Height: Up to four feet. I have a 12" pot of this in a northeast window. Salmia spicata Cav. On Jul 3, 2010, Peggy1155 from Fairless Hills, PA wrote: I think there is a lot of confusion here between the snake plant, called Mother-In-Law's Tongue and the plant called Mother-In-Law Plant (Dieffenbachia) - they are not related at all and are totally different. or high light. within a year and half in florida, all of my houseplant snakeplants died. I noticed all the people asking were just younger (born 1980ish and after). The rhizome is eaten by mole rats. & Schult. It can't spread because it is surrounded by concrete. I pulled it all out three months ago and it is now back and looks as though it has spread even further. University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg. Sansevieria trifasciata var. Leaves are attractively coloured. ... Sansevieria cylindrica . I tried to extract fiber from leaves that broke off while dividing a large specimen. On Feb 4, 2005, gretaduck from Pittsboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote: I enjoyed reading all the comments above! They will be low care for the birdbath owner and our cold winters will help control it. Sansevieria Hyacinthoides is a flowering succulent that is used as an ornamental plant. Thanks for your help. Also I have had cats as long as I've had it, and no bad experiences for it or the cats, although it IS on the top level of a wrought iron plant shelf. The only problem, and it;s a big one, is that it IS indeed poisonous to cats and dogs. M.S. Will send photos when it blooms. zeylanica L. Sansevieria jacquinii N.E.Br. Central, South Invasive (No Uses) Assessment Status: Complete. I will have to try to coax it to bloom again! I inherited one from a neighbor who passed away here in south central texas and it was in a HUGE pot, too heavy for me to move. God knows I have enough plants but I hate losing these monstrous plants with such meaningful historic beginnings.... ;(. Leaves: The long, linear leaves are usually green with contrasting darker green stripes but may have yellow and/or white stripes along the edges or may have yellow cross bands. Sansevieria angustiflora Lindb. Click here to register. We had cats at home and I've always had at least one cat as an adult and never experienced any problems. They are all growing fast! The plant is a single stalk like stem and the leaves are triangular shaped with jagged edges and almost the texture of a succulent. In some cultures it is used as a protective charm. Golden Hahnii is a heavily variegated yellow and green form. Another point: don't put these in plastic containers-- the roots will eventually warp the post into an oval, and crack most plastics. Name . I was so surprised when it bloomed once, about 5 years ago. I have a little tale about this poor thing. Lately it's been looking sick and losing a lot of leaves. – sansevieria : Species: Sansevieria hyacinthoides (L.) Druce – iguanatail, bowstring hemp On Apr 24, 2002, Dinu from Mysore,India (Zone 10a) wrote: Plants that grow from leaf cuttings will not have the yellow stripes. Needless to say, I rescued it, have divided it many times with great success, passed it's babies all over, and it graced me with beautiful white flowers this summer for the first time. It also occurs on wooded stream banks and  in kloofs. i rarely watered it and it was in a shady area inside of the house. They smelled so good and were so dainty for such a tough looking plant. Water only sparingly during winter months to prevent rot, otherwise when the soil becomes dry. Visitors comment about it's "intersting leaves, size and age (52)". Does well in both locations. If someone starts out with a wee pup, they'll stay a convenient size for many years. Grows in dense thickets and chokes out native species of plants, also displaces native animals & insects through habitat loss. Also, one called Sansevieria Manolin is very different looking too. The Board of Trustees of … The Sansevieria (aka Snake Plant, Mother-in-Laws-Tongue) is named for the chevrons/cross-banded patterns on its sword like leaves. This plant is DEADLY to cats if they chew on any part of it! Species range from micro-organisms and invertebrates to fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and plants. Login to add your Comment I have given it no care in the past 20 years. Its extremely weedy outdoors in zones 9 to 11 and southward! Sanseverinia