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Product title: Sansevieria

Common Names: Mother-in-law’s tongue, Devil’s tongue, Jinn’s tongue, Bow string hemp, Snake plant, and Snake tongue.

Product title: Sansevieria

Common Names: Mother-in-law’s tongue, Devil’s tongue, Jinn’s tongue, Bow string hemp, Snake plant, and Snake tongue.


  • Succulent leaves 
  • Two main varieties – hard-leaved and soft-leaved species
  • Flowers are usually in greenish white, rose, lilac red, or brown. 
  • The fruit is a red or orange-colored berry
  • These plants are not monocarpic – i.e., though they bloom only once, the plant does die after flowering. It simply ceases to produce new leaves and continues to grow by producing plantlets via its rhizome or stolons.

About the plant: 

Sansevieria is a plant native to Africa (notably Madagascar) and southern Asia. These plants like their desert cousins have succulent leaves to store water. These plants often grow in clumps, spreading from rhizome or stolons. There is a great variation in foliage among the species within this genus with some plants having leaves that are typically arranged in rosette around the growing point to some plants exhibiting phyllotaxis arrangement. There are two distinct varieties of plants within this species – the hard-leaved and soft-leaved sansevierias. The hard-leaved ones typically grow in arid, desert regions while soft-leaved varieties can be seen in tropical and sub-tropical regions. The hard-leaved plants have cylindrical shaped leaves in an attempt to reduce their surface area while their soft-leaved counterparts have shorter, broader, strap-like leaves. The succulent leaves store water while the thick leaf cuticles minimize loss of water.

Product Description: 

  • Sansavieria plant in dimensions Pot. Great for decorating your space!
  • Sansavieria plants come in dimensions pots with our own premium soil blend.
  • Fast shipping anywhere in Coimbatore, usually within 24 hours of ordering. This will ship directly from our greenhouse to your door. Our plants never sit in dark warehouses.
  • Expert packaging and guaranteed live arrival. We also include an extended guarantee for 30 days from delivery!
  • Comes with a FREE color postcard with care instructions/DIY spade.
Common Name  Snake plant, viper’s bowstring hemp, St. George’s sword
Botanical Name  Sansevieria trifasciata
Plant Type  Evergreen, perennial
Maximum growth  


Upto 2 ft in height
Light  Six inches to 8 feet tall
Soil pH  Slightly acidic to slightly alkaline
Soil Type  Sandy, well-drained
Watering frequency 
Bloom time  Spring (blooms are rare)
Flower Color  White
Toxicity  Toxic to cats and dogs
Difficulty level  Easy
Benefits  Ornamental, traditional and medicinal


Light :

Sansavieria can be grown any place where there is adequate sunlight. Being a beginner’s dream, this plant is very difficult to kill. It thrives in warm conditions and struggles only in cold conditions.

Water :

This plant requires very little water. It is sufficient if you water it once a week during summer and once a fortnight in winters. 

Soil :

Well-drained soil as soil that retains water promotes the roots to rot. 


Pruning the plant regularly encourages growth


 Via root division:

  1. Gather a sharp knife, a clean pot, and cactus potting soil.
  2. Pull the root ball out of the old pot and gently brush away the soil from the root structure or rhizome.
  3. Using the sharp knife, divide the plant into sections, making sure the roots for each section remain intact. Cutting through the plant will not kill the plant.
  4. Replant the new snake plant sections into a clean pot with cactus potting soil.

Propagate new offshoots:

  1. If you notice any new pups or baby offshoots that the plant has developed, you can plant those separately.
  2. Pull the root ball out of the pot, locate the offshoot’s root, cut off the pup and plant the cut root end in the cactus potting soil.

Leaf-cutting propagation:

  1. Using sterilized scissors, a sharp knife, or pruning shears, slice off a long, healthy leaf from your snake plant.
  2. Root the leaf cutting in water by placing it in a clean jar of water, submerging the cut end. Place it in a partially sunny spot and look for root growth.
  3. Every few days, top off the water, keeping it level. Every two weeks, dump the old water and refill with clean water to inhibit bacterial or algae growth.
  4. Once roots develop at least an inch long, plant the root end in a well-draining cactus potting mix.

Propagation using seeds

Snake plants can be grown from seeds as you do with other normal plants, but it’s easier, quicker, and more reliable to propagate by the above-mentioned methods. Snake plant seeds tend to have low germination rates and can take between three to six weeks before you see a seedling.

Whatever be the type of propagation, place water the new plant and place it in a partially sunny spot or in a place with indirect bright light.


Traditional Uses:

In Africa, the leaves of some of this species have been used to produce fibres.

Medicinal Uses:

Again, a few species of this plant have sap that possess antiseptic qualities. In ancient times, these leaves were used as bandages during first aid.

As per the results of NASA Clean Air Study, some species of Sansavieria are capable of purifying the air by removing pollutants such as formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. 

Ornamental uses:

As this plant looks pretty, it has been used extensively in Hollywood films and TV shows. 

In Korea, potted sansavieria are often given as gifts during auspicious events. 

In Barbados, sansavieria is also known as ‘money plant’ as they believe that a person having with plant will always have money or wealth in abundance. 

In China, practitioners of Feng Shui encourage people to place this plant near toilets as this plant can counter drain-down vibrations.