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What is this plant?

Posted by jimwrites (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 31, 13 at 23:03

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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RE: What is this plant?

Can't see your image?

RE: What is this plant?

No pic but Aspidistra elatior is known as the Cast Iron plant ???

RE: What is this plant?


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.


RE: What is this plant?

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.

RE: What is this plant?

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.

RE: What is this plant?

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.

RE: What is this plant?

Yes, purpleinopp, I did edit the words and didn't re-browse the pic. Sorry everyone.

I hope it posts this time.

RE: What is this plant?

Sansevieria trifasciata cultivar such as 'Moonshine'.

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