Sansevieria 'Fernwood Mikado'

Common Name: mother-in-law's tongue 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asparagaceae
Zone: 10 to 12
Height: 3.00 to 4.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: Rarely flowers indoors
Bloom Description: Rarely flowers indoors
Sun: Part shade
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Leaf: Colorful, Evergreen


Best grown in well-draining, sandy loams in bright, indoor locations or partly shaded outdoor locations. Avoid afternoon sun. Water regularly during the growing season but allow the soil to dry out completely in between waterings during winter. Hardy in warm, frost free locations in Zones 10-12. Easily grown as an indoor houseplant in cooler climates. Place outdoors in a shady location for the summer. Propagate through division of offsets or leaf cuttings.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Sansevieria is a genus of around 70 species of evergreen, succulent perennials native to seasonally dry regions of Africa, Madagascar, and southern Asia. Many species have traditionally been used to produce fiber, and many are now used as ornamentals.

Genus name honors an 18th-century Italian patron of horticulture.

'Fernwood Mikado' is a clump forming, hybrid selection of snake plant that features upright to slightly arching, cylindrical, dark green leaves with contrasting lighter green stripes. Mature clumps will reach up to 4' tall and spread to fill a 3' area.


Overwatering often causes root rot. Watch for mealybugs and spider mites.


Good low-maintenance indoor plant.