Why this plant is called « mother-in-law's tongue » is a wonder.
Common name : Snake plant
Scientific name : Sansevieria trifasciata
Family : Agavaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Sansevieria trifasciata - the snake plant - is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae native to tropical West Africa, most commonly used as an ornamental plant, outdoors in warmer climates, and as a houseplant cooler climates.
It is an evergreen perennial forming dense stands, spreading by way of its creeping rhizome, with stiff leaves growing vertically from a basal rosette.
Numerous cultivars have been selected, many of them for variegated foliage with yellow or silvery-white stripes on the leaf margins, including 'Compacta', 'Goldiana', 'Hahnii', 'Laurentii', 'Silbersee', and 'Silver Hahnii'.
Sowing & planting
15 - 200
6 - 7
Identify my snake plant
The sansevière is a perennial with rhizomes and thick leaves, it is persistent, in clumps, variegated, marbled or not. There are dwarf and giant species, between 15 and 180 cm, which bloom after several years in fragrant clusters.
Plant my snake plant
African plant, your sansevieria must be planted in pot, and kept inside.
Plant it in a pot or a planter, in a mix composed mainly of compost / potting soil and in a minority of sand that you will spread at the bottom. Place it in non-burning light.
Water my snake plant
The sanseveria does not like humidity, so water once a week in season, and once a month in winter, without wetting foliage.
Take care of my snake plant
In dry weather, do not hesitate to clean the dust on the leaves.
Prune my snake plant
When a leaf turns yellow, which is normal in the life cycle, cut it at the base with a sharp and clean tool.
Repot my snake plant
Every 3 or 4 years, at the end of winter, transplant your plant carefully to a slightly larger pot than it's current, adding a mixture of sand, fibrous compost and clay balls at the bottom.
Propagate my snake plant
Throughout the year, you can pick up the new shoots that grow on the edge of the plant with a clean knife, also taking the roots. Replant and grow in pots as an adult subject.
Put outside my snake plant
Your sansevieria will be delighted to take its summer quarters outdoors as soon as temperatures are mild. Gradually acclimate it to full sun.
Shelter my snake plant
Sanseveria does not tolerate a temperature below 7 ° C, so get it in before the first frost.