How to Care for the Sansavaria Plant


Many people know this plant by its common names: snake plant or mother-in-law's tongue. Sansevieria (Sansevieria trifasciata) is a perennial plant in the agave family and native to tropical west Africa. Generally grown as a houseplant, sansevieria makes a stunning statement in the home with tall, succulent spikes, some with variegated shades of green and yellow. Sansevieria is one of the easiest of all houseplants to grow.

Step 1

Grow the sansavaria plant in standard potting soil in a pot with holes in the bottom for drainage.

Step 2

Place the sansevieria in a shady or sunny location n the home, depending upon the variety. The variegated sansevieria requires a shadier spot, while the others can be grown in shade or sun.

Step 3

Water the sansevieria only when the soil is completely dry. Sansevieria do not like wet feet and over-watering the plant can kill it. In the winter, water it only enough to keep it alive. Master Gardeners at the University of Illinois suggest watering it just two times during the winter.

Tips and Warnings

  • All parts of the sansevieria plant are poisonous if ingested by people or pets.


  • University of Illinois Extension: Easy Care Houseplants
  • ASPCA Poisonous Plants List: Mother-In-Law's Tongue
  • ‭"‬California Master Gardener Handbook";‭ ‬Dennis R.‭ ‬Pittenger‭; ‬2002
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