Snake plant (Sansevieria) is also known by the common names:
- Mother-in-law’s tongue
- Bowstring hemp
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 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 Mother In Laws Tongue Varieties
- Sansevieria hahnii – Bird’s Nest Bowstring Hemp Plant
- Cylindrical Snake Plant – Sansevieria cylindrica
What Does The Flower Look Like, And How Big Does It Get?
When it does bloom, the flowers grow along with tall flower 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 Plant Die After Flowering?
Sansevieria will not die after flowering. The blossoms transition into orange berries.
Here is a Snake Plant which surprised its keeper with blooms indoors.
Here is Mother in Law tongue plant blooming abundantly outdoors in tropical India.