Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Sansevieria spp.

Snake Plant

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Sansevieria is a genus containing around 61 evergreen species in the Asparagaceae family. Many are commonly called 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 tropical climates that do not experience freezing temperatures. Flowering is not particularly common in cultivation, but when they appear, flowers are starry 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 and rhizomatous.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Division

Divide clumps in spring.

Suckers

Remove suckers in spring and replant immediately.

Cuttings

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

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.

Special features

Origin

Africa, Madagascar, India, Indonesia.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Asparagaceae

Flower colour

White, Cream, Yellow

Scent

None

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