Planty Profiles: Everything you need to know about Sansevieria
Hey Jungle Curators! You've seen the Snake Plant, right? Love it or hate it, it's all over the place. And for good reason, it's practically indestructible and comes in a range of sculptural, minimalist varieties ideal for everything setting from the local bank to your hippest insta-worthy shelfie. I've put together a little guide to it's care, history, and some other fun factoids for you to enjoy 😉First of all, let's go over my top three reasons why the Snake Plant is awesome: 1) I think they are absolutely beautiful. Especially the Robusta and the Whale Fin, but all of them are simple, clean, and modern looking and perfect for that big, statement planter you've been longing to fill 2) This is such an incredible office plant. From the low light tolerance to being able to go without water for ages, they can survive the darkest cubicle and provide even the most tentative new plant parent with confidence! Plus they help clean the air? What more could you ask for? 3) I love any plant that can be easily shared. Not to shoot myself in the foot (please do keep buying from us!), but you really don't ever need to buy another one after your first, because they spread quickly and are so easy to propagate! So get sharing! Now, on to some background: History Native to parts of Africa, Asia, and Arabia, the Sansevieria was named after the 18th century Prince of Sanseviero, an Italian scientist and inventor, Raimondo di Sangro. Because they're crazy hardy, they've actually become categorized as invasive species all over the world. They can tolerate most light conditions, extreme heat, and drought. They also spread like mad, have minimal nutrient requirements, and are super pest resistant. So basically, the ideal houseplant, but not really something you want competing with native species on say, an island or atoll, where they can do serious damage. They've been used for everything from commercial fiber for rope to traditional medicine. It's believed they were introduced to North America all the way back in the 18th century, and were commercialized in Florida in the 1920s. Can't you just picture a giant Robusta gracing Katherine Hepburn's living room or Cary Grant's porch? Sigh. Someday, I'm going to find time to research houseplants in 1930s Hollywood. Back to real life though, the Snake Plant is also one of the stars of the NASA clean air study, where it removed 4 of the 5 toxins identified as part of