Most people are familiar with this common green variety of sansevieria, or snake plant. The plant also goes by the common name of mother in law’s tongue, or, less commonly, vipers bowstring. It’s easy to obtain at box stores, grocery stores and garden centers.
Unless you grow the plant in higher light, you probably don’t know that it flowers. Snake plants are amazingly adaptable in terms of light.
While I have said that they practically will grow in a closet (but I wouldn’t test that out–certainly not in a closet with a door!), they will also grow in East or west exposures.
All of mine grow inside in West windows. I have grown them outdoors in eastern exposures as well. Depending on the amount of light, you increase or decrease water accordingly (and if you try the closet, I would withhold all water).
This is a close-up of the flower spike. It’s incredibly beautiful and incredibly fragrant. I have no doubt if this were outdoors, some pollinator would love it, although these plants are native to Africa.
This is probably the most common variety, although this variety with an outer leaf variegation, sansevieria triasciata, is also popular.
Both of these plants can get quite large, although you can often buy them as 2.5″ starter plants. Both of my “monster” sized plants started in these small pots.
Give them bright light and water (because in high light they will need more water) and watch out!