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Overview

Indoor decorating with the snake house plant is ideal because it is so hearty and easy to grow. Problems with pests or diseases are minimal. The shape and size of the snake house plant makes it ideal for corners, filling in bare wall sections, setting near fireplaces or as an addition to an entryway.

Name

The scientific name for snake plant is Sansevieria. It is also known as devil's tongue or mother-In-Law's tongue.

Geography

The snake house plant is at home in warm conditions. This plant thrives in temperatures ranging from 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit with indirect sunlight. The snake plant originated in the African nation of Zaire, according to Plant Encyclopedia.

Size

According to Texas A&M University, the snake plant reaches an average height of 3 to 5 feet. The average width is approximately 2 feet.

Identification

The snake house plant has medium-green foliage with gold or yellow bands around the leaf edges. Leaves grow from the base of the plant upward to a pointed tip and dark green vertical lines on the leaf surface. Leaves are thick and leathery in texture. Some varieties have white vertical lines on the leaf surface.

Propagation

Gardeners propagate the snake plant with division or use of leaf cuttings. Moist soil and plenty of sunlight increase propagation success.

Growing Requirements

The snake house plant enjoys moist, well-drained soil. Potting containers need drainage holes. Pouring water directly into the leaves causes fungus problems due the plants holding the water. Fertilization requirements are minimal. All that's required is a weakened-down liquid fertilizer monthly during the warm months. The fertilizer should be free of nitrates. It is easy to overwater snake house plants. Texas A&M University recommends giving the soil time to dry out between watering.

Benefits

The snake house plant is easy and hardy to grow for novice to experienced indoor gardeners. The plant provides indoor air purification.

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About this Author

Joyce Priddy has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in psychology, with a minor in early childhood development. She has been freelance writing for five years and primarily writes for eHow.