Sansevieria stella(with variants as trifasciata ortrifasciata Laurentii) is the classical nomination we use to call our snake plant, which apparently has made a big return back.
Usually, used purely as an ornament, the snake plant is also a symbol of many religious personalities, including St. George in Brazil and the figure of Ogun in Nigeria. It is, in fact, a plant original from tropical West Africa, especially from Nigeria and Congo.
Due to its tropical nature and low maintenance, the snake plant is very popular in indoor environments, such as offices and movie sets - its aesthetics are pretty much a steady trend.
What catches the person’s attention in a snake plant is definitely its shape and colors. The shape, not very big nor distracting, reminds us of multiple tiny tongues - it is in fact known also asMother’s in Law Tongue - that emerge from the soil. The leaves are usually green, but they can be also yellow - if they present too much yellow on their surface it means that they have been receiving too much water. Also, It isn't the best plant to have when animals are present around since the leaves contain chemicals that can cause gastrointestinal malfunctions to our beloved pets.
Despite these notes, the snake plant is one of the easiest plants to take care of. It doesn’t require lots of light, although it grows at its fastest with more light than less. The plant itself needs a rich moist and if possible some kind of fertilizer to strengthen its growth. The best planter a snake plant can grow in a 10’’ deep container and that has a diameter of between 8’’ to 16’’.
Author: Giulia Baldini