Bringing the Outdoors Indoors: Snake Plant

This carefree succulent plant tolerates neglect extremely well. If you've had no success with houseplants other than plastic ones, give snake plant a try. In addition to the tall form pictured here, shorter, bird's-nest forms are available. All types withstand low light but appreciate brighter conditions. The only problem likely to develop is root rot if you overwater the plant.

Why We Love It: It's nearly indestructible and has architectural, sword-shaped leaves

Name: Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii'

Growing Conditions: Low to bright light; 60-85 degrees F.; allow the soil surface to dry between waterings

Size: To 4 feet tall and wide