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This is a great house plant to have.

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I love snake plants, also called Mother in Law's Tongue. I used to have more, but then I got kittens... So now I have four that the girls haven't killed. Two are shut away from them most of the time. OMG, and now that I think of it they probably need watering.

HippieChick58 Level 9 May 30, 2018

Yes, it is a CAM plant, they are capable of fixing CO2 at nigh resulting in the release of oxygen. CAM stands for Crassulacean acid metabolism. Succulent plants adapted to arid conditions use this cycle to minmize water loss during the day.


Sadanty Level 5 May 30, 2018

Mother-in-laws' tongue

AstralSmoke Level 8 May 30, 2018

That's what I was always told it was called

@Sheannutt It's more fitting and easier to remember. I like to write my comment and then I read all the other ones. It can make my comment pretty redundant, but it is spontaneous.


Love this plant!

Donna_I Level 7 May 30, 2018

Yes. It cleans the air. You need a lot of them in a room though.

Ellatynemouth Level 8 May 30, 2018

I remember my mother had one that was really huge I think she needed to transplant it because it died.


I had one in a washtub in my office. When it bloomed I was SO allergic! The smell is like acid in my nose. Had to get rid of it when it busted out of the tub and crammed against the ceiling. Was recently in Belize where they make hedges of it. They all started blooming the last 3 days and choked me up. Oh, and I'd like a citation for which toxins it is able to remove. That's a bit of a broad statement for me.

CrazyQuilter Level 7 May 30, 2018

Oh wow that's horrible, I did not know they even bloomed.

@Sheannutt Yes, the flowers are dripping with sticky stuff and have a VERY strong smell.

@CrazyQuilter oh wow I never noticed my mother's plant ever doing that when she had one.


We call that Mother-in-law's tongue. A very easy plant to grow, even for people with black thinbs.

Spinliesel Level 8 May 30, 2018

Yes that's what we always called them too


Sanseveria laurenti. Also called "mother-in-laws-tongue". Not too sexist. Impossible to kill other than over wateriing. I started with one leaf rescued from somewhere. Now I have 10 one gallon pots of them.

Mooolah Level 8 May 30, 2018

That's what I always thought they were called, I just wish I can get another one.

@Sheannutt What is preventing you from doing so?

@Countrywoman have not found any around here in the stores before that I was moving too many times, now that I'm here settle down I don't want to get another one.

@Sheannutt They are easily propagated. [gardeningknowhow.com]

@Sheannutt Sacrifice one stalk from the plant you have. Pay attention to which end is up. Cut it into pieces about 3 inches long. Place each piece into its own pot of appropriate soil with the appropriate end up and moisten. And then wait and moisten from time to time. It might take several months, but you will get babies. From the same stalk I had some that took much longer than others to sprout. But they all sprouted.

@HippieChick58 I don't know anybody around here that has one

@Sheannutt Bummer! come by my house, I will sacrifice a stalk or two. And keep checking nurseries, or florists. I see them in the grocery store from time to time, usually large ones but you can split those up into separate pots and make more babies.

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