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Houseplant Spotlight: Snake Plant

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This plant has many different names: Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, and Sansiveria, to name a few! Whatever you call this plant, it remains a beautiful addition to your home and an unbelievably simple plant to care for. Part of the Asparagaceae family (yes, they are related to asparagus!), these evergreen perennials tolerate low light and drought partially due to the way they store and release oxygen, called the crassulacean acid metabolism process. And not only are they easy to care for, it’s also been proven through NASA testing that they help improve the air quality in whatever room they’re in! 

Because the snake plant prefers the shadier corners of your house, it will grow more slowly than your other houseplants. Keep it in a pot you like to look at, because it will occupy that space for a long time! About once a month or so, give your sansiveria a good water, and then let the soil dry out completely before you water again. These plants LOVE to be ignored! 


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