January Plant of the Month: Sanseveria trifasciata or Snake Plant

Moss Greenhouses Plantscaping & Houseplants

The Sanseveria trifasciata, also known as the Snake Plant or Mother-in-law’s tongue, is a great houseplant. It is one of the most carefree ones you can have. Kamal Meattle and the NASA houseplant study identified the sanseveria as the “bedroom plant” because it gives off oxygen at night instead of taking it away like a majority of houseplants do. They are all around a great plant. They are inexpensive. They are easy to care for. And they can adapt to about any home or work place. ¬†This is a great selection for a beginner or a seasoned pro.

snake plant

This plant produces sturdy, sword-shape leaves, which are often edged with yellow or white. A mature plant will sometimes bloom white clusters in the winter but this plant can go many years in between bloom cycles. They like average indoor temperatures and don’t like to go below 60 degrees. If the plant needs to be divided, you want to plan to do so in the spring time. You will use a sharp serrated knife to cut through the roots and they can be thick. This plant can last you 20 years or longer. It is a wonderful addition to any space!