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A picture of a Mother-in-Law's Tongue

Mother-in-Law's Tongue

Dracaena aubrytiana

Also known as

Snake Plant

Damen595 (11) by Dracaenaworldwide (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Mother-in-Law's Tongue Overview

Dracaena aubrytiana is a succulent, evergreen perennial from the Asparagaceae family. It was previously well known as Sansevieria aubrytiana and is often still sold as such. It has a dwarfed habit, growing to under 30cm in height. Green leaves specked with paler green grow in rosettes. Commonly known by the names Mother-in-Law's Tongue and Snake Plant. Flowers may appear in summer or autumn, they are rarely seen in cultivation, but when they appear, they are green-white in colour and sweetly scented. Snake Plants are probably the toughest and most tolerant houseplant you can find, it's virtually indestructible and a great choice for the beginner gardener. This plant thrives on neglect and is drought resistant. Its attractive, stiff leaves don't flop or spread so it's great for tight spaces, or where you want something upright.

How to propagate Mother-in-Law's Tongue

Cuttings

Division

Special features of Mother-in-Law's Tongue

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers