Pooley, E. 1998. Now this year, to my amazement, it has bloomed. ... Bowstring Hemp (Sansevieria hyacinthoides) Star Sansevieria (Sansevieria kirkii var. I stuck it in a pot of soil, and within a month it had quadrupled in size! Sansevieria guineensis (L.) Willd. Sansevieria Thunb. When friends have tentatively asked for a good starter plant, this is the one I give 'em. The small white flowers that it produces are very fragrant. One day, I was looking for something in his room and moved this pile of clothes to reveal a pot with 1 stem, brown and whithered, laying in this pot. On Feb 11, 2012, mgosz58 from Milwaukee, WI wrote: I live in Wisconsin. Basionym. I have a 12" pot of this in a northeast window. I noticed all the people asking were just younger (born 1980ish and after). I didn't notice the forecast was totally off on prediction, and it dropped to 22 (with total of 9-11 hours of freezing temp). Sansevieria fulvocincta Haw. Aloe hyacinthoides L., Sp. In any case, if you are trying to get one to bloom, you might try letting it get root bound and then experimenting with different watering cycles. [[email protected]]. On Jul 21, 2005, debbiewake from Charlotte, NC wrote: I had never heard that a snake plant was called a "Mother-in-law's tongue". Height: Up to four feet. Species: Sansevieria hyacinthoides. They said it was a dusty plant sitting in a window for years. On Jul 19, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote: We have had this plant for 30 years. Light freezes kill the tall leaf ends even under cover and the 2013 freeze of several weeks, with a low of 24F, killed over half the clump. I have read varieties developed in the 1930’s and 40’s are by a grower named Sylvan Hahn are called birdnest types or called “Hanhii” for their smaller clusters of wide leaves. I have not seen nor heard of a single reported case of toxicity in a cat (you should call the Illinois Animal Poison Control if you are still unsure). It has been remarkably tolerant -- drought conditions, heat, cold, freezing weather -- but, I have only seen it bloom one time...and it was wonderfully fragrant! All species of Sansevieria are invasive in the tropics. I've also seen it growing in huge concrete urns in the Bahamas (direct tropical sun, 110°F, salt spray & hurricanes). Principal source: Compiler: IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) with support from the Overseas Territories Environmental Programme (OTEP) project XOT603, a joint project with the Cayman Islands Government - Department of Environment Review: Publication date: 2010-11-10 Recommended citation: Global Invasive Species Database (2020) Species profile: Sansevieria hyacinthoides. 2: 159. It was a GORGEOUS specimen - his mother took great care of it, but when she passed, it was given to my husband to take care of (a 20 something prof. musician/partier). I finally broke down and made 8 more pots out of it after it bloomed for the first time. Now lets look at the Sansevieria from a new point if view. It is in sandy soil with dappled shade in the morning. Also I have had cats as long as I've had it, and no bad experiences for it or the cats, although it IS on the top level of a wrought iron plant shelf. Also, they almost seem to be growing to high in the soil. Sansevieria angustiflora Lindb. On Mar 15, 2007, MollyMc from Archer/Bronson, FL (Zone 8b) wrote: Personally, I don't care for this plant due to it's invasiveness in zone 10 and they will poke you in the eye. Sansevieria grandis var. It is a stemless evergreen perennial that, with proper care, will last for many years. Africa Tool Used. ); skoonma-se-tong, aambeiwortel, haasoor (Afr. Have not had problems with kitty getting sick. SANBI (South African National Biodiversity Institute), Pretoria. On Jul 14, 2004, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote: I don't know about snake plants being poisonous to housecats, but I know my housecat was poisonous to my snake plants. ... read morer /> On Apr 11, 2003, RamonaS from Dundas,Canada wrote: I live near Toronto, and have owned this houseplant for 15 years or more, and it has bloomed for the very first time spring of 2002 and now again spring 2003. The distinction listed below, that this variety is not invasive but Sansevieria hyacinthoides is … On Sep 22, 2008, plantladylin from (Zone 1) wrote: Although not a favorite of mine, I have a few in containers. On Dec 31, 2005, MerryMary from Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL (Zone 9b) wrote: It grows very well here in zone 9b outdoors, not bothered much by the occasional frosts, but you must keep it in check, or it can take over a small area quickly. I would not avoid this plant just because you had a cat. it loves to be ignored and it's extremely healthy. In Brazil it is commonly known as espada-de-são-jorge (sword-of-saint-george). On Feb 18, 2019, dylanjgregory from Salt Lake City, UT wrote: This is an awesome plant hard to kill. Golden Hahnii is a heavily variegated yellow and green form. Sansevieria hyacinthoides is a fast grower and drought-resistant. It may be better suited as a potted plant, so it won't spread to areas you don't want it. Raimondo, D. et al. Common names: mother-in-law’s tongue, piles root, bowstring hemp (Eng. Sanseverinia thyrsiflora Petagna. Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Futura Superba’ The sansevieria trifasciata ‘Futura Superba’ certainly lives … On Jul 30, 2008, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote: I had abandoned my green/birdhouse due to an allergy to the hay I used as an amendment to the soil. Blooms only in Summer. Even without the serpent connection, many people find this houseplant kinda blah. Only lost a minor amount of tongues. . When it first flowered, I was happy as I read that it had a heady fragrance. Needless to say, I rescued it, have divided it many times with great success, passed it's babies all over, and it graced me with beautiful white flowers this summer for the first time. Any suggestions? I am in zone 5 so this is a house plant for me but I do put it outside in the summer in an area that is mostly shade. Also, one called Sansevieria Manolin is very different looking too. It is a non-native plant that has escaped cultivation and invaded wetland areas of central and south Florida. On Aug 7, 2011, kennedys from Jupiter, FL wrote: This plant is extremely invasive in Jupiter, FL. On Feb 4, 2005, nature_girl from Singapore, wrote: i have not tried growing this plant before, but here in singapore it is quite common. They thrive well indoors and much info is available about them on the internet and this website is great too. now it is in a sunny west window and is watered once a month. I have a problem with the leaves flopping over, and I have to put it up against the wall for the leaves to lean against. Links. Bowstring Hemp Synonyms. Currently, at the tallest point, this plant is about 4 feet tall. My outside cats show zero interest in this plant. A study was done in Hawaii on the specific problem of invasive Sansevieria trifasciata on the Islands and this cultivar is included in the Global Invasive Species database. Most I have are around 2 - 2 1/2 feet tall. Briza Publications, Pretoria. Fabian, A. Sansevieria laetevirens Haw. A few days prior we had a short freeze I actually WAS expecting, and I'd gone out and watered heavily all plants that had been totally dry dry dry for several wee... read moreks, including both of these desert loving plants. I tried to extract fiber from leaves that broke off while dividing a large specimen. {i}grandis {/i}. My mom said that when she first saw the plant it had beautiful purple flowers on it. var. Aletris guineensis (L.) Jacq; Aletris hyacinthoides var. On Sep 27, 2003, amorning1 from Islamorada, FL wrote: On Apr 12, 2003, gaelen38 from Zephyrhills, FL wrote: I have heard the reason this plant is called "Mother In Law's Tongue is because of the properties of the liquid this plant contains. Before I moved in 2002, it had broken its pot (plastic) and was trying to escape out the bottom. within a year and half in florida, all of my houseplant snakeplants died. Common Names. water normally during growth in the summer and perhaps as little as once a month in winter. Visitors comment about it's "intersting leaves, size and age (52)". Interesting--my cat seems the one to be doing the damage. On Apr 24, 2002, Dinu from Mysore,India (Zone 10a) wrote: Plants that grow from leaf cuttings will not have the yellow stripes. Anyway, if you love it, grow it but keep it contained and away from pets trapped inside -- they lack common sense where eating plants is concerned. laurentii (De Wild.) That spring, after no water the whole fall and winter, they were in there just blooming up a storm. My father has had his in the same container now for over 20 years, never repotted it, it's hysterical, over 2ft across, I'll have to take a pic next time We go down. I have a little tale about this poor thing. 1997. It grows very easily, needs little attention and so therefore perfect for large gardens. Sansevieria hyacinthoides is a robust, evergreen, perennial herb, up to 600 mm high. I keep them outdoors until it gets about 40 at night then put them in the greenhouse. 