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Here’s why snake plant is the spiky greenery your home needs

Sansevieria, also known as snake plant, produces dramatic, sculptural foliage that works with any style, plus it’s easy care

Here’s why snake plant is spiky greenery your home needs

Sansevieria, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue or snake plant, is a wonderful plant to grow in pots because it produces dramatic, sculptural foliage that looks great in almost any setting. The spikiness of this specimen lends itself well to contrast – style it with soft, fluffy textures such as sheepskin, offset its striped leaves with geometric patterns and juxtapose its vivid green colouring with shades of blue and concrete.

Whether you grow it inside or out (warmer regions only), this attractive succulent is easy-care, tolerating direct sunlight to light shade as well as low moisture levels. Mother-in-law’s tongue is relatively slow-growing, making it a low-maintenance potted plant with plenty of varieties to choose from.

These range from taller types with stiff, lance-shaped leaves to dwarf rosette varieties, most with distinctive marble patterning on their foliage. Allow potting mix to dry out in between watering, and water with half-strength liquid fertiliser once a month but only during the growing season. Don’t plant or place pots in places where temperatures fall below 10°C.

Words by: Carol Bucknell.

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