Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Sansevieria

Specie: S. trifasciata


English Name:


Common Name:

Snake plant, mother-in-laws tongue, tigers tail, sword of St. George

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Asparagaceae (formerly Ruscaceae)

Name in English: Asparagus Family

The Plant

Origin: Tropical West Africa

Growth Habit: herbaceous perennial, dense, spreading rhizomes.

Flower: greenish white on spikes, not significant

Blooming Period: spring

Leaf: stiff , vertical, from basal rosette, dark green with grey/ green cross banding, elliptical-entire


Ornamental ( warmer climates) houseplant (cooler climates)

Care and Handling

Soil: standard potting soil

Amount of water: allow top inch of soil to dry our before watering, do not water leaves, overwatering causes root rot.

Nutrition: feed monthly with balanced liquid fertilizer, Dilute by 1/2

Special handling: Prefers dry air and soil, bright light to full sun, May cause skin irritation. Keep leaves dust free

Special feature/remarks:

In Africa plant is used as a protective charm against evil and bewitching. Poisonous if ingested. One of best plants to improve indoor air quality. Upward growth used for Feng shui purposes