Dracaena trifasciata is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to tropical West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo. It is most commonly known as the snake plant, Saint George’s sword, mother-in-law’s tongue, and viper’s bowstring hemp, among other names. Until 2017, it was known under the synonym Sansevieria trifasciata.
It is an evergreen perennial plant forming dense stands, spreading by way of its creeping rhizome, which is sometimes above ground, sometimes underground. Its stiff leaves grow vertically from a basal rosette. Mature leaves are dark green with light gray-green cross-banding and usually range from 70–90 centimetres (28–35 in) long and 5–6 centimetres (2.0–2.4 in) wide, though it can reach heights above 2 m (6 ft) in optimal conditions.
- The plant exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide using the crassulacean acid metabolism process, which allows them to withstand drought.
- NASA recommended air purifier plant, removing 4 of the 5 main toxins involved in the effects of sick building syndrome. However, its rate of filtration is too slow for practical indoor use
- Best plant for AC rooms, office desk, etc.
- Best indoor plant for low light condition.
- Popular houseplant with wavy cross stripes.
- This plant can survive in outdoors in warmer climates, and indoors as a houseplant in cooler climates.
- It is popular as a houseplant because it is tolerant of low light levels and irregular watering.
- During winter it needs only one watering every couple of months.
- This plant will rot easily if overwatered.
- If you are beginner in cultivating houseplants then this is good for you because it requires low attention.
- A spray of water should help in case of flowering plants.
- Water spraying helps plants grow rapidly
- Plant soil must be moist all the time