Sansevieria trifasciata, a.k.a. mother-in-law's tongue
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Pro Very low upkeep
Snake plants tolerate low light, require very little water, and prefer small pots.
Pro Filters airborne toxins
S. trifasciata was found effective for filtering benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethyline, xylene and toluene from its environment by the 1989 Nasa Clean Air Study.
Con Easily killed by overwatering
Snake plants prefer dry environments, and are highly susceptible to rot in wet soil.
Con Mildly toxic
S. trifasciata contains saponins which cause pain, salivation and nausea when ingested. In pets and children this can progress to vomiting and diarrhea.