Snake Plant Varieties


Snake plants or mother-in-law’s tongues are succulent plants with thick sword-shaped leaves resembling snake skin, which store water. Growing to two feet in height with proper care, they make unique home additions.

Whitney Dracaena is an easy-to-care-for variety that tolerates neglect well, preferring low to bright indirect lighting conditions and producing small white flowers during summer.

Dracaena masoniana

Whale Fin Sansevieria stands out among snake plants with its distinctive paddle-like leaves, making it easier than most varieties to maintain and reach impressive heights and sizes over time. One of the easiest-to-grow plants, this variety requires little attention from maintenance personnel.

Sansevieria plants make excellent air purifiers. With its ability to convert carbon dioxide to oxygen at night through CAM photosynthesis, this variety also acts as an air purifier by absorbing harmful substances like formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from indoor air quality.

Care of this species requires providing well-draining soil with plenty of air space, using a commercial potting mix, or creating your mixture with coarse sand or pumice as additives. Humidity levels between 5-25 percent should be ideal. Waterlogged whale fins will quickly curl, so monitor the soil regularly so it remains damp but not wet.

Dracaena elongate

Dracaena elongata, more commonly known as mass cane or corn plant, is an attractive houseplant with thick woody stems and long strap-like leaves that thrive indoors or out. To maintain optimal conditions, it requires light to moderate temperatures with moderate water conditions – however, as fluoride exposure may affect it negatively, it should only be given through non-fluoridated sources like distilled or purified water sources.

Your ornamental grasses can also be trained and trimmed into different shapes to add decorative effects. They tolerate drought and can grow in other soil conditions; well-draining potting mix is preferred, though any form of drainage should work fine. They require very little fertilization – only needing it every spring, summer, and fall with general-purpose houseplant formula fertilizer.

Mother-in-Law Snake Plant is an attractive addition to any home or office, as its tall, spiky foliage will help purify the air while adding an air-purifying element. Furthermore, this popular feng shui plant is said to bring luck and prosperity.

Dracaena sagittate

Dracaena is an ideal houseplant, prized for its dynamic foliage and low care requirements. If you live in a subtropical climate, Dracaena can also thrive outdoors under partially shaded conditions in subtropical regions. Though generally free from serious pests such as spider mites and mealybugs, spraying it with neem oil may help deter these bugs from bothering it too much.

Due to its distinctive leaves, Feng Shui practitioners commonly utilize this plant as a symbol of good luck and fortune, making it a favorite office decor choice. Commercial spaces also often choose it due to its rugged tropical appearance; several cultivars even boast naturally bent stems if you wish. Furthermore, these houseplants require very minimal care, requiring only watering them when soil becomes dry but being careful not to overwater.

Dracaena Fernwood

Dracaena Fernwood is an excellent choice for novice indoor gardeners as its almost indestructible qualities make it easy to keep alive in any conditions, from warm temperatures to harsh light exposure conditions that would kill off other plants. It can reach 6 feet tall when planted correctly, making an excellent houseplant!

Drainage and aeration are the two critical requirements for the care of this plant, as it requires well-draining cacti or citrus potting soil that allows airflow while remaining dry. Too much watering may cause root rot to occur in its roots.

Fernwood plants can also be susceptible to fungal diseases like mildew and leaf spot. You can avoid these pests by regularly inspecting and removing diseased leaves as soon as they appear, using plant-based insecticides if needed, and getting to know the characteristics of your snake plant before propagating it.

Sansevieria fischeri

Sansevieria fischeri, commonly called Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, is an easy and hardy succulent plant. Preferring warm temperatures but can tolerate low light conditions as well, this beauty prefers sunny locations.

This species of snake plant stands out from its peers by having vertical variegations reminiscent of small ribs along its leaves rather than its typical splotching pattern.

