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


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



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​


Toxic to dogs and cats​5​

Cited Sources

  1. 1.
    Floridata. Sansevieria trifasciata. Accessed March 8, 2019.
  2. 2.
    Sansevieria trifasciata. Missouri Botanical Garden. Accessed March 8, 2019.
  3. 3.
    Crassulacean acid metabolism. Wikipedia. Accessed March 20, 2020.
  4. 4.
    Sansevieria Production Guide. UF: Mid-Florida Research & Education Center. Accessed March 8, 2019.
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