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Garden Topics: Tropicals & Houseplants

Mother-in-Law's Tongue or Snake Plant

Sansevieria Trifasciata

Mother-in-Law's Tongue or Snake PlantWhy you may want to grow it: Poor sansevieria is the butt of numerous jokes, given its common name "mother-in-law's tongue". Native to India and West Africa, its rigid, sword-like, succulent leaves are very attractive as vertical accents, especially those of the variegated varieties. Snake Plant is an easy-to-grow plant that will thrive in just about any room of your house. It features stiff, upright foliage that has a sleek, modern feel. The Snake Plant is a wonderful corner filling plant.

How to care for it: This plant is among the front runners for most hardy plant. It can tolerate low light levels and needs very infrequent watering. The snake plant is a succulent and can store a lot of water in their leaves for a long time. Watering once every two to three weeks in the summer, and even less frequently in the winter, will keep your snake plant happy. Over-watering will cause root rot. This is the plant to grow if you have a "brown thumb"... Rarely needs repotting. Ideal for beginners, but seasoned gardeners also love this accent plant's dramatic, sword-shaped leaves. If all else fails, grow Sansevieria.

Health benefits: This plant is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. Additionally the Snake Plant removes nitrogen oxide produced by fuel burning appliances such as wood stoves or fire places. Put one in your bathroom - it'll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants. It's also efficient at absorbing carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night (which most plants do during the day), therefore one in the bedroom may help you in experience better sleep. 

For More Information Check Out Wikipedia:  Mother-in-Law's Tongue


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