Snake Plant Flower: The Rare Mother In Law Tongue Flower

Snake plant (Sansevieria) is also known by the common names:

  • Mother-in-law’s tongue
  • Viper Bowstring hemp 
Flower of the snake plant (Sansevieria) tongue plant
Flowers of the Snake Plant | OFranz | DepositPhotos

Most people don’t realize this rugged, ubiquitous houseplant (Sansevieria trifasciata) can sometimes flower. 

This is a rare occasion and will never happen more often than once annually, usually in the springtime, and usually only with plants living outdoors year-round.

Does Anything Special Need To Be Done With The Flower Or Snake Plant?

You’re sure to have seen Mother-in-Laws Tongue or Snake Plants in public settings and on your grandma’s windowsill. 

These plants multiply quickly and can withstand a great deal of neglect. Even low light conditions. 

Neglect is what can often spur the plant to bloom.

No Special Gardening Tips Needed!

When these plants are left to their resources, with little water and plenty of high light levels, they spread quickly and can very rapidly become root-bound. 

This is what often stimulates the plant to bloom.

The reason for this is neglect gives the plant the message it is going to die from drought. 

This motivates it to produce flowers (seeds) to spread and hopefully take root and thrive.

Favorite Sansevieria Varieties

What Does The Flower Look Like, And How Big Does It Get?

When it does bloom, the flowers grow along with tall stalks or spikes. 

The flower stalk grows as tall as 3’ feet high and are covered in small, honeysuckle-like greenish, cream, or white flowers. 

Does It Have A Fragrance?

The blossoms are richly fragrant at night and contain very sweet, sticky nectar, which appears as dew drops on the blossom stems. 

Blossoms close during the daytime and open after dark. 

How Long Do Snake Plants Flowers Last?

There is no information available regarding how long the blooms will last. When they do die back, be sure to prune the flower stalks off at the base to help the plant conserve energy and present a tidier appearance. 

Can The Flower Be Used In Flower Arrangements?

Although these flowers are showy, they are typically not sturdy enough to be used in flower arrangements. 

Enjoy them where they are. 

Does The Snake Plant Die After Flowering? 

Sansevieria will not die after flowering. The blossoms transition into orange berries.

This Snake Plant surprised its keeper with blooms indoors. 

Here is a Snake Plant blooming abundantly outdoors in tropical India. 

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