Sansevieria trifasciata

Common Name : Mother-in-laws Tongue

Plant Description

An easy to grow, hard to kill plant that can also purify the air if kept indoors. It is an architectural looking plant with long, stiff, sword shaped, upright leaves usually green but can be marbled with grey patches or have white, cream and yellow stripes down the middle or edges of its thick stems. It got its common nick name of Mother in laws tongue because of its long, sharp shaped leaves. It is a dense, clumping, evergreen plant native to Africa, that spreads by underground rhizomes. It may flower in Spring by throwing up pale cream flowers

Plant Specifications

  • Plant UsesCan be used as a houseplant, in patios or under verandahs. Looks very effective in a rectangular long planter. Great plant to use in a small, limited space. Popular in Contemporary garden themes.
  • Water RequirementsDo not overwater, only when soil is dry.
  • Plant availabilityAvailable now
  • PositionWill grow in full sun, partial sun or full shade. Very adaptable. Outdoors it likes warm, dry and a frost free climates.
  • Height / Width1 mtr high
  • CareNever fertilise. Can be difficult to eradicate if dumped in wasteland. You can rarely kill it unless you overwater, over fertilise or allow it to freeze! Easy to divide. Keep away from airconditioning or cold drafts in Winter. Doesn't like cold air or frosts.
  • SoilWill not tolerate wet soil and may develop root rot.