Sansevieria trifasciata is a succulent, evergreen perennial species in the Asparagaceae family. Leaves grow to between 80-100cm in length and 5-7cm wide. These tend to be dark green in colour with grey-green bands and horizontal marbling. Probably the toughest and most tolerant houseplant you can find, it is virtually indestructible and a great choice for the beginner gardener. 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 names Variegated Snake Plant because of the shape and colour of its leaves, and 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.