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Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Dracaena zeylanica

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Also known as

Snake Plant, Indian Bowstring Hemp, Ceylon Bowstring Hemp, Sansevieria zeylanica

Sansevieria zeylanica-yercaud-salem-India by Yercaud-elango (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

H1c-H1b

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

50cm

1m

Min

10cm

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Mother-In-Law's Tongue Overview

Dracaena zeylanica is a succulent, evergreen perennial species in the Asparagaceae family. It was previously well known as Sansevieria zeylanica and is often still sold as such. This plant is often compared to the similar-looking Dracaena trifasciata, which is much easier to find. This plant produces smaller leaves which curve backwards, with a very similar pattern to the common Dracaena trifasciata. Its attractive patterned leaves don't flop or spread, so it's great for tight spaces or where you want something upright. It is commonly known by the name Mother-in-Law's Tongue due to the sharpness of the leaves. It thrives on neglect and is drought-tolerant, disliking excessive watering, drench once a week and allow to dry out between waterings. Short spikes of small fragrant tubular greenish-white flowers can appear in spring or summer.

Common problems with Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Generally disease free

How to harvest Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Division

Suckers

Remove in late summer & pot on.

Cuttings

Leaf cuttings can be done in Spring or early Summer.

Special features of Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Indoor plant

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Mother-In-Law's Tongue

A low maintenance plant that is prefect as a house plant in conservatories or sub tropical indoor greenhouses.