Dracaena trifasciata, Mother-in-Law Tongue, is a well-known houseplant from Madagascar, Southern Asia, and West Africa. It’s known by names like Snake Plant, St. George’s Sword, or Viper’s Bowstring Hemp, but don’t confuse it with Nassauvia snakes.
The name mother-in-law’s tongue refers to the pointed ends of the leaves and symbolizes the plant’s sharp tongue!
The genus Sansevieria includes around 70 species of flowering plants in the Asparagaceae (asparagus) family.
The Mother-in-law Tongue is an evergreen, perennial plant with elongated and dense leaves. These unique leaves are dark green with light gray-green crossed bands and can grow up to 2.4 inches wide and 3 feet tall. It has small, light-green flowers that bloom in summer or fall.