plants

Stevie

£18.00

Sansevieria Kirkii

Sansevieria Kirkii 'Friends'

Why we love Stevie

Stevie is a compact, low-maintenance houseplant, ideal for beginners. He’ll happily live in low light and hardly ever needs watering.

Most light conditions
Almost unkillable
The patch promise

Stevie is a superb plant for the bedroom because he stores oxygen during the day, then releases it all at night.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Sansevieria kirkii ‘friends’

Nickname

Snake plant, Mother-in-law’s tongue, Viper’s bowstring hemp

Plant type

Indoor, evergreen perennial

Air purifying

Yes

Plant height (including pot)

40-50cm

Pet/baby safe

Mildly toxic if ingested

Nursery pot size

14cm

About snake plants

The snake plant is made of tough stuff. It grows primarily across Africa, in very dry conditions. It’s used to places so hot that during the day it keeps all its pores completely closed, so it doesn’t lose any water to evaporation. When the temperature cools at night, its pores open, releasing all the oxygen its been holding in. 

Its toughness makes it a dream of a houseplant. If you’re a beginner, this is the one for you. It thrives on neglect. It can live in any light conditions and doesn’t care if you forget to water it. The only thing it hates is too much water. It will appreciate a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer, but that's about as much special attention as it needs.

Low-key as it is, the snake plant is treasured all over the world. Across Africa, it’s associated with Ogun, the deity of war, and Oya, the bringer of storms. In China, it’s the ‘tiger’s tail orchid’; in Brazil, the ‘sword of Saint George’. Basically, this plant is pretty famous.

We have snake plants in all shapes and sizes. Check out Susie, Zey and Mikey

Did you know?

Another nickname for this plant is ‘viper’s bowstring hemp’, because its strong fibres were once used to make strings for bows.