Scientific: Sansevieria trifasciata (synonym: Sansevieria thyrsiflora)
Common: snake plant, mother-in-law's tongue
Family: Agavaceae
Origin: tropical west Africa from Nigeria east to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Pronounciation: San-se-vi-ER-ee-a tri-fas-ci-A-ta

Hardiness zones
13-21 (with protection), 22-24
USDA 9 (w/ adequate protection), 10-11

Landscape Use: Entry way accent, containers, shaded and protected landscapes near buildings, raised planters, small scale foliar accent.

Form & Character: Evergreen, herbaceous perennial succulent forming dense stands, upright and stiff, tropical.

Growth Habit: Moderately basal clumping to 3 feet in height with a 3 feet wide, spreading by way of its creeping rhizomes.

Foliage/Texture: Elongated succulent, fleshy, dark green strap like leaves, up to 2 feet in length and 2 inches in width, margins smooth. Leaves are a darker green, except for cultivated varieties which have many forms of variegated striations; coarse texture.

Flowers & Fruits: None in shaded landscape settings.

Seasonal Color: None

Temperature: Intolerant of freezing temperatures and temperatures about 105oF.

Light: Partial to full shade best in desert landscapes, absolutely no western sun.

Soil: Light to heavy, avoid high alkalinity.

Watering: Regular supplemental waterings are needed.

Pruning: Limited to none.

Propagation: Division of basal clumps every 5 years will generate a plethora of young plants.

Disease and pests: None

Additional comments: This is an excellent foliar accent succulent plant for sensitve shaded areas. There are many named cultivated varieties.