Plant recommendation: A snake plant that looks like a bunch of fingers

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Snake plants are beloved for both their style and their toughness: They generally do OK even if your plant care skills are a little embarrassing. But not every snake plant has the flat, striped leaves you've probably seen on Instagram.

There are over 70 types of snake plant, each of which falls under the genus Sansevieria. The most well-known variety is Sansevieria trifasciata, which is sometimes called "mother-in-law's tongue." (In Latin, trifasciata means "three bundles," which refers to the leaves' growth pattern.)

But if you're feeling a bit of trifasciata fatigue, or if you've put so many in your apartment that it would look weird if you added another, here's another snake plant to consider: Sansevieria cylindrica, which is also called the African spear plant. It's less common nickname is "dragon fingers," which sounds a little more badass than the plant's actual appearance. Read more...

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