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Mother in Laws Tongue

Sansevieria spp.

Also known as

Mother-In-Law's Tongue, Devil's Tongue, Jinn's Tongue, Bowstring Hemp, Snake Plant, Snake Tongue, Skoonma Se Tong (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A green Sansevieria plant in a white pot
A green Sansevieria plant with some yellow white flowers
A close up of a green Sansevieria plant with cylindrical leaves

Mother in Laws Tongue Overview

Sansevieria was a genus containing around 61 evergreen species in the Asparagaceae family, grown for their stiff and upright leaves. These plants have been reclassified and are now considered part of the genus Dracaena. Many species are commonly known as Snake Plant, Mother in Laws Tongue or Mother-In-Law's Tongue. These succulent perennial plants are often grown indoors as houseplants, favoured for their tolerance of neglectful watering and low-lighting. They can also be grown as spectacular specimen plants for desert gardens in warmer climates that do not experience freezing temperatures. Flowering is rare in cultivation, but when they appear, flowers are star-shaped and white in colour. There is great variation within this genus, with plants ranging from succulent desert species to thinner-leaved tropical plants. Most species are stemless, xerophytic (requiring little water) and rhizomatous.

Common problems with Mother in Laws Tongue

How to propagate Mother in Laws Tongue


Divide clumps in spring.


Remove suckers in spring and replant immediately.


Root leaf cuttings with bottom heat during summer. Cuttings from variegated cultivars will lack the same variegation patterns, if grown from leaf cuttings.

Special features of Mother in Laws Tongue

Pot plant

Plant in 2 parts loam based compost and 1 part course grit, water moderately, decreasing water in winter when growth slows down.

Indoor plant

Grow indoors in bright filtered light to indirect light.

Attractive leaves

Drought resistant

Can tolerate long periods of drought.


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