Definition of sansevieria in English:


(also sanseveria)


  • A plant of the genus Sansevieria in the agave family, especially (in gardening) mother-in-law's tongue.

    • ‘Species with leathery leaves such as agaves, aloes, echeverias and sanseverias are the obvious choice because they can tolerate extremes of heat, cold and drought.’
    • ‘If the bathroom is cold for most of the day, choose sansevierias (mother-in-law's tongue) - which will also survive in a poorly lit bathroom - or Nepenthes alata, a carnivorous plant with unusual hanging red traps.’
    • ‘These include cactus, succulents, sansevieria, also known as bowstring hemp, and yucca, none of which is suitable for bathrooms.’
    • ‘Surely, though the best name of all is given to sansevieria hyacinthoides, which grows in a green gaggle of twisted leaves, standing erect like snakes.’
    • ‘I thought someone had placed some sort of fake plant in between some of the flowers, but upon further inspection I noticed that it was indeed part of my sansevieria.’


Modern Latin, named after Raimondo di Sangro (1710–71), Prince of Sanseviero (now Sansevero), Italy.