is 20-24 ℃, and it is easy to produce creeping branches. Growth stops above 30°C, and leaves often turn yellow and dry. In winter, if the room temperature is kept above 12°C, the plants can grow normally, with leaves and flowers; if the temperature is too low, Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker will grow slowly or dormant; if the temperature is lower than 5°C, cold damage will easily occur.

Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker geographical distribution

Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker is native to southern Africa and is widely cultivated all over the world

Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker main value


Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker can resolve phlegm and relieve cough; disperse blood stasis and reduce swelling; clear away heat and detoxify Main phlegm-heat cough; bruises; fractures; carbuncle; hemorrhoids; burns. For children with high fever, lung heat, cough, vomiting blood, bruises, swelling and pain.


Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker is a perennial herb with slender and drooping branches. In summer or other seasons, when the temperature is high, small white flowers bloom. The flowers are concentrated at the ends of the hanging branches. The stamens are yellow, and the small inner leaves are sometimes purple. 

Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker

Purify the environment

Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker is easy to cultivate and adaptable. It is one of the most traditional hanging plants in the house. Its leaves are slender and soft, and small plants emerge from the leaf axils, which hang down from the edge of the pot, stretch and sag, like flowers, and are evergreen in all seasons.

Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker can perform photosynthesis under weak light, can absorb more than 80% of harmful gases in the room, and has a super ability to absorb formaldehyde. In general, 1-2 pots of Chlorophytum are grown in a room. Its adsorption capacity for formaldehyde is equivalent to that of 10g coconut carbon, which can absorb all the toxic gases in the air. A pot of Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker is 8-10 square meters. In the room, it is equivalent to an air purifier. Due to the continuous and continuous release of harmful gases such as formaldehyde in newly renovated houses, environmental protection experts recommend that more ventilation should be maintained after the decoration, and a few pots of Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Baker and other green plants, so that the new house is basically empty for three to six months It can meet the occupancy standard; Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb. comosum (Thunb. ) Baker is also known as the "Air Guardian".