September is Houseplant Month
close up of a Snake Plant

This Week: Snake Plants

If a prize were being given out for the most tolerant plant, Sansevieria or the Snake Plant would certainly be one of the winners. Snake plant care is very straightforward. These plants can be neglected for weeks at a time; yet with their strappy leaves and architectural shape, they still look fresh. Put them in indirect sunlight and don’t water them too much, especially during the winter. In fact, it’s better to let these plants dry out some between waterings. The most important thing to remember is that they require a free draining soil so their roots remain dry.

There are around 70 different species of snake plant, all native to tropical and sub-tropical regions of Europe, Africa, and Asia. They are all evergreen and can grow anywhere from 8 inches to 12 feet high. Other common names include mother-in-law’s tongue, devil’s tongue, or snake tongue. Additionally, they can survive low light levels, drought and have few insect problems. Snake plants are able to help keep the air inside your home clean by removing toxins. In short, they are the perfect houseplants.

  • Assorted colors of thick textured foliage
  • The leaves store water
  • Low light needs
  • Low water needs
  • Great houseplant for a dark corner or office where a light source is a challenge.