Saturday, June 2nd, 2007...4:36 am

Mother-in-Law Plant



TheGardenLady received this question from Beverly.

I have a mother-in-law plant that has funny looking flowers that came up. It is sweet smelling. But it attracts wasps!! i have never heard or seen one bloom. Can you tell me where I can see a picture of the flower ?

Congratulations on your Sansevieria’s (mother-in-law’s tongue plant’s) blooming. You are treating your plant well to have it bloom.  A website that shows the flower is this.

The flower has so much nectar and sweetness, I would imagine that it would attract bees or wasps. I kept my plant indoors when it was in bloom so that my house benefited from the fragrance and no insect came near the flower.

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  • How did it get its name?

  • My mother-in-law is blooming. It is mid August. I just noticed the stem coming up, I didn’t know they did bloom!! I’m glad its happy:) And I must be doing something right!

  • I have had this plant for almost 40 years and this is the first blooming year for this old thing. Love the bloom and will try for others.

    Gail Lloyd
    Foxanna Farm
    Rockville, Va. 23146

  • I Googled this plant to check on this new first-time bloom I’ve noticed, and voila! I found this site and the answer to my question! Great. Thank you, Garden Lady. And yes, my plant is indoors and the picture is exactly as what I have.

    And, I think it’s nicknamed the “mother-in-law plant” because (my take): If you rub up on it the wrong way, those sharp tongue ‘blades” for leaves will CUT you! LOL. The edges of those blades are sharp, and it cut my arm one time.

  • I have a plant that I thought was a mother-in-law tongue. It’s leaves are similar but it has a stem in the middle with a reddish, scaled flower about 4 ” high.
    I don’t know what it is or how to care for it. Leaves are darker green than I remember old plant I had but the ends of leaves are turning brown. Are you able to tell me from this description what this is and how to care for it. I bought it at church auction w/o instructions.

  • Ours is blooming and it is October I noticed today it has sap droplets on the blooms I thought it was water at first
    we have had our plant for 15 years and it has never bloomed

  • I have one that is just starting to bloom, but I just received it back from my mom, who was definitely not taking care of it. I don’t think she would be able to recall the last time it was watered, and it has not seen fertilizer once in it’s life… Of that I am sure. The bloom was coming up before I got it back, so I was pretty impressed that is was able to.

  • I’m freaking out because my plant is blooming, too! I’ve never seen a Mother-in-Law’s Tongue bloom before. Both of my plants belonged to my mother, and I’m not sure how many years she had them. I keep both plants inside during the winter, then move them out to the deck after the danger of frost has passed. I was thinking possibly some drifting seeds had landed in the pot and something foreign was growing in there! There are about six flower stalks shooting up. I can’t wait until they bloom and I can check out the fragrance!

  • My mother left me with all her house plants when she passed away. One of them was a Mother-in-law plant. We have had this plant for over 55 years and I have never seen it bloom. I thought some other seeds got dropped into the planter, but after some time noticed the flowers were actually part of the plant. My flowers have no smell but are a light lime green in color. Someone told me that it only bloomed when it was root bound. Is this true? I’d be interested in hereing from you.

  • my mother in laws tongue is flowering for the first time. I recently repotted it when I noticed that the plant was pushing its original pot totally out of shape and it also had an offshot which I have repotteda s well. I totally neglect it and at times forget its is there.

  • I moved to North dakota 2yrs ago and had to leave my plant behind, until earlier this summer. My b.f. brought it back with him on a visit. But he had to cut it down some to make room for it in the truck( it was too tall) Low and behold it started to bloom! She most of missed me or something.Lol! I didn’t know they could have flowers. It is so cool!

  • We have had our mother inlaw since about 7 yrs now as long as our marriage. I named her Eva after my mother inlaw passed 3 yrs ago. It has grown so tall, big & healthy for yrs, but today my mother noticed while standing on my front porch, that Eva had a stalk with buds ready to bloom. Wow it was a surprise for me & my husband especially my mom who has a greem thumb. We had never seen one that bloomed. After looking through a lil more, I screamed with shocking excitement, it had about 5 more stalks also ready to bloom. Well, I guess my mother inlaw’s tongue could never stop talking, yet she is gone to heaven , she still has something to say. I Love my mother inlaw & also my beautiful mother inlaw plant named after her. ” Grow in, Eva, and don’t stop talking, we miss you 2.

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