Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Sansevieria trifasciata

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A close up of some Sansevieria trifasciata plants
profile iconStarr 071024-8807 Sansevieria trifasciata
by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)
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Sansevieria trifasciata is a succulent, evergreen perennial species in the Asparagaceae family. Leaves grow to between 80-100cm in length and 5-7cm wide, they are dark green with contrasting yellow margins. Probably the toughest and most tolerant houseplant you can find, its 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. Commonly known by the names Snake Plant because of the shape of its leaves and Mother-in-Laws 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 watering's). Short spikes of small fragrant tubular greenish-white flowers can appear in summer.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Suckers

Remove in late summer & pot on.

Cuttings

Leaf cuttings can be done in Spring or early Summer.

Special features

Indoor plant

Special features

Origin

Africa, South, Africa

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Sand

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Notes

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

Personality

Family

Asparagaceae

Flower colour

Green, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally disease free

Related Problems

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