Sansevieria aka Snake Plants are extremely hardy house plants. They are difficult to kill, will grow in dim light, and just need water only when dry.
Commonly also called Mother-in-law's Tongue or Barbershop Plant.
If you're seeking a no-fuss, beginner friendly houseplant, you're in luck! Snake Plants, or Sansevieria, are very forgiving, and tolerate low to bright indirect light. Pick a spot that stays above 50 degrees, and allow the top few inches of soil to dry out between watering. That's about all that's required to enjoy your Snake Plant's handsome, sword-shaped leaves for years to come! We love this cultivar for it's beautiful marbled pattern.
In China, Snake Plants were kept as a treasured houseplants because the Eight Gods bestowed their eight virtues on those who grew them. These virtues include long life, prosperity, intelligence, beauty, art, poetry, health and strength. The plants were kept near the entrances inside the home so that the eight virtues could pass through in a manner pre-Feng Shui. These plants also were placed in fine restaurants, herbalists, acupuncturists, doctor's offices, accountant's offices, banks, shrines, monastaries, and even in rice paddies.
Sansevierias were grown and cherished well before the Chinese ti plant (Dracaena spp.) also known as the Good Luck Bamboo! The sansevieria is also referred to as a dragon for its many unique qualities. As with many Asian martial arts techniques, the strength comes from within. The sansevieria has been known to split large earthen pots upon reaching larger sizes. The Chinese have usually kept this plant potted in a pot within a ceramic pot often ornated with dragons and phoenixes. The attraction of this plant towards dragons is said to be magnetic. An interesting research program has been done by NASA using a few selected plants (one is Sansevieria) for air purification and to curb "Sick Building Syndrome." Growing the Snake Plant is easy. It will thrive in very bright light to almost dark corners of the house. Just water when the soil is dry.
Snake plants were recently reclassified to Dracaenea genus - we will get used to it soon!
Please note: some scarring may occur on the leaves if plant is gouged.