Introduction- 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. Snake plants are often used as home decor as they’re pleasing to the eye, easy to care for, and require little water to survive.

These plants are considered to be relatively safe, but they’re mildly toxic consumed safe, but they’re mildly toxic if consumed. Their leaves contain a poison that can cause swelling and numbness on the tongue if eaten in large doses; it’s wise to keep this plant away from children and animals that are prone to nibble. Snake plant is a very tolerant plant that is hard to kill. It can survive low light levels, drought and generally being ignored; they will even reward your neglect by helping to clean the air in your home.

Filter indoor air, even at night- Similar to other household succulents, snake plant help to filter indoor air. What’s unique about this particular plant is that it’s one of the few plants that can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen at night. This quality makes it an ideal plant for bedroom decor as it can help regulate healthy airflow.

Helps fight allergies and sick building syndrome- Snake plant absorbs toxins and releases oxygen, The plant may releases moisture in the air and lessens airborne allergies. Persons with allergies, therefore should find a friend in such plants because they are a natural and cheap way to stay healthy.

Caring for a snake plant- Perhaps one of the most popular reasons people include snake plants in their decor is that they’re low maintenance, requiring little attention to grow. They’re resilient, hardy plants and can survive in relatively dry environments. Both indoors and out. If you plan to have a snake plant in your home, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:-

Don’t overwater- Too much water is this plant’s weakness. Place a snake plant in a well-drained pot to avoid overwatering as it can cause rotting. Only water the soil when it’s completely dry.

Indirect sunlight is best- Partial sun, works best for snake plants. Though, it can still grow in darker corners or in brighter window areas. If completely shaded, the plant can dull and the leaves may become a bit floppy.

Mr. Priyank, B.Sc. (Honors) – V Sem., School of Agricultural Sciences, Career Point University, Kota

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