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Mother-in-Law's Tongue 'Gold Flame'

Dracaena trifasciata 'Gold Flame'

Also known as

Snake Plant 'Gold Flame', Snake Plant 'Golden Flame'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Mother-in-Law's Tongue 'Gold Flame'

Looking down onto the yellow and green upright succulent leaves of Snake Plant 'Gold Flame'
A close up of a pot grown plant of Snake plant 'Gold Flame' showing its yellow and green upright leaves.

Mother-in-Law's Tongue 'Gold Flame' Overview

Dracaena trifasciata 'Gold Flame' is a succulent, evergreen perennial variety in the Asparagaceae family. It is sometimes sold under the older name Sansevieria trifasciata 'Gold Flame' or the cultivar name 'Golden Flame'. It was recently reclassified and is now considered part of the Dracaena genus. This plant is happy wherever. The Snake Plant can handle partial shade and full sun, but it will grow taller the more light it gets. It’s also a succulent in disguise, so only water it little and infrequently. Probably the toughest and most tolerant houseplant you can find, it's virtually indestructible and a great choice for the beginner gardener. Its attractive banded grey-green and yellow leaves don't flop or spread so it's great for tight spaces, or where you want something upright. Commonly known by the names Snake Plant because of the shape of its leaves and Mother-in-Laws Tongue due to the sharpness of the leaves. Leaves grow to between 80-100cm in length and 5-7cm wide, they are dark green with contrasting yellow margins and grey-green cross-banding in the middle. It thrives on neglect and is drought tolerant, disliking excessive watering (drench once a week and allow to dry out between watering's). Short spikes of small fragrant tubular greenish-white flowers can appear in summer. In Haitian Vodou and Yoruba mythology, due to its bladelike shape, it is commonly associated with Ogum, the deity of war (usually associated with Saint George), and is used in rituals to remove the evil eye.

Common problems with Mother-in-Law's Tongue 'Gold Flame'

How to propagate Mother-in-Law's Tongue 'Gold Flame'


You can propagate from leaf cuttings.


Division in spring or summer.

Special features of Mother-in-Law's Tongue 'Gold Flame'

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Other uses of Mother-in-Law's Tongue 'Gold Flame'

Grown for the foliage of stiff, fleshy leaves.