Sansevieria, which is native to Africa, is commonly called the snake plant, because of the shape of its leaves, or mother-in-law’s tongue because of their sharpness. It forms dense stands, spreading by way of its creeping roots. Its stiff sword-shaped leaves grow vertically from a basal rosette.
Planting and care
Sansevieria can be divided easily during repotting. Alternatively, new shoots, which emerge from the soil as spikes, can be taken and potted independently. They are rapid growers once established. Cuttings can also be taken, but its much easier to rely on division.
Pot the snake plant in a clay container that is wider than it is tall since the root system is shallow. Choose a pot the same diameter or one size larger than the plantâ€™s current container. Plastic is not the best choice for these plants, because strong roots can easily crack and break weak pots.