The Q&A Archives: Sanseaveria or Aspidistra?

Question: "Mother-in-law's tongue" and/or "dragon plant"...Do these common names refer to sanseveria or aspidistra? I think I have confused the two. One of them always appears in old cleaner/taylor's shops and I'm not sure which. Are aspidistras like "peace" plants? I have been unable to find pictures or either. Would you have a drawing or picture of each and information on their common names? I have been thinking about this niggling problem(for me) for a Number of Years! Thank you for "being there".

Answer: Sansevieria triffasciata laurentii is Mother-in-Law's Tongue, a tough plant with thick, upright leaves. Dragon Plant is Dracaena draco, also with tough, sword shaped leaves, but the foliage arches downward. Aspidistra is also known as Cast Iron Plant. The leaves of this plant have prominent ribs and a rolled base.

You might visit the following website for pictures of each of these houseplants:

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