thyrsiflora Petagna. . Survived the severe frost we had in early 2007 when temps got down as low as 19 degrees. It's been repotted 3 times since each time sharing it with friends and family. According to Catálogo de Plantas y Líquenes de Colombia under the synonym Sansevieria hyacinthoides I won't let mine flower now. Common Names. Now they are kept in their pots sideways under the work tables all winter long until the night temps level off at 60*. The genus Sansevieria was named after Pietro Sanseverino, Prince of Bisignano, in whose garden near Naples the plant was found growing. Fabian, A. On Feb 11, 2012, mgosz58 from Milwaukee, WI wrote: I live in Wisconsin. It is rather obnoxious. In any case, if you are trying to get one to bloom, you might try letting it get root bound and then experimenting with different watering cycles. On Feb 18, 2019, dylanjgregory from Salt Lake City, UT wrote: This is an awesome plant hard to kill. The plant is about 4 feet tall and flowers every year. It is VERY hardy, you just can't kill it, but it can become a problem if you don't stay on top of just where you want it to be. I suppose if a cat were out to eat an entire Sansevieria it would indeed become quite ill, but the toxicity of these plants is extremely low. Apparently, it came in a basket to welcome his little brother into the world. On Jun 19, 2004, MrRedwood from San Francisco, CA (Zone 10b) wrote: Sansevieria is commonly seen as a plant in offices, even fast food restaurants, since it seems almost impossible to kill. The Swedish naturalist C.P. It is easily propagated from seeds, cuttings or by division of large clumps. This plant has no children. As for the Mother-in-Law's Tongue, I've had one indoors in my office with no windows and only fluorescent light during office hours for several years. I planted a small plant and it has taken over the backyard and now going into the neighbor's yard, causing lots of issues. ... Kuntze Aletris guineensis (L.) Jacq. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Anyway, if you love it, grow it but keep it contained and away from pets trapped inside -- they lack common sense where eating plants is concerned. I find a variety named Silver Hahnii to be supremely elegant looking. This plant also reminds people of a used car lots 1970’s/early 80’s office (the bad 70’s paneling and all that). it was given to me as a gift before i became a consiensous gardener and was totally neglected, yet continued to thrive. It has a place of prominence on the floor in our kitchen dinning area (southeast exposure). Sansevieria hyacinthoides Common Names Skoonma-se-tong, aambeiwortel, haasoor (afrikaans) Mother-in-laws Tongue, piles root, bowstring hemp (english) isikholokotho (xhosa) xikwenga (tsonga) Isikwendle, isitokotoko (zulu) I have found the propagation of this plant to be simple. guineensis L. Cordyline guineensis (Willd.) This plant is so very easy to grow a a great first plant for kids. in coastal southern california, i had many in the house, and they thrived. I've had them, and you need to be very careful with them, as they spread and multiply very quickly. It looks more like a variegated pond iris than a snake plant (different). Blooms only in Summer. Pl. S. Sansevieria hyacinthoides; Media in category "Sansevieria hyacinthoides" The following 27 files are in this category, out of 27 total. Common names: mother-in-law’s tongue, piles root, bowstring hemp (Eng. On Sep 16, 2007, Geneseeglass from Royal Oak, MI wrote: I have had this plant for13 years, and my hubby's mother for 25 or so before that. It is a stemless evergreen perennial that, with proper care, will last for many years. Pleomele aloifolia Salisb. On Dec 6, 2008, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote: I noticed a note below that Sansevierias will kill cats if eaten by them. On Aug 29, 2004, BingsBell from SC, MT (Zone 5a) wrote: As a no-brainer house plant, it is great. In Japan this plant is called 'Tigers Tail,(とらのお)'. I can't wait to get another bloom! Click below on a thumbnail map or name for species profiles. Requires little light, little water and don't re-pot it until it literally breaks the pot it is in. My coworker has one for over 25 years. Joffe, P.1993. On Jul 23, 2014, dvcmck from white oak, PA (Zone 6b) wrote: Have several cultivars of trifasciata and have grown them all for years. For many years I myself hated the look of this plant (I’m born in 