Also known as
Devil's Tongue, Jinn's Tongue, Bowstring Hemp, Snake Plant, Snake Tongue, Skoonma Se Tong (Afr.)
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This plant has no fragrance
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Mother-In-Law's Tongue Overview
Sansevieria was a genus containing around 61 evergreen species in the Asparagaceae family, grown for their stiff and upright leaves. These plants have been reclassified and are now considered part of the genus Dracaena. Many species are commonly known as 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 warmer climates that do not experience freezing temperatures. Flowering is rare in cultivation, but when they appear, flowers are star-shaped 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 (requiring little water) and rhizomatous.
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How to propagate Mother-In-Law's Tongue
Divide clumps in spring.
Remove suckers in spring and replant immediately.
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 of Mother-In-Law's Tongue
Plant in 2 parts loam based compost and 1 part course grit, water moderately, decreasing water in winter when growth slows down.
Grow indoors in bright filtered light to indirect light.
Can tolerate long periods of drought.