Sansevieria zeylanica (mother-in-law s tongue) is a stemless perennial flowering species characterized by its long, sword-shaped succulent leaves, which grow from a rhizomatous rootstock.
The leaves are erect and rigid and grow up to just under a meter tall. The dark-green leaves of bowstring hemp feature beautiful creamy-white wave-like horizontal stripes across their surface along with the pointed tips.
Bowstring hemp is easy-to-grow and displays a slow to moderate growth rate.
The plant needs a moderate amount of bright light for proper growth.
While it can tolerate partial shade, very low light affects the color of the leaves.
For best results, grow it at a location where it receives filtered bright indirect light.
Leaving the plant exposed to intense sunlight may sometimes cause the turn yellow at the edges.
The plant can easily be grown as an indoor plant in front of a north-facing window or any window where it receives bright light.
Like most other types of succulent plants, this plant does not require frequent watering. Water the plant deeply once, until the water starts to drip through the drainage hole in potted plants, and then let the soil get completely dry before watering again.
Make sure to discard the water collected in the saucer underneath the pot and never let the plant stand in water or the soil to get soggy. The plant also cannot tolerate over-watering.
The Snake plant purifies air by absorbing toxins through the leaves and producing pure oxygen. In fact, the Sansevieria is an ideal bedroom plant. Whereas most other plants release carbon dioxide at night (in the absence of photosynthesis), the Sansevieria continues to produce oxygen. This plant is mildly toxic to pets.
Mother-in-law's Tongue / Sanseveria Zeylanica
A single Mother-in-law's Tongue / Sanseveria Zeylanica in a 16.5cm nursery pot.