April 22, 2020

COMMON NAME                      Mother-in-law’s tongue, bowstring hemp, devil’s tongue

SCIENTIFIC NAME                    Sansevieria trifasciata

FAMILY NAME                          Asparagaceae

ORIGIN                                     West Africa and Asia

HEIGHT                                    40 inches maximum

LIGHT                                        Indirect light, artificial light, filter harsh light

WATER                                     Moderate

FERTILIZER                              Weak liquid fertilizer.

TEMPERATURE                      40-85 degrees Fahrenheit

SOIL/GROWING MEDIUM      Well-drained

HUMIDITY                                Average

PROPAGATION                        Seeds, cuttings, division in water

POISONOUS FORM                Mildly toxic. Stay away from pets, babies

PESTS                                      Mealybugs, spider mites



There are about 70 different species of Sansevieria, native to Africa, Madagascar, and southern Asia. For many years they have been a very important part to both Asian and African culture.  In Africa, It is believed that the plant brings spiritual protection. In fact, it is used in rituals to remove the evil eye (a malevolent stare that casts a curse on its victims). This succulent has also been associated with African gods, such as the god of war, which is ironic considering that this plant is nick named the “bowstring hemp”.

In Asian culture, this plant brings good luck. It is believed that the gods will grant their caretakers the eight virtues, which include long life and prosperity. The snake plant holds great history and up to this day provides so much in our wonderful homes.
Sansevieria trifasciata is one of the most common snake plants and it is recognized mainly by its green-yellow leaves. However, there is such an immense variety of cultivars to choose from. They are distinguished based on the leaf color and shape.

Here are a few cultivars to choose from:

Fun FACT: It is very rare to find these plants blossoming, but this usually tends to happen when the plant is mildly stressed. Their white or cream-colored flowers resemble lilies. They have an amazing aroma but unfortunately attract pests with the scent.


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Written by: Yolanda M. Pineda

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