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Monday, May 21, 2012

Sansevieria trifasciata- Blooming!

There are SO many cool things from the past two weeks to share, I'll probably throw them in on days when not much has happened here. Wait, what am I saying? I rolled out of bed, caught up on some email, paid bills, made a shopping list, met someone to check out a place where I'm leading a botany walk on Thursday, came home and took a poison ivy shower (!), went grocery shopping, took care of all the stuff, cooked a soup for my dinners this week, walked the dog twice, printed out work tickets for my "real" job, and then settled in to read a few blogs, start a plant checklist for Thursday, and blah, blah, blah. Stuff happened here, but I'm just going to show you this anyway. So there.

This is an ordinary Mother-in-law's Tongue, Snake Plant, or whatever you like to call it. It's Sansevieria trifasciata, a native of western Africa. Most anyone with houseplants has one.

Sansevieria trifasciata

However, Marie's decided to bloom this year, which is rather rare. Her plant is really rootbound, and with some succulents, like "hens and chicks" that is almost a prerequisite for blooming.

Hers has about five of these stalks, all of them exuding those droplets, which are sticky. It's just sap, and many plants will produce the drops if there is high root pressure. The drops are just water and plant sugars.

Sansevieria trifasciata

One of the blossoms was starting to open before I left. I think it will open farther and the stamens lengthen until it looks almost like a starburst. Hopefully, Marie will take more pictures.

Sansevieria trifasciata

I have a chunk taken from the same plant. I wonder if mine will bloom one of these days.

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Lin said...

I had one of those plants years ago and got it from.....are you ready?....my mother-in-law. :) Mine bloomed too, but only once.

rainfield61 said...

This is a common plant over here which needs little watering.

Chuck said...

Interesting! I've never seen one in bloom before.

Pat Carroll Marcantel said...

How delicious! The snake plants have been around me all of my life, but never have I seen one bloom. Thanks for sharing.

Petra said...

I've always called mine a sword plant, but I'm plant challenged, haha. I still have my mom's. It must be fifty years old. It just started blooming a couple of years ago. Crazy. And those seeds are super sticky. Hope you're having a blessed week!

Ann said...

Wow, you sure accomplished a lot today.
I'm not good with houseplants but I do believe that I killed one of those years ago. I don't think I've ever seen one that bloomed

M.Hilton said...

Very impressed - both with what you can do with the plants, as well as how beautiful those pictures are! Thx for stopping by Chase and More :)

vanilla said...

I've never seen one in bloom. Thank you for this post.

Gardeners Land said...

we love to plant, but when it comes to indoor planting, so far we never got that much luck at all, most of our plants are outside. i hope to try growing indoors again one of these days

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