We have the Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) growing in our yard, it is also called Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, but we call it Monkey Fiddle in Jamaica. It is called Snake plant because of the shape of its leaves. The Snake plant is native to West Africa where it is used as a protective charm against evil or bewitchment. It is also used in African rituals to remove the evil eye.
All parts of the Snake plant are poisonous if ingested, and handling may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction in some persons.The Snake plant is an ornamental plant that is easy to grow and care; it requires little sunlight and irregular watering, and it is drought tolerant. Regardless, we grow this plant in our yard as a hedge, in full sun.
The Snake plant grows well indoors and outdoors. When grown indoors, the Snake plant is one of the best plants for improving indoor air quality by passively absorbing toxins such as Nitrogen oxides and Formaldehyde (usually found in automobiles). Although the Snake plant produces a stem with cream blossoms, its flowers are sterile. New plants are grown from rhizomes, tubers and leaf cuttings.