1974). Origin. Sansevieria cylindrica Bojer ex Hook. Please don't plant in south Florida! On Jul 14, 2004, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote: I don't know about snake plants being poisonous to housecats, but I know my housecat was poisonous to my snake plants. Aloe hyacinthoides L., Sp. Just plain old boring... North Caution. Never seen it before. Ironically, this plant can have a futuristic look. The leaf margins are a fine, dark green or marginated. Native to the drier areas of Sri Lanka. Snake plant is a "nostalgia" plant for me...got my first start from my mother YEARS ago....like someone else I've only experienced one blooming in my lifetime. On Sep 22, 2008, plantladylin from (Zone 1) wrote: Although not a favorite of mine, I have a few in containers. DO NOT plant it outdoors... It has survived extensive freezes with a fabric cover, but suffers damage. It is in sandy soil with dappled shade in the morning. I think they are the easiest of houseplants. Growth Habit. That spring, after no water the whole fall and winter, they were in there just blooming up a storm. My mother recently gave me a "baby" from a plant that someone gave her. I have a problem with the leaves flopping over, and I have to put it up against the wall for the leaves to lean against. I have had cats all of my life (I'm 54) and snake plants all of my life - none of my cats have ever been interested in the snake ... read moreplants at all. Sansevieria hyacinthoides (L.) Druce; Preferred Common Name. On Feb 20, 2010, gray_53 from Mcdonough, GA wrote: I'm trying one with hydroculture (sans pebbles). The leaves and roots of this plant make traditional herbal medicines for treating ear infections, hemorrhoids and skin ulcers. Hence, instead of Sanseverinia, the genus got its current name. & Germishuizen, G. 1997. Assessment Status: Complete. On Oct 29, 2007, Deb3 from Granite City, IL wrote: My friend gave me a Snake Plant about 3 years ago. On Jul 8, 2012, Harmicky from (Zone 9b) wrote: I'd like to point out an error in several members' comments on this species. Text, images and maps give biological, ecological and geographical information. They smelled so good and were so dainty for such a tough looking plant. Have not had problems with kitty getting sick. On Aug 7, 2011, kennedys from Jupiter, FL wrote: This plant is extremely invasive in Jupiter, FL. I believe my cat chewed on the tip of a leaf of this plant this morning -- she threw up twice, crouched down and started panting and sighing. NY designers advised they were struck by the number of new varieties available. I moved into a property where mother-in-law's tongue was either planted or volunteered. More like a funeral parlour! Mine blooms every year but it isn't a sweet scent. They thrive well indoors and much info is available about them on the internet and this website is great too. perhaps it was the air conditioning, or something else? Sansevieria trifasciata Prain, 1903; Preferred Common Name. Does anyone think that I should add anything to the soil after all these years or have any other suggestions? On Sep 27, 2003, amorning1 from Islamorada, FL wrote: On Apr 12, 2003, gaelen38 from Zephyrhills, FL wrote: I have heard the reason this plant is called "Mother In Law's Tongue is because of the properties of the liquid this plant contains. My husband gave dumb-cane as a house-warming gift to our friends. They have no experience/prejudice with this plant at all. Britton; Sansevieria angustiflora Lindb. It may be better suited as a potted plant, so it won't spread to areas you don't want it. Retief, E. & Herman, P.P.J. On Jan 24, 2004, maisoui11 from Modesto, CA wrote: i have had a large one in a pot on my screened-in patio in orlando, florida, for about 2 and a half years. On Jan 2, 2009, steadycam3 from Houston Heights, TX (Zone 9a) wrote: I have had this plant off and on for 40 years and most of that time I had cats. My cat has really shown an interest in this plant, and will not be taking any chances on it. ); skoonma-se-tong, aambeiwortel, haasoor (Afr. Any info on this subject would be appreciated as I have a cat who will take a bite or two out of my aloe vera from time to time and this plant is so much like an aloe . 