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Home and Garden - Snake Plant AKA Mother-In-Law's Tongue

I have a new favorite plant and I am on a quest to add each variation to my balcony garden. The species is commonly known as the Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law's Tongue or if you speak Latin Sanseivieria trifasciata.  [caption id="attachment_1507" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Snake Plant Cylinderica Spear Snake Plant[/caption] The plant is an evergreen perennial plant that typically grows in a dense stands. This no fuss, succulent with thin upright leaves that resemble the skin of a reptile is native to tropical West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo. In Africa, the plant is used as a protective charm against evil or bewitchment. [caption id="attachment_1503" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Snake Plant Robista Snake Plant[/caption] The Snake plant  is a low-maintenance plant that will do well in bright, indirect or even low-light environments. They like to be pot-bound, and are difficult to kill (score!) Water them every 1 to 2 weeks, allow soil to dry out completely between waterings. They  dislike Over-watering, cold temperatures and drafts. Are you a forgetful or busy plant owner like myself? Its adaptations for surviving drought make it a suitable plant choice for you! and will work well in most living space, for example a bedroom or family room. These plants will  tolerate low and artificial light, making them great for dim spaces like first-floor apartments and office cubicles. [caption id="attachment_1508" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Snake plant Birds's nest snake Plant[/caption] The Mother-in-law's tongue plant (so called because of the sharp pointy leaves) is recommended for improving air quality, it has one of the highest conversion rates of carbon dioxide to oxygen. You need 6 to 8 waist high plants per person to completely clean the air. (note to self - get more snake plants) [caption id="attachment_1505" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Check out the smoking hot pot! Check out the smoking hot pot![/caption] The Snake Plant have a low-toxicity level, making them less harmful to your household pets than other common houseplant. Plus, they can take some serious abuse. I'm talking getting knocked-over-and-detaching-from-its-roots neglect. Simply re-plant them and they will keep thriving.

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