Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii, commonly known as the snake plant, is one of the most popular and hardy species of houseplants. The snake plant goes by another common name, mother-in-law’s tongue, which is likely an offensive comparison between its sharp leaf shape and having a sharp tongue. The plant features stiff leaves that range from 6 inches to 8 feet tall, depending on the variety. Snake plants vary in color but usually have green banded leaves and commonly feature a yellow border.
These plants are easy to grow and nearly indestructible; they will thrive in either very bright light or almost dark corners of the house. They generally grow slowly in indoor light but a few hours of direct morning sun will boost their growth. Sansevieria prefers warm conditions and will suffer if exposed to temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If repotting, do so in the spring. To propagate this plant, it must be divided rather than propagated from leaf cuttings. Sansevieria plants prefer a loose, well-drained potting mix. This plant will do well in sandier soils.
Snake plant has a demonstrated ability to remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air.