The Q&A Archives: Maternity Plant

Question: Want to find information on what I know as a "maternity plant" Green leaves with air roots, grows baby plants under the leaf which drop off and start new plants of the same. Very hardy plants, don't require much water to survive, very prolific. Baby plants are about 1/4" in height when they drop off the parent. Can grow to be 6" to 8" (largest mine ever got).

Given to me by my mother approximately 20 years ago, lost in several moves. Mother had stroke and doesn't even remember the plant. Have never seen one since. She called it a maternity plant.

Local nursery did not recognize it and didn't find it under common names (not a maternity vine).

Answer: I wonder if what you call maternity plant is Mother of Thousands. If so, it's Saxifraga sarmentosa. There are several varieties and many are grown as houseplants. They're very easy to care for, are very slow-growing, and all produce baby plants in abundance. Saxifraga grows in cool to average household temperatures, prefers bright light (but not direct sunshine), lots of water during spring and summer but very little water during winter. Hope this is the plant you're referring to!

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