2: 159. Maybe it is too overcrowded? The leaves have an elegant simplicity and delicate graceful curve. ... read morer /> The leaves are very attractive although I have heard about them being poisenous to cats. I've had many over the years. On Dec 25, 2005, vossner from East Texas,United States (Zone 8a) wrote: Was not aware this plant was toxic to cats. Acyntha guineensis (L.) Medik. I think I dug it up out of the yard of our first house. I am laborously digging out each root (which has run under other plant roots) and putting in a garbage bag to dispose. guineensis L. Aloe guineensis L. Aloe hyacinthoides L. Aloe hyacinthoides var. The leaves are a silver-green suffused with faint green bands. On Jan 19, 2007, Japan_Grandma from Yukon, OK wrote: I have had my Mother-in-Law's tongue for at least 20 years, maybe as long as 30. But it came back rapidly. Sansevieria laurentii ; Sansevieria laurentis De Wild. It's out next to another HUGE Euphorbia (stick plant). On Jun 9, 2012, MonicaBrooke from Laurel, MT wrote: I love, love this plant I got my first one 12 years ago when it was maybe 6" tall it is now almost 5 1/2' feet tall. That is according to the ASPCA. I also have a mother-in-laws tougue which to me looks like a miniture version of this plant. The roots are long, horizontal carrot like shoots that start a new plant wherever they get broken. [[email protected]]. Forb/Herb, Subshrub Origin. They make an interesting houseplant. Subordinate Taxa. Maybe the high heat and low humidity and rain fall summers keep it in check here in the growing season. My husband's landlord gave it to him because he had about killed it. Also, they almost seem to be growing to high in the soil. ... read moreDebbie. The giant sansevieria has 2 or 3 leaves, ± 1 m high, pale green with white markings and deeply channelled. It broke a plastic pot maybe 7 or 8 years ago and I repotted it in a larger ceramic pot. Plants of the northern provinces of South Africa: keys and diagnostic characters. Common Names. We've always had cats and occaisionally a dog none showed interest in the plant. On Dec 31, 2005, MerryMary from Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL (Zone 9b) wrote: It grows very well here in zone 9b outdoors, not bothered much by the occasional frosts, but you must keep it in check, or it can take over a small area quickly. I put straight liquid brush killer on it and it did nothing. Their toddler ended up in the hospital after eating on a leaf. i have never seen a pot that was destroyed by sansevieria. She has several that are decades old, grown in pots indoors. N.E.Br. Appreciate it for its independence...little light, little watering required. Does someone have more information than what was previously posted. On Feb 25, 2007, minnewyork from Larchmont, NY wrote: I've had the same snake plant in the same (small) metal pot for 35 years. Hasn't moved all morning. At Epcot, this plant is, or was, along the entry to the undersea ride, and made quite a nice show there looking somewhat like seaweed and all. Wild flowers of northern South Africa. Tafelberg Publishers, Cape Town. Sansevieria hyacinthoides Druce, 1914 Synonyms . However, because of linguistic problems, Thumberg erroneously named it Sansevieria, after Raimondo di Sangro, prince of Sanseviero, who was a military man and an inventor, and had nothing to do with plants. Our material belongs to var. It will live happily in an office with no windows. Comments: The genus Sansevieria was named after Pietro Sanseverino, Prince of Bisignano, in whose garden near Naples the plant was found growing. Aletris guineensis (L.) Jacq; Aletris hyacinthoides var. Cordyline hyacinthoides (L.) W.Wight. : 321 (1753). Rhizomes and leaves of Sansevieria hyacinthoides are used medicinally. Some damage was sustained, but it was easily cut out and has re-grown back. Sadly, I couldn't bear the smell so cut all the flowers off. Physical Characteristics. On Sep 13, 2008, motherinlaw from Fort Smith, AR wrote: Perhaps there is some confusion with sansevieria, and diffenbachia (also called dumb-cane), which can paralize the vocal cords. I would urge anyone in a subtropical climate - other then Nigeria where this plant is native - to NOT plant it, at least not outdoors where it can take over everything and spread into your neighbors' yards. Never could figure out how he did it, and it took him almost a year to kill all of them, but there was no mistaking the odor of cat pee on the plants. I had a pot of these in my unheated greenhouse when the temps in there went down to 25F. 1799, nom. On Jul 19, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote: We have had