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Snake Plant, Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Sansevieria trifasciata
Interior Succulents

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Sansevieria trifasciata

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Sansevieria trifasciata Plant Information

Scientific Name: Sansevieria trifasciata
Common Name: snake plant

mother-in-law's tongue
Family: Agavaceae
Suggested Uses: interior medium foliage floor plant, perennials
Plant Form: upright
Height: 3 - 5 feet
Spread: 2 feet
Foliage: rosette of linear leaves which stand erect from the soil

leaves are leathery and stiff, often with variegation
Flower: white flowers are not the primary ornamental value
Light Requirement: low exposure
Water: low water requirement

Soil: adaptable

tolerates salt
Heat Tolerance: medium heat tolerance

low cold tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 10 - 11
Native Range: South Africa
Maintenance: durable houseplant

allow soil to dry between waterings
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to root rot, crown rot, and spidermites

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