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Sansevieria trifasciata - Mother-in-law's tongue (Futura Superba)
Sansevieria trifasciata - Mother-in-law's tongue (Futura Superba)
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Sansevieria trifasciata - Mother-in-law's tongue (Futura Superba)

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The Mother-in-Law's Tongue (also known as the snake plant) is a herbaceous, evergreen, mildly toxic flowering plant that is native to Africa and Asia. People mostly use it as an ornamental plant. It thrives well in small pots. This is because in a small space, its rhizomes are crowded and this enables it to grow faster. It's well known for its capacity to purify the air by converting harmful substances into harmless ones.

If growing this Sansevieria indoors, you’ll need a strong pot – a clay pot, for example. this ensures that the roots don’t break it as they grow. It should be wide but not tall, due to the plant’s shallow rooting system and should be perforated for proper drainage. The soil should also be well drained to avoid waterlogging since too much water can rot the plant.

Snake plants require maximum indirect sunlight. You should also keep the plant away from drafts, high winds, and extreme temperatures. They do well with minimal watering, and whilst the soil can be kept dry or slightly moist, don't let it stay wet.

This variety of Mother-in-law's Tongue is a dark green in colour with a border of yellow surrounding the edges of the leaves - resembling a Laurentii, however shorter and growing slightly out from each growth point, instead of straight. The leaves may be consistent green or have some patterning when larger with the gold border brightest when the plant gets adequate light. Each plant stands at between 20-40cm in height and come in a 100mm pot with one to two growth points.

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