About Snake Plant
The snake plant has become increasingly popular for indoor use over the years, and with good reason. Recognized by its sword-shaped dark green leaves, the plant is aesthetically pleasing and a great addition to any indoor space. However, there's more to it than meets the eye.
The snake plant has several benefits besides the ambiance it brings. Some of these benefits include:
Filtering the air indoors
Boosting the "energy" of a space (according to feng shui)
It's no wonder this low-maintenance beauty has become so popular for indoor use in recent years!
The snake plant is part of the Dracaena trifasciata genus (formerly Sansevieria trifasciata) and is in the Asparagacea (Asparagus) family.
Snake plants are tracheophytes, vascular plants that can grow larger than non-vascular plants. These vascular systems contained in tracheophytes consist of xylem, mainly concerned with the conduction of water and other dissolved minerals, and phloem, which is focused on the conduction of food.
The name tracheophyte means "tracheid plant," which refers to water-conducting cells. These are known as tracheids or tracheary elements and bear a resemblance to the spiral bands in the walls of the trachea of insects.
Snake plants grow natively in the tropical, rocky, and dry habitats of Africa and Asia.
The snake plant is known for its erect, sword-like leaves, though several different types of these houseplants have differing looks. Some cylindrical snake plants have dimensionally round, tube-like leaves. There are also dwarf snake plants and "corkscrew" variations whose leaves tend to twist and turn.
The dark green leaves can also vary, some boasting white vertical stripes, others with bright yellow outlines, and even some that appear almost black.
Types Of Snake Plants
There are over 70 varieties of snake plants, but some of the most popular types for indoor houseplants include:
Bird's nest snake plant (Sansevieria hahnii)
Sansevieria cylindrica (African spear)
Bowstring hemp (Sansevieria laurentii)
Snake Plant Styling
Because snake plants are so easy to care for, they make excellent indoor plants. They do best in spacious pots placed in an area with indirect sunlight. They pair well with other large, tropical houseplants, such as Monstera (Swiss cheese plant), ZZ plant, and calathea (prayer plant).
Some styling ideas for snake plants are:
On a corner stand
In elegant pots
Placed on the floor in the corner of a room
Next to large windows
In a pot hung with macrame
Groupings of different-sized snake plants
In a corner of the bedroom
On a staircase
Grouped with succulents and other small plants
On the front or back porch, or in a sunroom