English name:Mother-in-Law's Tongue - Zeylanica
Latin name:Sansevieria Zeylanica
I am similar in height to my cousin the Laurentii, but my leaves are fully green, with horizontal rippled stripes that alternate in shades of silver and greyish-green.
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! Click here to buy Snake Plant Zeylanica.