Snake plants are native to tropical West Africa and essential to African culture. Nigerians believe that the plant provides spiritual protection. They use it in a ritual to remove the evil eye. A nasty stare casts a curse on its victims. This succulent is also associated with several African gods, including the god of war.
Like the jade plant, the Chinese also think this plant brings good luck. They believe the gods will bestow the eight virtues, including long life and prosperity, onto their caretakers. Even if this succulent didn’t bring us good luck, we’d keep it because it’s so pretty!
But you may be wondering, what exactly is a snake plant, and what is a sansevieria? Is Sansevieria a succulent? Is a snake plant a succulent? Let’s take a look further to dissect those pondering questions.
Snake plants are a type of Sansevieria, a genus of seventy flowering plants. These plants are grouped because they all have shared characteristics like narrow, upright leaves and short, thick roots.
Because the snake plant belongs to the genus Sansevieria, its full scientific name is Sansevieria Trifasciata. The second word in its name, Trifasciata, comes from Latin. It means “marked with three bands.” Several snake plant varieties are diversified, which is a fancy way of saying their leaves have different colored streaks. These colorful markings are why snake plants got the name Trifasciata.
In addition to its scientific name, the snake plant has a few nicknames. It’s often called mother-in-law’s tongue because of its sharp, pointed leaves. If you ever buy this succulent for your mother-in-law, don’t tell her what it’s called!
Snake plants are also known as viper’s bowstring hemp because they have strong fibers that were once used to make bowstrings.
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Snake Plants Sansevieria FAQs
Snake plants are indeed poisonous to cats. These plants carry saponins, chemicals that, when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea in cats.
Yes, snake plants have the same effect on dogs as cats, with nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Absolutely! Snake plants love the outdoors. More specifically, they appreciate and thrive off being in the sunlight – and even the shade! They make a perfect addition to any outdoor garden or even an excellent viewpoint on the porch.
Trimming, pruning, and/or propagating your snake plant is simple and highly recommended at times. It is best to trim your snake plant if/when it starts having discoloration, decaying spots, damaged areas, etc.
Snake plants are an excellent investment for many reasons. For example, they’re anti-allergies, have been known to help boost one’s mental health, bring a beautiful scene of life to any surrounding areas, are easy to care for, and so much more!
While most succulents are more prone to attracting bugs and other pests, snake plants are quite the opposite. Snake plants rarely experience these issues. However, the probability of such infestations increases if the plant is poorly cared for.
They do indeed; however, it isn’t widespread as it only happens with certain snake plant varieties. For those capable of blooming, you will soon notice some white flowers sprouting about.
No, snake plants do not necessarily need drainage holes.
Snake plants are typically slower-growing. However, it all depends on the variety of the plant. A standard snake plant will usually grow about four-twelve inches a year.
A fully-grown and healthy snake plant can reach a height of anywhere from one foot to up to four feet tall.
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