Snake Plant

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

Why we love Mikey

An ideal plant for your desk or shelf, Mikey is a cute, low-effort plant. He enjoys any light level and needs very little water.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

His leaves can get dusty, which isn’t good for his health. Give him a gentle clean when needed.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Sansevieria trifasciata


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

Plant type

Evergreen perennial, indoor

Air purifying


Plant height (including pot)


Pet/baby safe

Mildly toxic if ingested

Nursery pot size


About snake plants

This is a smaller cousin to our other snake plants, Zey and Susie

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 also benefit from a monthly feed with liquid fertiliser in spring and summer.

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.

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.