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Sansevieria trifasciata

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Belonging to the Sansevieria genus, Snake plant has a botanical name of Sansevieria trifasciata.

It is an evergreen herbaceous perennial plant forming dense stands, spreading by way of its creeping rhizome, which is sometimes above ground, sometimes underground. Its stiff leaves grow vertically from a basal rosette. Mature leaves are dark green with light gray-green cross-banding and usually range between 70–90 cm in length and 5–6 cm in width.


Queensland Department of Natural Resources in Australia considers this plant a week for control.


WARNING: This plant is poisonous if eaten.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Green-yellow and   Light goldenrod yellow and   Ao green. Leaves appear approximately as a   Ao green and   Grade 1 Paint Green

It is a flowering non-edible succulent / houseplant that typically grows as an evergreen, which is defined as a plant that retains leaves throughout the year.

Snake plant is known for its erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (3.90 feet). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.

Popular varieties of Snake plant with home gardeners are Superba, Moonshine, Cylindrica, Gold hahnii and Black gold.

Nigeria is believed to be where Snake plant originates from.

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Snake plant is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Snake plant have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Snake plant

  • Indoor

    OR
  • Dappled Sun

  • Low

Ideal for indoor use this succulent that grows sword like long greenish gray leaves with bright yellow edges. They can stand a dark corner or will be happy with indirect light from a window. In the indoor environment will rarely produce fragrant white to greenish blooms. Sansevieria trisfaciata is extremely drought tolerant so wait until soil has dried out before watering. Tolerates low water, root bound, and low feeding.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys indoor lighting / dappled sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 10 - Zone 14 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Planting Snake plant in potting mix soil with a ph of between 6.1 and 7.8 is ideal for as it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Snake plant is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Snake plant to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Snake plant from seed

Transplanting Snake plant

As Snake plant is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out (around 0°C / 32°F as a guideline) - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

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Snake plant Etymology

Called a “snake plant” because of the shape of it’s leaves, and called a “mother-in-law’s tongue” because of their sharpness.

This plant is commonly named “viper’s bowstring hemp” because it is one of the sources for plant fibers used to make bowstrings.1

Snake plant Folklore & Trivia

In Haitian Vodou and Yoruba mythology, due to its bladelike shape, it is commonly associated with Ogum, the deity of war (usually associated with Saint George), and is used in rituals to remove the evil eye. A yellow-tipped variant is known as espada-de-santa-barbara (sword-of-saint-barbara), and is associated with Iansan/Oya, the female deity of storms (usually associated with the sword-bearing image of Saint Barbara).


Like some other members of its genus, S. trifasciata yields bowstring hemp, a strong plant fiber once used to make bowstrings.

Other names for Snake plant

Mother in law's tongue, Snake Grass, Magic Sword. Viper's bowstring hemp

Sansevieria laurentii, Sansevieria craigii, Sansevieria jacquinii

Misspellings: Mother-in-law's Tongue, Motherinlaw, Mother in Law

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Footnotes

1 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sansevieria_trifasciata

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