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Mother-in-Law's Tongue - Laurentii

English name:

Mother-in-Law's Tongue - Laurentii

Latin name:

Sansevieria Laurentii

About me:

I have tall, upright leaves with glowing yellow stripes along my middle. I'm also a mighty air purifier and the perfect plant for those with a 'black thumb'.

Useful to know:


Tropical West African Region.


I could grow to be as tall as a meter, but I am quite slow growing.


I am best in moderate to bright, indirect light but I can adapt to low light conditions too, so I'm a good choice if you have a difficult environment.


During spring and summer months, keep my soil moist, but not wet or I'll get root rot! This should be about once every 10-14 days. Over winter, allow it to dry out completely before watering moderately (around once a month or so).


I'm happy anywhere from 15-23°C and can be in temperatures as low as 10°C for short periods.


Apply a weak dose of cactus or general-purpose feed once a month at most during the growing season. Sansevieria are low maintenance plants and do not require a lot of supplementary feeding.


Remove dust by wiping my leaves with a soft, damp cloth.


Don't repot me in anything too big, when I outgrow my current. I thrive — and may even go into bloom — when my roots are crowded.


I can cause stomach upset if eaten by pets or humans, so I'm best kept out of reach.


I may sit quietly for months and years at a time, but then one day, I'll throw a surprise at you, throwing out a slender flower stalk – straight up from the soil and covered in buds. After several days, creamy white lily-like flowers will open, with the most pleasantly sweet fragrance. If this happens take pictures because it may not happen again for years!

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