The snake plant presents an interesting contrast when grouped with other plants. It is easy to grow and tolerates a great deal of neglect. Its ease of growth and resistance to insects make it a good starter plant for those new to growing houseplants.
Commonly, though unkindly, referred to as mother-in-law’s tongue, the snake plant is almost indestructible.
There are about 70 species, but Sansevieria trifasciata is the most common. It features stiff, spear-like leaves that stand ridigly upright that are usually 2 to 4 feet in length and approximately 2 in wide. The occasionally bloom, sending forth small, greenish-white, fragrant flowers. Any flowers should be removed as they release a sticky, honey-like substance. The snake plant differs from moist houseplants in that it produces oxygen and removes carbon dioxide at night. Because they are so easy to grow, always include them in any mixture of houseplants.
Family: Agavaceae (agave)
Origin: West Africa, India
Care: Water sparingly. Let the soil dry between waterings. Give a dilute solution of liquid fertilizer about once a month.
Ideal Temperature: 65-80°F (18-27°C)
Challenges: Rarely attacked by insects. Root rot from overwatering is the main risk.