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Kolu / कोलू / Chlorophytum species

Local Name: Kolu / कोलू

Common Name: Spider plant

Botanical Name: Chlorophytum species

Kolu / कोलू / Chlorophytum species

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Herb

  • Occurrence: Gardens

  • Season of Availability: Year-round

  • Geography: Tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Australia, and Asia

  • Method of Propagation: Seed and vegetative propagation

  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds and Divisions

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Leaves

  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes

  • Ripe: N/A

  • Both Raw & Ripe: N/A

  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A

  • As Food: Tender leaves are cooked into a vegetable. Tubers can be eaten raw

  • As Medicine: Helps with immunity against infection.

  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: Not required

  • Boiling Before Cooking: Not required

  • Pickling: No

  • Brining: No

  • Fermenting: No

  • Drying for later Consumption: No

  • Overall Method: Leaves cooked as a green vegetable.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Rich in carbohydrates.

  • Medicinal Benefit: Rejuvenator, Used as a tonic, Blood purification, Aphrodisiac

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Helps with immunity against infection.


  • Tribal Recipe: Fresh leaves may be used as an ingredient in mashed foods.