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Brown Thumb? Meet the Sansevieria

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We receive a handful of calls and emails a week asking what we'd recommend for the houseplant-weary. Our answer? A Sansevieria - more commonly known as the snake plant. One of our favorite houseplants, the snake plant is not only a striking, sculptural addition to any room - it also improves indoor air quality, produces oxygen, and is incredibly easy to take of. We swear. 

Name: Sanseivieria
Common Names: Snake Plant, Mother-In-Law's Tongue
Description: A no-fussplantwith thin upright leaves that resemble the skin of a reptile
Care: Low-maintenance
Origin: Western Africa
Light: Bright to light, indirect light
Water: About 1x every 2 to 3 weeks (allow soil to dry out completely between waterings)
Temperature & Humidity: Average; can be used as an ornamental plant outdoors in warmer climates and indoors in cooler climates 
Dislikes: Over-watering, cold temperatures and drafts
Benefits: Purifies indoor air (absorbs toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene); converts carbon dioxide into oxygen; numerous variegations to choose from 


  1. Its adaptations for surviving drought means it is extremely low-maintanece! Forget to water it? No problem - next time. 
  2. It has one of the highest conversion rates of carbon dioxide to oxygen. Did we mention it absorbs toxins from indoor air, too? (more Air-Purifying Plants
  3. It tolerates low and even artificial light - making it a great choice for first-floor apartments and office cubicles. 
  4. It comes in a vast variety of visually appealing variegations. 
  5. It has an extremely low toxicity level, making it less harmful to your fury friends than other common houseplants. (more Pet-Friendly Plants

Looking for a snake plant to call your own? See our AugustOlmsted, and, the recently launched, Case Study Cylinder (currently NYC delivery only) - or visit us at The Sill Shop at 84 Hester Street! 


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1 comment

  • Do you have to call it ‘mother-in-law’s tongue? It is very pretty!!

    SUsan ERdle on

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