Snake plant, Mother-in-law's nose
Probably the toughest and most tolerant house plant you can find, it is virtually indestructible and it's a good-looker too. Its attractive patterned leaves don't flop or spread so it's great for tight spaces, or where you want something upright. Occasionally called Snake plant because of the shape of it's leaves it is more frequently called Mother-in-Laws Tongue due to the sharpness of the leaves. It thrives on neglect and is drought tolerant, disliking excessive watering (drench once a week and allow to dry out between watering's). Short spikes of small fragrant tubular greenish-white flowers can appear in summer. In Haitian Vodou and Yoruba mythology, due to its bladelike shape, it is commonly associated with Ogum, the deity of war (usually associated with Saint George), and is used in rituals to remove the evil eye. A yellow-tipped variant is known as espada-de-santa-barbara (sword-of-saint-barbara), and is associated with Iansan/Oya, the female deity of storms (usually associated with the sword-bearing image of Saint Barbara). In the past it was also used as a source of hemp, the plant fibre used to make bowstrings.