Sansevieria trifasciata
Snake Plant

Ruscaceae

Sansevieria trifasciata

Sansevieria trifasciata, or Snake Plant, is native to Africa. It has stiff, sword-shaped leaves to 4 feet (over 1 m) long by 2.75 inches (7 cm) wide. The thick, patterned leaves are dark green banded with gray green. The common name snake plant comes from the banding which resembles some snakeskins. It is a tough and durable plant that can withstand a wide array of conditions.

Blooming Time: The flowers are greenish-white and are on 18-inch spikes in spring.

Culture: Sansevieria trifasciata will survive in a wide range of conditions. They can tolerate low light condition and are very drought tolerant. In the greenhouse, we grow ours under 52% shade with a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. Plants are watered every other week during the growing season. Plant are fertilized only once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer. During the winter months, the plants are given only enough water to keep the foliage from wilting.

Propagation: Sansevieria trifasciata are propagated by division of rhizomes at anytime of the year.

Sansevieria trifasciata was featured as Plant of the Week April 25-May 1, 2003.

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