When people ask me, “What plant won’t I kill?” I most often suggest the snake plant (Sansevieria sp.) because it’s—for the most part—forgiving to those that have a blackthumb. It can tolerate lower light conditions, doesn’t require too much watering, and can pretty much ward off any gnawing insect that may plague other members of your plant collection.

That alone ought to make Sansevieria a crowd favorite, but the truth is the leathery, sword-shape succulent, (also referred to as Mother in Law’s Tongue), is under-appreciated from the houseplant entire world. When I visit a plant store, I am not attracted to the snake crops. When I was searching for a plant for odd areas –such as under a narrow strip of wall between two doors and my kitchen sink –I must mention the snake plant arrived in as first option!


Besides fitting in spaces, snake plants are great at cleansing the atmosphere of one. You might have heard concerning the relatively famous (and now classic) 1989 NASA research that sought out ways to stop “sick building syndrome”, which can be a sickness brought on by the off-gassing in buildings or a lot of people in a restricted area. NASA suggested fulfilling the distance of one with plants, and also that picking building materials, clearly, would function. They analyzed the leaves, roots, dirt, and related microorganisms of crops can reduce volatile organic contaminants (VOCs) from the atmosphere. Sansevieria was demonstrated to be specific effective at removing formaldehyde, benzene, and also to some lesser extent TCE.


“Along with fitting in strange areas, snake plants are particularly great at cleaning the air.”

Formaldehyde is a VOC at the house, as household goods published it, one of them plywood and pressed background wood, polyurethane insulation, paper goods, some paints and varnishes cloth, as well as in our makeup. Moreover, you might have recalled reading about the toxins found within the temporary houses of people who were struck by Hurricane Katrina. This has been formaldehyde.


There was an unpublished study in 2006 from Wolverton which came out in response to the unfortunate news that comprehensive an ingenious alternative depending on the NASA research. A plant/air filter was ordered by wolverton trailers very similar to those given to individuals. These air filters comprised in plant growing in a mix of expanded clay pebbles and carbon. He revealed that amounts of formaldehyde were decreased from potentially hazardous levels of 0.18 ppm to 0.03 ppm, in the security limits defined from the World Health Organization. Though Wolverton did not utilize Sansevieria, it has been demonstrated to be a powerful all-natural air purifier, especially in the plant root-soil zone.