Sansevieria: A Favorite Houseplant for Low Light

Sansevieria: A Favorite Houseplant for Low Light

Susie Nadler
Jul 9, 2009

We've all got at least one room that gets very little natural light. Usually these are the rooms most in need of the lively energy that a houseplant brings, but so many plants crave the ever-elusive "bright indirect light" that it can be difficult to find appealing specimens for a dim room. Inspired by our recent purchase of the lovely Sansevieira Moonshine pictured above, we thought we'd extol the virtues of this popular plant, sometimes known as Snake Plant or Mother-in-law's Tongue...

Part of Sansevieria's popularity is due to the fact that there are so many different cultivars. Among them all, there's bound to be a color, shape, or texture to please any plant lover. Rough, narrow black spikes... wide, silvery, sword-shaped leaves... variegated yellow-and-green tubes... take your pick.

Sansevieria does just fine in low light, and requires very little water as well. Watering every couple of weeks should be fine, and even less in the winter. Evidently Sansevieria is also an excellent natural air filter.

Here's some more helpful information from Apartment Therapy on choosing the best plants for low-light conditions:

Good Questions: Low Light Plants?

Bringing in Green: 10 Best Plants for Apartments

(Images: Susie Nadler; Flickr members dutch blue and scott.zona, licensed under Creative Commons)

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