Another plant that you will see around and about and seems to thrive in the Lanzarote climate is, to call it by its oficial name Sansevieria trifasciata, otherwise known as mother in laws tongue or snake plant. For someone that has trouble keeping a plant alive, this is a great contender for the terrace as it does not need much looking after. Its native to West Africa and gets its nickname because of the leaves which are long and sharp. Thats not to generalise all mother in laws! which I am sure do not have tongues resembling this plant.
Its a good house plant because the NASA Clean Air Study found S. trifasciata has air purification qualities, removing 4 of the 5 main toxins. By using the crassulacean acid metabolism process, it is one of the few plants which also remove carbon dioxide and produce oxygen at night. Is considered by some authorities as a potential weed in Australia, although widely used as an ornamental, in both the tropics outdoors in both pots and garden beds and as an indoor plant in temperate areas.The plant contains saponins which are mildly toxic to dogs and cats and can lead to gastrointestinal upset if consume