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Sansevieria trifasciata

Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law Plant

“Snake Plant” is a very common succulent, and one that is perfect for beginners! It thrives on neglect, doing well in low-light, making it perfect for growing indoors. It is a favorite among beginners and enthusiasts alike. “Snake Plant” has wide leaves that grow straight up, tapering to a point at the top.

Quick Look:

  • Partial shade

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 48″ (120 cm) tall

  • Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by offsets

  • Can be toxic to dogs and cats

  • Summer Dormant

Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Sansevieria trifasciata “Snake Plant”

It's hard to find a succulent that's easier to care for! “Snake Plant” thrives in low-light, making it a perfect plant for a bedroom, guest room, or area of your home that needs a little greenery.


Sansevieria trifasciata tends to need a bit less water than other succulents. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

“Snake Plant” grows best in low light, so adding this succulent to your bedroom is perfect. It also converts CO2 into oxygen at night, purifying the air while you sleep. Not only that, but studies show this simple plant also removes formaldehyde, benzene, and other chemicals from the air!

Plant in well-draining soil.


How to Propagate Sansevieria trifasciata “Snake Plant”

Propagating “Snake Plant” is almost as easy as it is to grow! It is one succulent that does well with water propagation.


Remove a healthy leaf from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing in well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.

Water Propagation

Using sharp, sterile scissors, remove a healthy leaf from the main plant, and place it in a tall container. Fill the container with just enough water to cover the leaf several inches. Place in indirect light, changing the water every several days.


Sansevieria grow from a large root-like organ called a rhizome. This forms a large mass under the soil, where the leaves grow up from. The rhizome can be carefully divided using very sharp scissors or a garden saw.

Be sure the section removed has at least one healthy leaf growing from the rhizome. Allow it to dry for a day, then replant in well-draining soil. Wait to water until several days after planting.

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