Sansevieria zeylanica, more commonly identified as bowstring hemp, is an evergreen perennial plant. It’s native to the South East Asian Region, especially found in India and Sri Lanka. It`s a relative of the “mother in law’s tongue“.
Sometimes called bowstring hemp, sansevieria zeylanica is a common houseplant. The dark-green, long leaves of the bowstring hemp are upright, sturdy, and sword-shaped. Horizontal creamy wave-like stripes are dappled across the surface. The leaves also have pointed tips. While technically a flowering plant, Sansevieria zeylanica seldom blooms. On the rare occasion that it does, it produces greenish-white, fragrant flowers. It’s grown in tropical countries for its medicinal and fiber qualities. The dried rhizomatic roots are used to make antiseptic ointments. Fibers in the leaves are used to make cloth, mats, paper pulp and even sails. Like snake plant and other sansevierias, it is mildly toxic when eaten.