Mika, a Snake Plant, Sansevieria Fernwood Mikado, or Mother-in-law's tongue, is a smaller cousin to Sirius, Myrtle, Laurence, and Bert in our family of Snake Plants.
The whole family is as tough as they come and will survive almost anything you throw at them. They grow primarily across Africa, which means they're used to both hot and dry conditions.
To deal with the hottest temperatures during the day they actually close their pores stopping any water loss by evaporation. Then, at night when the temperature drops all of its pores open up releasing all the oxygen they've been holding onto - that's why they're such great air purifiers.
Interestingly, Mika is sometimes called a ‘viper’s bowstring hemp’ because his fibres were once used to make strings for bows.
Mika, Sansevieria Fernwood Mikado - Small
Mika can cope with any light conditions you throw at him, ranging from bright sunlight all the way down to shady corners.
If you’re not sure what level of light you have, check the shadows cast by your plant:
- Minimal shadow = lower light
- Half shadow = indirect light
- Full shadow = direct sun