What is this plant?

jimwritesJanuary 31, 2013

Within the same nursery where we bought this (and a few others like it), two different people identified it differently. I'd really like to know what it is.

We bought one a few nights ago and the woman said it was a Cast Iron plant. My wife loved it and we went back today and picked up a few more. Today the manager said it was a Snake Plant, or Mother in Law plant.

Is it either of these? Leaves are about 8-9" tall right now and the plant in question is the one up front in this image.

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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Can't see your image?

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 11:32PM
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No pic but Aspidistra elatior is known as the Cast Iron plant ???

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 3:14AM
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thefof(NSW Aust)


A pic would be a good idea.
As tedhort says, A. elatior is known as Cast Iron plant.
A. trifasciata and its various cultivars are called either Snake Plant or Mother-in-Laws Tongue.
I have also seen a Dieffenbachia spp tagged as Mother in Law plant.

Post a pic and all the genii (which does NOT include me) on this site will give you a positive ID.


    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 6:22AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Jim, I suspect you browsed your pic, clicked preview, then edited your words. When editing, it's necessary to browse the pic again or it gets lost.

It sounds like Sansevieria to me. If one of these suggestions matches your plant, it would be great if you'd let us know. If not, please try adding your pic again. Just make sure it's visible when you click submit.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 9:15AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

In lieu of a picture, you could look up Sansevieria trifaciata (snake plant, mother in law's tongue) and Aspidistra elatior (cast iron plant) in Google or other search engine.

The pictures you find will answer your own question. Let us know.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 10:07AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Sansevieria has thick fleshy succulent leaves and Aspidistra has wide dark green leaves that are about 18" or more tall. They both are vertical growers but Aspidistra's leaves form a stem just above the ground and Sansevieria's do not.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 5:28PM
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Yes, purpleinopp, I did edit the words and didn't re-browse the pic. Sorry everyone.

I hope it posts this time.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 11:20AM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Sansevieria trifasciata cultivar such as 'Moonshine'.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 11:36AM
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