Snake plants (aka Sansevieria) are some of our favourite plants for homes. Simply put, snake plants refer to plants that produce leaves that loosely resemble snakes. If you have a fear of snakes fear not as the resemblance is not particularly strong.
Snake plants have a few shared characteristics that we love. They are nearly indestructible when it comes to negligent care. This means they are very hard to kill which is great for beginners! They are particularly good at filtering pollutants in your home, producing some amazingly clean oxygen to keep you and your co-habitants happy and thriving.
Here are 9 of our favourite snake plant varieties. These types of snake plants all share the characteristics listed above, with some individual added bonuses as well!
Snake Plant Laurentii
Possibly the most famous of all the Sansevieria types is this Laurentii. With a fabulously enticing green and yellow leaf arrangement, this plant brightens up any room. It is one of the snake plant varieties that is most adored as it blends in with so many colour schemes and colour palettes.
This plant thrives in all sorts of environments and is super easy to care for. It does not mind humidity, or low light, and does not require frequent watering. This is a fantastic gift for any beginner plant owner.
This snake plant attracts dust and toxins from the air, purifying it in the process. It is remarkable how much dust gathers on the leaves of this waxy plant! NASA has voted this plant as one of the very best for purifying air.
Cylindrical Snake Plant
This visually striking plant looks more like a desert cactus than an indoor plant! The radiant green colour of these leaves really helps it to stand out in a room, with a subtle elegance that is easy on the eyes.
This plant is remarkably low maintenance. Simply chuck it in a pot, water only when the soil is particularly dry, and enjoy! We love having these on our desks to aid with some quiet, focused work.
These plants are very easy to manage in terms of growth. They can grow up to around 1m tall which might make them too large for a shelf, but they work great out in the open of a room.
Hydroponic Mother-in-Law's Tongue with Glass
This futuristic-looking plant is a truly stunning, unique-looking houseplant. The leaves look similar to that of the Laurentii, but this is one of the Sansiveria types that stays in the water. The roots thrive with a constant source of water.
Despite the appearance, this plant is incredibly easy to care for. So much so that many beginners opt for this to be their very first plant. There are many different types of snake plants but they are all easy to care for. When you buy this plant online now you get a glass display case as well!
Snake Plant Zeylanica
This snake plant has more of a darker appearance with dual shades of green. It works nicely as a centrepiece for a table or any sort of common room you have in the house. Once again, this plant is fantastic at absorbing toxins and dust in the air. It is almost counter-intuitive as you’d imagine a plant with foliage would be superior at toxin absorption. Not many are superior to this snake plant, however.
This snake plant is super adaptable and will change its lifestyle depending on where you leave it. It can regulate water consumption incredibly well, making it one of those plants that you hardly have to water. This plant is a perfect gift for a new home as it won’t likely clash with color schemes and it is so easy to love and care for!
Moonshine Snake Plant
One of the newer members of the snake plant family, this plant boasts wonderfully broad, pale green leaves. Originally from West Africa, this snake plant thrives in a variety of environments. This plant would do really well in a room that needed a bit of brightness and colour.
A medium-humidity space would be fantastic, and this snake plant will do all the rest from there. Water when the soil is looking particularly dry, but other than that, it’s a supremely low-maintenance plant.
Snake Plant 'Fernwood Mikado' & Berry Pot
This is the most different-looking of all the snake plants. With small, thin, spiky-looking leaves, this plant is more succulent than a snake plant. It is much darker in appearance, with much less bright green colour dotted across its leaves.
This plant is still good at oxygen absorption, though due to its size, it is much less good at doing so. In addition to this, the mikado plant does like a little bit more humidity. Be very careful not to overwater though! Once every couple of weeks should be sufficient, though checking the soil weekly is a great practice.
Well, there you have the list of our favourite snake plants! We really couldn't recommend them enough as starter plants, gifts, and additions to any house plant collection. Not too many people want to receive a gift that is difficult to look after and maintain! Choose the snake plant and be sure to browse through our amazing collection when doing so!