So… what in the world is a snake plant? If your curiosity has brought you here, read on because this is a plant you won’t want to miss. There is so much to love about this one. In this article, we will focus on a few key features of the snake plant, other names you may know it by, and why it’s a valuable addition to your home collection. Lets dive in. 🙂
What Other Names Are They Called?
The snake plant’s scientific name is Sansevieria trifasciata. Quite a mouthful. I’ll give you a moment to keep trying to pronounce it. Funny how we do that, isn’t it? Moving along to other common names that are a bit easier to say, whew… Perhaps you have heard this called “mother-in-law’s tongue” or “vipers bowstring hemp.” Funny enough, both “mother-in-law’s tongue” and the “snake plant” names come from the sharp margins of its leaves and the overall shape. The shape, colors and overall aesthetics of these leaves are very unordinary. One fact that a lot of people don’t know is that it’s a source of plant fibers that make bowstrings, resulting in the other common name for this plant, “Vipers Bowstring Hemp.”
What kind of light do they need?
These guys are very adaptable. It’s one of the many reasons they have gained in popularity over the years. They thrive the best with indirect sunlight, but they will tolerate lower light conditions. Full sun is not really recommended but they can be adapted to handle even those conditions if done properly. They do grow more quickly in 4-6 hours of indirect sunlight per day and will reward you with excellent health. Artificial light is okay.
Do they drown easily?
Lets be honest, some houseplants are just downright tricky to find the perfect balance of water for. The snake plant is no different. The answer is, yes, they do drown easily. A snake plant will rot rather quickly if over watered. They like to completely dry out before you water again. Some estimates say 2 to 6 weeks between waterings is ideal. However, those estimates will vary based on the temperature, light and humidity conditions of your home. Always check the soil at least 1 inch down with your fingernail to ensure that the soil really is dry and in need of a drink. These plants can stand a bit of neglect before they can handle being loved too much with H20.
Will I breathe cleaner air with these?
Oh yes! Very much so. In fact, “snake plants” were rated one of the top home detoxifiers by the NASA Clean Air Study, reported to remove 4 out of 5 major toxins from the air you breathe! How amazing is that? As the saying goes, you can breathe much easier with this friend in your space.
Will they harm my 4-legged kids?
According to ASPCA, this plant is considered toxic to both cats and dogs. If your precious lil’ one is prone to eating you out of house and home, they may experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Much To Love About Sansevieria trifasciata
As you can see, there is so much to love about this plant, no matter which name you refer to it as. It will adapt to your unique light conditions, is okay with artifical lighting in offices, doesn’t mind being “neglected” for a few weeks with the watering schedule which is good for your vacation time, and it’s at the top of NASA’s plant list for air purification. Do keep your 4-legged kids in mind though as these can cause a very unhappy tummy for them if eaten.
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If you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!