Sansieviera or Snake Plant
House Plants

Sansevieria (Snake Plant)

Scientific name: Sansevieria

Common names: Snake Plant, Mother-in-law’s tongue, Viper’s Bowstring Hemp

Family: Asparagaceae

Origin: Native to Africa, Arabia, and India

Height: 2 to 4 feet

Spread: 1 to 2 feet

Zones: 10 through 12

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Most known for their vertical snake, or tongue-like growth, sansevieria has become a popular house plant.  There are many varieties that are native to a region stretching from Africa to India. Through Crassulacean acid metabolism, snake plants absorb carbon dioxide at night versus the daytime like the majority of plants. ​3​

Plant Care

Sun: Partial sun

Water: Moderately watered, water when dry.

Soil: Does well in poor, dry soils, needs good drainage in containers

Frost Tolerant: No

Drought Tolerant: Yes

Sources1,2

Propagation

Methods: Division or cuttage

Cuttings taken from leafs must be planted with bottom ends down. Insert 1-1.5 inches into a well drained medium. For best results, keep medium between 70-75 F degrees, and roots should begin to grow between 4-6 weeks.​4​

Safety

Toxic to dogs and cats​5​


Cited Sources

  1. 1.
    Floridata. Sansevieria trifasciata. https://floridata.com/plant/1250. Accessed March 8, 2019.
  2. 2.
    Sansevieria trifasciata. Missouri Botanical Garden. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=b617. Accessed March 8, 2019.
  3. 3.
    Crassulacean acid metabolism. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crassulacean_acid_metabolism#During_the_night. Accessed March 20, 2020.
  4. 4.
    Sansevieria Production Guide. UF: Mid-Florida Research & Education Center. https://mrec.ifas.ufl.edu/Foliage/folnotes/sansevie.htm. Accessed March 8, 2019.
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