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Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Sansevieria spp.

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Also known as

Snake Plant, African Bowstring Hemp

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Mother-In-Law's Tongue Overview

Sansevieria was a genus containing around 61 evergreen species in the Asparagaceae family, grown for their stiff and upright leaves. These plants have been reclassified and are now considered part of the genus Dracaena. Many species are commonly known as Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law's Tongue. These succulent perennial plants are often grown indoors as houseplants, favoured for their tolerance of neglectful watering and low-lighting. They can also be grown as spectacular specimen plants for desert gardens in warmer climates that do not experience freezing temperatures. Flowering is rare in cultivation, but when they appear, flowers are star-shaped and white in colour. There is great variation within this genus, with plants ranging from succulent desert species to thinner-leaved tropical plants. Most species are stemless, xerophytic (requiring little water) and rhizomatous.

Common problems with Mother-In-Law's Tongue

How to propagate Mother-In-Law's Tongue


Divide clumps in spring.


Remove suckers in spring and replant immediately.


Root leaf cuttings with bottom heat during summer. Cuttings from variegated cultivars will lack the same variegation patterns, if grown from leaf cuttings.

Special features of Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Pot plant

Plant in 2 parts loam based compost and 1 part course grit, water moderately, decreasing water in winter when growth slows down.

Indoor plant

Grow indoors in bright filtered light to indirect light.

Attractive leaves

Drought resistant

Can tolerate long periods of drought.


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