Zeylanica Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue


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Zeylanica Snake Plant, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue – Sanseveria

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Description

Snake Plants, Sansevierias, or as they are commonly called Mother-in-law’s Tongue have a rich history of folklore and new science. These plants have a rich history of cultivation. In China, it was kept as a treasured houseplant because the Eight Gods bestowed their eight virtues on those who grew them. These virtues include long life, prosperity, intelligence, beauty, art, poetry, health and strength.

The plants were kept near the entrances inside the home so that the eight virtues could pass through in a manner pre-Feng Shui. These plants also were placed in fine restaurants, herbalists, acupuncturists, doctor’s offices, accountant’s offices, banks, shrines, monastaries, and even in rice paddies. Sansevierias were grown and cherished well before the Chinese ti plant (Dracaena spp.) also known as the Good Luck Bamboo! The sansevieria is also referred to as a dragon for its many unique qualities.

As with many Asian martial arts techniques, the strength comes from within. The sansevieria has been known to split large earthen pots upon reaching larger sizes. The Chinese have usually kept this plant potted in a pot within a ceramic pot often ornated with dragons and phoenixes. The attraction of this plant towards dragons is said to be magnetic.

An interesting research program has been done by NASA using a few selected plants (one is Sansevieria) for air purification and to curb “Sick Building Syndrome.” Growing the Snake Plant is easy. It will thrive in very bright light to almost dark corners of the house. Just water when the soil is dry.

  • Commonly called Snake Plants or Mother-in-law’s Tongue
  • Zeylanica Snake Plant, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue – Sanseveria
  • In China, it was kept as a treasured houseplant because the Eight Gods bestowed their eight virtues on those who grew them
  • Extremely hardy house plant
  • Will grow in dim light, water when dry

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should you water a snake plant?

Water when the soil gets dry, which is roughly once a week.

How tall does a Zeylanica Snake Plant get?

They are slow growers but can get up to 3 fet tall!

Can a Zeylanica Snake Plant be grown outside?

US Hardiness Grow Zone Map

They need warm weather year round. They can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Grow Zones 9 through 12.

 


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