Basically, this is a call to love a super cool plant.
Snake Plant, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue…… Really? Snakes are cool, Mother-in-laws are alright, so whats the deal with the negative rap on this plant? A name says a lot, but in this case, I think it short sells the awesomeness of this plant. The Sansevieria is a brutally under appreciated plant. We often hear things at Sprout Home from people about not wanting that “mall plant” or “the Doctor’s waiting room plant” in their home. Lets put the Sans outside of this box. What is so wrong about an indoor tropical plant that you only have to water once every 15-20 days? Or is it the fact that the plant does not need very much light to thrive? Yeah, these things sound so terrible don’t they? No.
These are in the Asparagaceae family. It’s rad name comes from being named after an old school Italian Prince of San Severo, the princes name was Raimondo di Sangro. Pretty cool eh? This plant has been a major useful plant for back in the day fiber and rope production in Africa, and it’s sap is also a useful antiseptic. Useful! In it’s natural world this plant is pollinated by moths, just like Matt Holiday. The flowers are not the most impressive flowers by any stretch. If your plant flowers, it’s happy, so that’s good. Once your plant flowers, it will not actually product new leaves, but don’t worry, it concentrates on producing more horizontal (under the dirt) rhizomes. This might look like new leaves, but really they are making whole new baby plants. If you have a very root bound plant, and you notice that its been flowering, you might want to think of planting it into something just a bit larger in diameter. This will provide enough room for the new little pups to develop.
The good air. Want more of this in your life? yeah, good air is good. Sansevieria are super air producers, and they also remove lots of toxins from the air. These are good things. The Sans Plant (yeah, I think we are going to start that hot new name for this plant, just keep the French Sans out of mind…) The Sans Plant releases oxygen at night, you should really have a couple large plants in your bedrooms, Oxygen treatment while you sleep. You can’t beat that.
So if you call yourself a plant killer? This plant is for you. No Bright light in your space? This plant is for you. Tired of your coworkers not taking good care of the plants at work? This plant is for you. I think you might be getting our drift. There are several variations of this plant; green and gold vertical stripes, light mint green, light green with dark green horizontal stripes, dark green with gold borders. You have to love the simple beauty of this strong sensual plant.
Go Sans it up.