Sansevieria cylindrica, also known as the rhino snake plant, features massive leaves that resemble rhino horns and grow upright in a rosette formation. This variety can reach sizeable proportions when grown indoors as part of an interior landscape plan; its insect-repelling properties often make this choice suitable for planting next to other plants in internal landscape settings.

Dracaena trifasciata

The snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata) is an attractive houseplant with many benefits for air purification, allergy reduction, mental health support, and feng shui. Distinguished by long sword-shaped leaves featuring alternately light and dark green bands on each leaf surface, its low maintenance requirements make this low-care choice suitable even in low-lighting environments or irregular watering schedules.

Tropical species without stems that possess distinctive sword-shaped leaves are known as epiphytic plants, creating a striking look and saving water during the day while increasing the conversion of carbon dioxide to oxygen at night. They’re an excellent choice for indoor gardens due to their ability to close their stomata during daylight and open them at night; they are a perfect choice for carbon dioxide conversion and cold temperature tolerance – they even endure freezing conditions! Unfortunately, their resilience makes them unsuitable for outdoor environments, but excessive direct sunlight may damage their leaves’ protective cuticle shield.

Dracaena ‘Bartel’s Sensation’

Dracaena trifasciata is an easy-care houseplant that thrives in most conditions. Featuring stiff sword-shaped leaves that can grow six inches to 12 feet high depending on variety and cultivar, its upright foliage makes an attractive accent piece in tight corners while simultaneously acting as an air filter to filter pollutants.

This cultivar features dark green leaves trimmed in gold that form an upright rosette with 13 leaves, producing white bottle-shaped spikes of flowers in bloom. Ideal conditions for this cultivar include bright sunlight conditions.

Jade Marginata is a dwarf version of Mother-in-Law’s Tongue with pale green leaves adorned with vertical blue, silver, and white stripes that give this flower its signature look. Perfect for hanging baskets and planters alike in bright light conditions, watering is needed once every week during summer and once every month during winter.

Dracaena ‘Black Gold’

Dracaena ‘Black Gold’ is a cultivar of the standard mother-in-law’s tongue plant. It features dark green leaves with silvery striations that grow upright to form a rosette. Though blooms may occur occasionally, it does not usually produce colors as often as its counterpart.

Eilensis variety resembles its plain mother-in-law’s tongue plant with its distinct coloring and extra leaves per plant, though it grows somewhat taller.

If you want to propagate a snake plant, repot it into fresh, clean soil and place it in medium light without direct sun or drafts. Water it when the ground feels dry – even more often may encourage root formation for faster growth!

Dracaena ‘Black Jack’

Dracaena ‘Black Jack’ is an indoor plant with easy care requirements. For optimal results, bright indirect light and cool temperatures should be provided; low humidity levels are tolerated, too. Direct sun or extreme heat conditions should be avoided, while water should only be applied sparingly to prevent root rot.

The Janet Craig Dracaena is a fast-growing variety that thrives under moderate sunlight and cooler temperatures. Its leaves are dark green with wavy textures. As it matures, its edges fade to white as its edge fades over time, adding additional dimension with alternating light/dark bands for color variation in its foliage.

Metallica Siam Silver Dracaena is an exceptional snake plant variety. Its pale green leaves feature fine gray vertical lines for an eye-catching metallic appearance. This stemless succulent produces reddish-orange berries; though rarely flowering, it makes for an eye-catching houseplant!

Dracaena ‘Black Robusta’

Like its fellow snake plant species, Dracaena ‘Black Robusta’ needs indirect light and rich soil, with less watering and fertilizing requirements than most Dracaena cultivars – making it ideal for houseplant owners with busy lifestyles.

This miniature dracaena boasts several leaves that form a compact rosette, featuring silvery-green foliage with subtle variegation along its margins.

This medium-sized variety resembles more closely the appearance of a dark green snake plant than that of the typical Sansevieria trifasciata plant, with leaves mottled with silver and edged with gold. Formerly, it was known as Sansevieria ‘Futura Superba’.