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.
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