Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, Bowstring Hemp, Snake Plant)
(Liliaceae) origin: Congo
An extremely popular plant with stiff, upright, sword-shaped leaves, which have irregular horizontal bands of dark green and grey-green and a clearly defined yellow margin. They are thick and fleshy and range from 6 in. long in a 3-in. pot to 24 in. long in a 5-in. pot, and from 2 to 3 in. wide.
The rhizomatous roots will persistently throw up side shoots, which may be left to grow in the same pot or cut off with as much root as possible and potted separately. Never remove a side shoot until it is 10 to 12 in. long, and then tie it to a stick for support until rooted in its new pot.
Tolerant of prolonged periods of neglect, the plant is happy in a sunny or a shaded position, and thrives in a hot, dry atmosphere. In an average room, it is sufficient to water once a week in the summer and every four weeks in the winter, although in a hot, dry atmosphere more frequent watering is necessary. The only hazard in growing this variety is the rotting of the leaves if the plant is exposed to frost or a combination of very low temperatures and.