When it comes to houseplants I have a brown thumb, but one that has managed to survive is sansevieria, also called mother-in-law’s tongue or snake plant. Like so many plants that are easy to grow, sansevieria runs the risk of being over used and clich‚, but used in large containers and presented boldly, the mother-in-law’s tongue can be quite dramatic. The strong vertical lines of the foliage provide texture, line, and rhythm in the home just as comparable vertical elements such as Japanese iris and New Zealand flax provide it in the garden.

I can’t think of another houseplant that is as low light tolerant and no pampering is necessary. I water mine about once a month and feed it two times a year.