this plant for 30 years. Sansevieria hyacinthoides is a robust, evergreen, perennial herb, up to 600 mm high. Sansevieria angustifolia Baker. I do have 2 cats but they never bother these plants. Red list of South African plants. i have only seen a flowering sansevieria plant once in my lifetime. MothogoaneNational Herbarium, PretoriaJanuary 2015, Plant Type: Ground Cover, Perennial, Succulent, SA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Flowering season: Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer, Autumn, Aspect: Full Sun, Morning Sun (Semi Shade), Afternoon Sun (Semi Shade). On Jul 22, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote: Snake Plant, Bowstring Hemp, or Mother-In-Laws Tongue is a great houseplant native to Africa. it didn't grow much during that time, but it didn't die either. It can be found growing in disturbed hammock areas. I'm thinking of adding an intermediate layer, but not sure what. I decided to plant some in an area where my sprinkler pump sits. My mom said that when she first saw the plant it had beautiful purple flowers on it. Another interesting snake plant is called Bantel's Sensation after its discoverer, Gustav Bantel. Links. now it is in a sunny west window and is watered once a month. I've also seen it growing in huge concrete urns in the Bahamas (direct tropical sun, 110°F, salt spray & hurricanes). The fruit is an orange berry, ± 8 mm in diameter. Van Wyk, B.-E., Van Oudtshoorn, B. Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law's Tongue, Mother-in-Law's Nose, Saint George's Sword, African Bowstring Hemp. The snake plant on the other hand has very straight, stiff, hard long spike type leaves that grow straight upwards. She didn't want her breakfast. . On Jan 28, 2011, annlof from Camarillo, CA wrote: In my coastal Southern California garden, this plant survives on rainfall alone (usually only 13-15 in. 141 members have or want this plant for trade. It has been remarkably tolerant -- drought conditions, heat, cold, freezing weather -- but, I have only seen it bloom one time...and it was wonderfully fragrant! Common names: mother-in-law’s tongue, piles root, bowstring hemp (Eng. They take over a large area over time and may disrupt vegetation (on Florida EPPC Plant List Two). There is a substantial difference between Sansevieria trifasciata and Sansevieria hyacinthoides. U.S. Weed Information. I received one leaf of this in a flower arrangement 4 or 5 years ago, and I let the flowers sit in a vase too long... when I finally went to throw out the old flowers, the mother in law's tongue cutting had lots of roots! It was about 1-1/2 to 2 feet tall when she gave it to me and it is now over 3 ft tall. Raimondo, D. et al. t only gets outside in the summer because I live in Michigan, but I was so thrilled with the flowers. Its scented flowers also attract insects and birds to your garden. Scientific Name: Sansevieria hyacinthoides. Fernwood Press, Vlaeberg. She said their native habitat is small coastal islands, and they spread until they have filled the island, then they bloom so they can produce seeds to spread to another island. I yield to the generations of cultural knowledge of dealing with these hardy succulents. In any case, if you are trying to get one to bloom, you might try letting it get root bound and then experimenting with different watering cycles. Extremely low maintenance. The fibre can also be used to make string. They like to be crowded, like subway riders in Tokyo, crammed into the pots. Sansevieria fulvocincta Haw. It is naturally found in sand forest of northern Kwa Zulu–Natal extending to tropical Africa. It can be mass planted between the rocks in a rockery, or as hardy ground cover. I was told that this plant only bloomed once every 10 year, or is it that it will bloom once it's 10 year old. It prefers sun or partial shade, in any soil type with added compost. Zulu medicinal plants: an inventory. On Sep 27, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,Brazil (Zone 11) wrote: Out of curiosity, this plant is used for ritualistic purposes by followers of the Umbanda (an african cult with catholic influences), along with another plant called "Guiné" or "Guinea" (genus Petiveria, family Phytolacaceae). My cat killed half a dozen of these very vigorous potted plants by systematically peeing on them even though the pots were packed so tightly there was no room for him to stand in the pot.