Sansevieria “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue”

Sansevieria, ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue’, ‘Devil’s Tongue’, ‘Snake Plant’

Sansevieria is an architecturally gorgeous plant found in the deserts of Africa and Asia.  There are over 60 varieties of Sansevieria and all are extremely low-maintenance Old World relatives of the Agave.

Strong Rhizomes

Slow growing, a Sansevieria will maintain the same look from week to week and month to month.  However, their way of growing is by rhizomes – roots under the soil that travel a bit of a distance away from the plant and produce pups that emerge from underground.  These rhizomes are quite tough and are known to travel out of a pot (via over the edge and sometimes through the drainage hole at the bottom of a pot), sprouting new plants that literally hang in mid air.
Sansevierias rarely need to be repotted.  However, the rhizomes of an older plant have been known to destroy a less hardy pot in the plant’s attempt to travel.

Care

Whether you place it in full sun or full shade, Sansevieria will persevere.  They can handle cold temperatures and hot.  They are very drought tolerant and as long as you avoid overwatering them, Sansevierias appear to live forever and ever and ever.

A Sansevieria, as mentioned above, is slow-growing.  Mature varieties range from 6 inches to 8 feet tall.  To encourage faster growth, a partial sun, minimal watering, and warm climate is best.  At The Palm Room, we suggest watering Sansevieria once every 4-6 weeks depending on the warmth of its environment.

If you knock one of these plants over, just set it back up in its pot.  If leaves droop (due to overwatering), snip off each floppy leaf and a new one will grow in its place.   This is a tough plant.

Sansevieria is recognizable but an infallible addition to the interior design of any and all homes.

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