Snake Plant

Sansevieria; Mother-in-law's tongue; Viper's bowstring hemp

Why we love Susie

High-impact but very low-effort, Susie is the perfect beginner’s plant. She’ll handle neglect, low light or missed watering and just keep on looking fabulous.

Most light conditions
Almost unkillable
The patch promise

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

Quick facts

Botanical name

Sansevieria trifasciata


Snake plant; Mother-in-Law’s tongue; Viper’s bowstring hemp

Plant type

Indoor; evergreen perennial

Air purifying


Plant height (including pot)

20-30cm; 50-60cm; 70-80cm; 100-110cm

Pet/baby safe

Mildly toxic if ingested

Nursery pot size

12cm; 17cm; 23cm; 35cm

About Snake plants

If you’ve never taken care of a plant before and want an easy start, Snake plants are the one for you. You’d have to try pretty hard to actually kill one. They thrive on neglect, responding best to the lightest of watering and then just being left alone. They’re a great bedroom plant as they pull toxins from the air during the day then release oxygen at night.

Low-key as they are, Snake plants have been treasured all over the world. In Nigeria, they’re associated with Ogun, the deity of war. In other parts of Africa, they’re connected to Oya, the bringer of storms. In China, they’re the ‘Tiger’s tail orchid’; in Japan, the ‘Tiger’s tail’; in Brazil, the ‘Sword of Saint George’; in Russia, ‘Pike’s tail’. Basically, this plant is pretty famous.

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.