1996. However, these people knew the plant, and it was surrounded by concrete on all sides in a raised bed! Water only sparingly during winter months to prevent rot, otherwise when the soil becomes dry. On Jul 22, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote: Snake Plant, Bowstring Hemp, or Mother-In-Laws Tongue is a great houseplant native to Africa. My coworker has one for over 25 years. Anyway, if you love it, grow it but keep it contained and away from pets trapped inside -- they lack common sense where eating plants is concerned. On Sep 30, 2003, TerriFlorida from Plant City, FL wrote: While snake plant is an attractive upright houseplant, I will never plant it outside even though it should be too cold here in zone 9b for it to survive. I've now taken to planting them with other succulents: twisted sansevieria spikes leaping from the center of a cascade of Christmas cactus. On Mar 22, 2006, isom from Mission BC,Canada (Zone 8b) wrote: It grows well with a minimum of attention & actually seems to prefer being neglected. Login to add your Comment Sansevieria angustiflora Lindb., Sansevieria grandis Hook.f., Sansevieria grandis Hook.f. Sansevieria cylindrica Bojer ex Hook. This plant is DEADLY to cats if they chew on any part of it! I am a little confused as to why someone said hardiness was not applicable. Its extremely weedy outdoors in zones 9 to 11 and southward! Cordyline hyacinthoides (L.) W.Wight. They take over a large area over time and may disrupt vegetation (on Florida EPPC Plant List Two). On Feb 25, 2007, minnewyork from Larchmont, NY wrote: I've had the same snake plant in the same (small) metal pot for 35 years. On Jul 24, 2014, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote: Extremely invasive in the tropics. It is a popular medicine for the treatment of ear infection, earache and toothache. In Japan this plant is called 'Tigers Tail,(とらのお)'. I'm pretty sure it's the sansevieria -- she was healthy and normal only a few minutes before all this happened. It was about 1-1/2 to 2 feet tall when she gave it to me and it is now over 3 ft tall. It has soft flexible broad oblong leaves and is fairly low growing. Physical Characteristics. BASIONYM: Aloe hyacinthoides Linnaeus, var. Mine bloom every summer except for the Hahnii types which have a growth pattern that reminds me of the top of a pineapple. Maybe it is too overcrowded? Best to keep it indoors carefully (reportedly poisonous) where it dosn't spread! From what I am reading, I may be overwatering. Click here to register. or high light. U.S. Weed Information. On Aug 29, 2004, BingsBell from SC, MT (Zone 5a) wrote: As a no-brainer house plant, it is great. A field guide to wild flowers Kwazulu-Natal and the eastern region. Neuwinger, H.D. ks, including both of these desert loving plants. On Dec 18, 2009, mandycraze from Frostburg, MD wrote: I love this plant! Maybe the high heat and low humidity and rain fall summers keep it in check here in the growing season. Last spring I saw its first flowers that lasted many weeks. There is now a new variety of Snake plant, a compact version that is 4-6 inches tall and 6-7 inches wide. Never could figure out how he did it, and it took him almost a year to kill all of them, but there was no mistaking the odor of cat pee on the plants. guineensis Linnaeus 1753, nom. They will tolerate low lighting conditions indoors and thrive in part shade outside. It is only about 10 inches or so tall but the leave look identical to the larger plant. I think this should be Sansevieria trifasciata Prain and not Sansevieria parva N.E.Br. Leaves: The long, linear leaves are usually green with contrasting darker green stripes but may have yellow and/or white stripes along the edges or may have yellow cross bands. Its vertical growth fits well into a blank wall space or a corner. I remember this same plant from 25 years ago when I was in junior high school. I keep it outdoors, in a pot, from mid-March to the first freeze; and indoors in my "plant room" during the winter. The fibre can also be used to make string. Original plant was my grandma's! It has a place of prominence on the floor in our kitchen dinning area (southeast exposure). Lately it's been looking sick and losing a lot of leaves. Interestingly Sansevieria are also called, mother-in-law's tongue and devil's tongue, I imagine what's common between those names :)). Please don't plant in south Florida! I'm 65 and have always had these( or been around them as a child). I have recommended this plant to the many people that stop in and tell me they can't grow anything. Does well in both locations. Just plain old boring... This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions: On Dec 19, 2019, jannok from Bastrop, TX wrote: I turned 66 tuesday; realized that I've had these plants since i was 18 and given my first when I was in court reporting school in Denver. The rhizome is eaten by mole rats. Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law's Tongue, Mother-in-Law's Nose, Saint George's Sword, African Bowstring Hemp. Now they are kept in their pots sideways under the work tables all winter long until the night temps level off at 60*. M.S. Wild flowers of northern South Africa. guineensis L. Cordyline guineensis (Willd.) The leaves are erect, borne in pairs of 5–12 in loose clusters, arising from the ground, broadly lanceolate to ovate, flat, ± 600 × 80 mm, dark green with paler markings, and margins red. Sansevieria hyacinthoides (L.) Druce is an accepted name This name is the accepted name of a species in the genus Sansevieria (family Asparagaceae). Sansevieria is also one of NASA's top 10 houseplants for removing indoor air pollution. It is easy to maintain, and I have a brown thumb, so if I couldnt kill it, no one can! i rarely watered it and it was in a shady area inside of the house. The specific name hyacinthoides means resembling a … MothogoaneNational Herbarium, PretoriaJanuary 2015, Plant Type: Ground Cover, Perennial, Succulent, SA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Flowering season: Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer, Autumn, Aspect: Full Sun, Morning Sun (Semi Shade), Afternoon Sun (Semi Shade). I'm going to keep the plant outdoors from now on, so she can't repeat this experience. Sansevieria hyacinthoides Common Names Skoonma-se-tong, aambeiwortel, haasoor (afrikaans) Mother-in-laws Tongue, piles root, bowstring hemp (english) isikholokotho (xhosa) xikwenga (tsonga) Isikwendle, isitokotoko (zulu) As these fall from the plant, many "babys" produced in the soil below. It is not a snake plant. however, i have not had success with these inside the house since i moved to florida. bloom. I have held one prisoner for years in a pot in the yard. Medicinal plants of South Africa, edn 2. Sansevieria hyacinthoides is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.1 m (0ft... Synonyms. It can't spread because it is surrounded by concrete. ... Kuntze Aletris guineensis (L.) Jacq. Blooms November through Feb here. & Schult. Does someone have more information than what was previously posted. Anyway, thanks for listening to my little story.... just my experience with the plant... On Aug 24, 2007, ehofacket from Lake Elsinore, CA wrote: I have successfully grown this plant outdoors in Corona and Lake Elsinore California. Sansevieria hyacinthoides Druce, 1914 Synonyms . Dave’s Garden has good write-ups on these garden centers, so you can check it out b-4 you purchase anything. The edges of the leaves produce small round "seeds". They are being planted in the ground today around a bird bath to help provide moisture for some cannas I am putting in. I've had them, and you need to be very careful with them, as they spread and multiply very quickly. It grows in filtered (deciduous tree) shade with water every other week in summer and none in winter. I put the plant in a nice looking bonsai pot with some stones on the surface of the potting soil. My cat killed half a dozen of these very vigorous potted plants by systematically peeing on them even though the pots were packed so tightly there was no room for him to stand in the pot. There it … Common names: mother-in-law’s tongue, piles root, bowstring hemp (Eng. An upright form, it has slender leaves that are heavily streaked in green and white. Native to the drier areas of Sri Lanka. I was so surprised when it bloomed once, about 5 years ago. They smelled so good and were so dainty for such a tough looking plant. 1799, nom. We have not seen those yet. It was so unpleasantly strong & the odour made me feel ill. The roots are long, horizontal carrot like shoots that start a new plant wherever they get broken. I don't know how accurate that claim is, but I've seen them in the wild on a coastal island in Florida, and they do grow in very dense patc... read morehes. The fact of the plant being poisonous is new to me. African traditional medicine: a dictionary of plant use and applications. According to information I gatherred, as well as experience, the Snake Plant will tolerate low light but performs best in med. Comments: The genus Sansevieria was named after Pietro Sanseverino, Prince of Bisignano, in whose garden near Naples the plant was found growing. It literally thrives on neglect. But I have never had a problem with mother-in-law's tongue with cats or children. Name . – sansevieria : Species: Sansevieria hyacinthoides (L.) Druce – iguanatail, bowstring hemp ); skoonma-se-tong, aambeiwortel, haasoor (Afr. I would like very much to keep this plant alive. Strelitzia 25. Species hyacinthoides (L.) Druce common name: iguanatail: 2 Species metallica Horton ex Gerome & Labroy syn. Also it was selected by a NASA Study as being one of the best plants at clearing toxins out of the air. Scientific Name: Sansevieria hyacinthoides. Appreciate it for its independence...little light, little watering required. NOTHING can kill this plant!" Sansevieria is a light feeder, and too much fertilizer makes the leaves fall over. Sansevieria hyacinthoides (L.) Druce. These plants belong to the Agave-family (Agavaceae), although several botanists place Sansevieria together with Draceana and Cordyline in the Lily-family (Liliaceae), while putting Agave-species in the