Monther Tongue (Sanseveira trifasciata)
Sanseveira(also known as snake plant or mother-in-law's tongue) is one of the most popular and hardy species of houseplants. It features stiff leaves that range from six inches to eight feet tall, depending on the variety. Snake plants vary in color but usually have green banded leaves and commonly feature a yellow border. These plants are easy to take care and nearly indestructible; they will thrive in either very bright light or almost dark corners of the house. If repotting, do so in the spring.
Snake plants may even improve your health and well-being. They were first cultivated and kept as treasured houseplants in China because it was believed the eight gods bestowed their virtues (long life, prosperity, intelligence, beauty, art, poetry, health, and strength) upon those who grew the plant. In 1989 sansevieria was chosen by NASA for a study on how plants can be used for air purification and to combat "sick building syndrome."1 According to joint studies run by the University of Georgia and Yonsei University, snake plant has a demonstrated ability to remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air.