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Mother-in-law's Tongue Dracaena trifasciata

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Sansevieria trifasciata
Description

Snake Plant is a popular house plant and is used as ground cover fillers in interior landscape designs. It is durable, easily grown & difficult to kill and will tolerate very low light areas as filler plants. However, it prefers bright light situations and well-drained soils. Do not overwater as the roots will rot. In spring to autumn allow the soil to dry between waterings. In winter only water ever 1-2 months. It tolerates low humidity and cool temps around 50 degrees. 

In its native habitat in Africa, it blooms in the winter. As a house plant, it rarely blooms. The more neglected they are the bigger the chances are you may see a bloom. 

It is called a clean air plant as it helps improve air quality. NASA found back in the '70s that certain common houseplants could actually remove pollutants like formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia from a room rather efficiently and further study supports this. So it's not only an easy plant to grow but it is good for you too!

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Hahnii'
    dwarf plant with6-12 leaves forming a short, funnel-shaped rosette
  • 'Laurentii'
    a chimeral form with yellow, thickened (diploid) margins
Tags:
#tropical#houseplant#easy to grow#showy leaves#low light#low maintenance#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Hahnii'
    dwarf plant with6-12 leaves forming a short, funnel-shaped rosette
  • 'Laurentii'
    a chimeral form with yellow, thickened (diploid) margins
Tags:
#tropical#houseplant#easy to grow#showy leaves#low light#low maintenance#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Dracaena
    Species:
    trifasciata
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Africa
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Winter
    Flower Description:
    Inflorescence is raceme. Flowers are minute, greenish-white to cream-colored, sticky, nonfragrant.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    White
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Stiff, upright, succulent leaves grow in rosette or clusters. They are flat, up to 3 ft long and 2-4 inches wide with alternating transverse bands of shades of green. Some varieties have yellow to white bands on the outer edges of the leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Dry Soil
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs