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Snake Plant Benefits at Home

Snake Plant Benefits at Home

The snake plant is a common houseplant native to Asia and Africa. It is distinguished by its evergreen sword-shaped leaves that grow straight and resemble artificial foliage, and it requires little water to survive.

There are ways to decorate your home with plants, but with snake plants, there are so many. The architectural and tall-shaped leaves of the snake plant make it perfect for corners of the home and office.

Snake plants are also known for their ability to help remove toxic air pollutants. In small amounts, snake plants can absorb cancer-causing pollutants such as CO2, benzene, formaldehyde, etc.

Snake plants can withstand both shade and intense sunlight, as well as flooding, drafts, and dry air. They also do not require repotting on a regular basis.

Snake plants can help reduce the impact of airborne allergens like dust and dander by releasing oxygen and adding moisture to the air.

Types of Snake Plant 

There are around 70 different species of snake plant, all native to tropical and sub-tropical regions of Europe, Africa, and Asia. They are all evergreen and can grow anywhere from 8 inches (20 cm) to 12 feet (3.5 m) high. The most commonly used species for gardening is Sansevieria trifasciata, often known as mother-in-law’s tongue. However, if you’d like something a little different, the following species and cultivars are worth looking out for: “Laurentii” — This cultivar has attractive yellow bands at the edges of its green leaves. “Moonglow” — This variety has a silvery green color and lacks the stripes of other varieties Sansevieria ‘Golden Hahnii’ – This species has short leaves with yellow borders. Cylindrical snake plant (Sansevieria cylindrical) – Cylindrical snake plant has round, dark green, striped leaves and can grow to 2 to 3 feet (61 to 91 cm). Sansevieria trifasciata “Twist” – As the name suggests, this cultivar has twisted leaves. It is also striped horizontally, has yellow variegated edges and grows to about a 14 inches (35.5 cm) tall. Rhino Grass (Sansevieria desertii) – This one grows to around 12 inches (30+ cm) with succulent red tinted leaves. White Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata “Bantel’s Sensation”) – This cultivar grows to around 3 feet (91 cm.) tall and has narrow leaves with white vertical stripes. Other species of snake plant you might find include Dracaena angolensis, which has tubular leaves with barbs on the ends. Dracaena bacularis grows more densely than other species and has narrow, dark green leaves. Dracaena masoniana has wider leaves, more like paddles than spikes. They are green with white and purple variegation.