Amaryllidaceae. I had purchased a Snake Plant in 2007 at Home Depot for my office since I knew they grow well in office settings with the fluorescent lights. in coastal southern california, i had many in the house, and they thrived. With all these varieties, it is perhaps no surprise that some floral designers are beginning to take a fresh look at this old workhorse. Tafelberg Publishers, Cape Town. I couldn't get rope, much less bowstrings. Mother-in law’s tongue also does well in a container indoors; great care must be taken not to overwater. On Oct 29, 2007, Deb3 from Granite City, IL wrote: My friend gave me a Snake Plant about 3 years ago. Seems given in a small dose in coffee or other drink, paralyzes the vocal cords of the person drinking the concocction, Hence the name "Mother In Law's tongue". Something like that.... On Mar 28, 2008, peachespickett from Huntington, AR wrote: Mine flowered indoors here in Arkansas in a sunny western window...tough plant, but the flower fragrance, as someone else here posted, literally made me almost sick. We had cats at home and I've always had at least one cat as an adult and never experienced any problems. Even so, it is so slow growing it hasn't even filled in that small area. I display the snake plant for indoor beauty and have found it to be a very tolerant and an eye pleasing addition to my housegarden. On Jan 28, 2011, annlof from Camarillo, CA wrote: In my coastal Southern California garden, this plant survives on rainfall alone (usually only 13-15 in. Apparently, it came in a basket to welcome his little brother into the world. It will live happily in an office with no windows. Sansevieria angustiflora Lindb. For many years I myself hated the look of this plant (I’m born in 1974). I had no idea that these plants bloomed. The fibre from the leaves is utilised by weaver birds for building nests. The plant is about 4 feet tall and flowers every year. Hutchings, A., Scott, A.H., Lewis, G. & Cunningham, A.B. t only gets outside in the summer because I live in Michigan, but I was so thrilled with the flowers. They will be low care for the birdbath owner and our cold winters will help control it. I decided to plant some in an area where my sprinkler pump sits. And of course all the neighbors would not believe it until they saw them, too. DO NOT, I repeat, do not plant this popular plant outdoors in the warm climates it thrives in (particularily my zone in Florida, 10), though! On May 27, 2010, Newtonlady from Newton, NH wrote: My mother received the snake plant as a gift as a small plant in 1958. Who knew that the Sansevieria now is available in many different varieties (moonshine, black gold, hahnii types that look like Hosta etc). But it came back rapidly. My cat has really shown an interest in this plant, and will not be taking any chances on it. I won't let mine flower now. Free and Open Access to Biodiversity Data. All my co-workers started asked me about the Snake Plant. I must admit that while the blooms are supposed to be fragrant, I suppose each one has their own idea of what smells nice & what doesn't. zeylanica L. Sansevieria jacquinii N.E.Br. Sansevieria grandis Hook.f. I suppose if a cat were out to eat an entire Sansevieria it would indeed become quite ill, but the toxicity of these plants is extremely low. It is easily propagated from seeds, cuttings or by division of large clumps. At Epcot, this plant is, or was, along the entry to the undersea ride, and made quite a nice show there looking somewhat like seaweed and all. Sanseverino, duke of Chiaromonte and collectioner of rare plants in the south of Italy. Leaves are attractively coloured. My mom said the woman told her that the plant was called "Mother-in law's tongue". It must have been quite a job tending that bed. Acyntha guineensis (L.) Medik. So many colors that appeal to different people, I can now see how this plant is popular again. The gardener’s guide to South African plants. Sansevieria ceylonica Oken. The distinction listed below, that this variety is not invasive but Sansevieria hyacinthoides is invasive, is not accurate. I was told that this plant only bloomed once every 10 year, or is it that it will bloom once it's 10 year old. Many years ago I lived in a loft in NY City and my bedroom wall consisted of a row of potted snake plants each about four feet tall. On Jul 13, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote: It is so easy to take care of this plant, no care at all, except when I lived in Chino Hills, Southern Calif, We had a freeze, the whole huge plant just bent over, and that was the end of that one. Natal Flora Publications Trust, Durban. Common name: “pendulous {i}Sansevieria {/i}”, because of its growth form in cultivation. The leaves are very attractive although I have heard about them being poisenous to cats.

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