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Dracaena trifasciata (earlier Sansevieria trifasciata), commonly known as Mother-in-Law's Tongue or Snake plant, are a popular, hardy plant that can potentially withstand weeks of neglect while still maintaining their attractive-looking foliage. Their leaves are sturdy and dark green in color, often showing lighter-colored yellow banding.
They are one of NASA's favorite plants since they remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air.
They can grow very tall - up to 8 feet (around 2 and a half meters), making them an impressive and low-maintenance home decor piece. As well as looking great, they help cleanse the air of pollutants.
The most important thing to bear in mind when it comes to Snake plants is not to overwater them. These plants prefer to dry out between waterings and can cope much better with infrequent watering than excessive watering. If your Snake plant gets too much water, it can develop root rot, which can be fatal. For this reason, it's also a good idea to plant your Snake plant in well-draining soil in a pot with drainage holes through which excess water can escape.
They can tolerate a variety of light conditions, but will grow more slowly in darker spots.
Snake plants are toxic to humans and animals, so keep them out of reach of curious pets or children!
These plants are commonly known as Mother-in-Law's Tongue due to their sharp, blade-like leaves. It is also sometimes referred to as Viper's Bowstring Hemp, as it can produce a strong plant fiber that has historically been used to create rope, cloth and, of course, bowstrings.
There are actually around 70 different types of Snake plant, although they typically look quite similar to each other.
Some believe that these plants are lucky, and they were highly prized in Chinese households as it was thought that the Eight Immortal Gods would bestow their virtues onto those who owned a Snake plant. These virtues are beauty, intelligence, prosperity, long life, health, art, strength, and poetry.
It is also a misconception that Snake plants attract snakes. The name comes from the appearance of its leaves, so you don't need to worry about uninvited reptile visitors!