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Krystallea
Apr 6, 2017 10:31 PM CST
Can anyone help me with the name of this plant?
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plantmanager
Apr 6, 2017 10:43 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Krystallea. It looks like a Sansevieria, probably a type of trifasciata. It's commonly called a snake plant or a mother-in-law tongue. This one looks like it's had a hard life!
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Yardenman
Apr 7, 2017 6:06 AM CST
Krystallea said:Can anyone help me with the name of this plant?
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That is definitely a sansevaria for sure, and "snake plant" is the common name. I have several pots of them. Did you have a question about them? They are nearly indestructible.

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Garden10
Apr 7, 2017 11:41 AM CST
Ah, common name depends on the neighborhood! For me, it's lingua di suocera by birth, lengua-de-suegra by friendship! Big Grin And I had one for years that I was wishing would die, and it never did, I finally gave it away -- even I know that this poor thing needs to be spread out into other pots. But look at the size of it, and is it on a patio? We have them as houseplants that can fit on a table.
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greene
Apr 7, 2017 11:58 AM CST
Yep, I call it Snake Plant for the common name but I have also heard it called "Mother-in-Law's Tongue"...not my own mother-in-law of course, as she was a peach. Thumbs up
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tarev
Apr 7, 2017 12:00 PM CST
Yes, in English it is Sansevieria..in my homeland we call it espada, because of its blade-like, sword-like leaves. In my area it needs to be more indoors or shade, over there, it is grown outdoors, can be in containers or inground, and can actually stand being flooded provided temps are always consistently warm like 80F and higher. If I keep it too wet here, it will be dead for sure due to the daily temperature flux.

Lengua means tongue, also accounts for its nickname Mother-in-laws tongue. Smiling
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plantmanager
Apr 7, 2017 12:03 PM CST
Abbey, for me lingua di suocera meant a ribbon type of pasta. I'm half Italian and love the foods my grandmother made. it's hard to find them now.
I have them as houseplants, but some reach almost to the ceiling now. I visited Florida and was amazed to see them growing outside in the ground. Those plants were so happy and healthy!
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Garden10
Apr 7, 2017 12:09 PM CST
Yes, I've heard of that, but never had it, must be from an enemy paese!!! Big Grin I think that's the kind we call margherita. Very territorial bunch, I could hear howls from hell when they started calling perciatelli bucatini -- sorry folks, back to this lovely plant.
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purpleinopp
Apr 7, 2017 5:32 PM CST
Snake plant and mother-in-law's tongue are English names. Sansevieria is its' botanical epithet, in Latin, as are all botanical epithets. Botanical epithets are a way to refer to plants universally worldwide, regardless of ones' location or native language(s).
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Krystallea
Apr 7, 2017 7:33 PM CST
Thank you all! :)

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