Snake Plant

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

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

There’s really not a lot of extra care you can give her, though an occasional wipe with a damp cloth will keep her pores dust-free and healthy.

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)

20-40cm; 50-60cm; 70-80cm; 100-120cm

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.