Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
Snake Plant Plant FeaturesIf you're looking for an easy-care houseplant, you can't do much better than snake plant. This hardy indoor is still popular today -- generations of gardeners have called it a favorite -- because of how adaptable it is to a wide range of growing conditions. Most snake plant varieties have stiff, upright, sword-like leaves that may be banded or edged in gray, silver, or gold. Snake plant's architectural nature makes it a natural choice for modern and contemporary interior designs. It's one of the best houseplants around!
Fun Fact: Botanists have reclassified snake plant from Sansevieria to Dracaena. While it's scientifically known as Dracaena trifasciata, most plant parents still call it a Sansevieria.
Note: Snake plant can be invasive when planted outdoors in some frost-free areas; check local restrictions before putting it in your landscape.
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Snake Plant Growing InstructionsGrow snake plant in just about any room of your home. While it tolerates low light, snake plant grows fastest in bright conditions.
As long as you water it now and again, it's tough to underwater this hardy houseplant. Water snake plant when the top inch or so of the soil dries. Take care not to overwater it -- allow the top inch of the potting mix to dry in between waterings.
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Snake plant doesn't require much
Snake plant doesn't require pruning because it's such a slow grower.
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Note: This hardy indoor plant is not meant for human or animal consumption.
Low water needs
Indoors: High light
Indoors: Low light
Indoors: Medium light
Purifies the air
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Snake PlantCalathea
Snake plant is a natural with calathea; its texture and fun color looks beautiful paired with variegated calathea varieties.
Contrast ferns' soft foliage with the stiff structure of snake plant.
Red aglaonema offers colorful foliage that looks stunning with any snake plant (especially silvery varieties such as Moonshine snake plant).