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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

W/W - Mother-in-law's Tongue


This weird plant is called Mother-in-law's tongue because of its sharp tips which are usually covered in egg shells, a common sight in many Malaysian gardens. I have often wondered about the significance of this practice but was told that it's merely for decorative purposes.
Interestingly, while googling for more info on this plant, I learned that there is also a pasta that shares the same amusing name - Lingue di Suocera which translates as Mother-in-law's tongue because of its long, twisted and sharp edges.

21 comments:

alissa apel said...

I've never seen or heard of such a plant or pasta! So cool!

Lin said...

I was wondering what that was on the tips! Why do they do that there? I have never seen eggs put those plants!

Ai Sakura said...

Cute. I've seen these plants around but never with the egg shells haha

L. said...

A sharp-edged plant called MIL's tongue? Perfect! :D

Felissa Hadas said...

I have seen the plant before as decorative greenery but have never seen them with eggs covering the sharps ends. Very interesting thank you for sharing.

Trisha said...

Never heard of this, you learn something new everyday!

aureliaeugenia said...

Hello,one should never forget ,someday can be a mother in law!!
How about the pasta?
What canbe happening if you eat it?
hugs,aureliaeugenia

Clairejustine said...

Never heard of this,thanks for sharing :)

MissMOE said...

I've seen those plants called snakes' tongues. They are almost impossible to kill! Never seen them with eggs though. Learned something new--thanks for sharing.

Steph said...

my aunt has these plants -- always thought they were a type of aloe! And I never knew the name... very interesting name indeed! :)

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

Haha! This definitely ISN'T my MILs because she's one of my dearest friends.
I've seen that plant in the Philippines, too - but I don't know what it's called.

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My Journey With Candida said...

My mother always called it a snake plant and the little minature ones that kind of look like that one was called a birds nest.

I have never seen the pasta like that but it looks pretty.

Bree said...

what a perfect name, lol.
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kristi said...

That's an interesting looking plant. Great photo. Thanks for stopping by to comment. Have a great evening!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I am familiar with this plant and its name,and have had these, but had never seen any with the eggshells on the tips...a great idea though, since they are so very sharp!

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Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Be a friend with your mother in law's tongue! They last long and look good:) Yes I always wondered about the egg shells.

Mimi B said...

Well a MIL's tongue has a tendency to be pretty sharp. I'd cover it up, too as a plant. Kind of symbolic. LOL =)Those are really cool!

Nolie said...

Love how it got its name.

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kijjet said...

That is hilarious and the eggshells on the tips. it makes it look almost alien!

MsXpat said...

LOL, very interesting. Do are mother in laws really like that ;0)

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