ASK THE BOTANIST
As a trained environmental educator, with a specialty in marine biology, I find BOTANY - or the study of plants - to be an exciting yet at times unfamiliar endeavor for me. So when I have plant related questions (which is often) I have one friend I turn to most, the knowledgeable ZOEY MANSON!
Zoey and I often collaborate on botanical styling, art and plant care, and now I am thrilled to share her wisdom with you all! Every month we will feature a Plant of the Month that we will discuss in more depth. Scroll Down to see the this month's featured Plant of the Month!
We hope you find this page a helpful place to ask your plant related questions, request how-to tutorials, as well as, your favorite plants to feature. Zoey and I are excited to be offering this service to you all, sharing our love for plants and plant wisdoms!
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I began working with plants at Briggs Trees Company, in San Marcos, CA, where I was fully immersed in plant identification authenticating their entire inventory database. From there, I threw myself into planted art, landscape design and customer service working at the beautiful Barrels and Branches nursery in Encinitas, Ca. I am now studying and working full time as an ethnobotanist (someone who studies how people from different cultures use plants) at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, Ca.
PLANT OF THE MONTH:
Sansevieria - "Snake Plant"
Sansevieria - commonly referred to as Snake Plant or Mother In Law Tongue - is one of my favorite succulents for indoor botanical decor.
Here are some reasons why I adore Sansevieria:
1. They are extremely hardy and tolerant of both bright sun and deep shade.
2. They appreciate neglectful watering (seriously, you can water these guys once a month and they're good to go!)
3. They encompass a huge variety of specific types, with varying hues, heights and even textures.
4. These are super air purifiers according to NASA Clean Air Study! Sansevieria are one of many plants able to purify indoor air from toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene.
5. Unlike most plants, they continue to absorb carbon dioxide during the night, making these a great bedroom plant. Leaves can be toxic so keep away from young children or pets.
SANSEVIERIA are a genus of about 70 different types of flowering plants that are native to Madagascar, Africa and southern Asia. They typically reproduce by clustering, sending shoots of new plantlets off from their roots.
The many varied species of Sansevieria are generally separated into two types; hard leaved and soft leaved.
*typically native to dry regions
*thick, hard and succulent leaves that store water and reduce moisture loss
*leaves are oftens shorter and more cylindrical in shape
*typically native to tropical and sub-tropical regions
*wider, thinner and softer leaves
*typically grow much larger and more clustering than hard leaved types