General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 2 to 6 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Other: Flowering is erratic. Unlike plants such as agave which die after flowering, Sansevieria will simply cease to produce new leaves. The flowered plant will continue to grow by producing plantlets via its rhizomes or stolons.
Flower Color: White
Other: White, tinged with pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Leaf
Stolons and runners
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Prefers to be under-potted

Common names
  • Snake Plant
  • African Spear
  • Spear Orchid
  • Skyline Spear
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Dracaena angolensis
  • Synonym: Sansevieria cylindrica
  • Synonym: Sansevieria cylindrica var. patula

Photo Gallery
Location: Indoors - San Joaquin County, CA
Date: 2023-02-03
Close-up of blooming Dracaena
Location: Indoors - San Joaquin County, CA
Date: 2023-02-03
First time indoor bloom for my Dracaena cylindrica patula
Location: Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg
Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6b
Date: 2023-09-06
Braided Snake Plant

Date: 2021-03-27
Location: The Natural State
Date: 2019-08-20
Thank you to Gene (gasrocks), for sharing!
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: January 25, 2012
The blooms on this Sansevieria are intensely fragrant at night.
Location: Miami, FL
Date: 2020-04-25
Photo by Hamwild
Location: The Natural State
Date: 2019-09-13

sweet scent at night

Date: 2021-03-27
Photo by sedumzz

Date: 2010-07-10
Some of the emerging new growth
Location: At home - San Joaquin County, CA
Date: Apr 2014-Apr2015
Growth update of my Sans cylindria 'Patula'
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Botanical Garden near Brussels)
Date: 2023-01-17
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Botanical Garden near Brussels)
Date: 2023-01-17
Photo by sedumzz
Photo by sedumzz

Date: 2010-05-01
Juvenile leaves will form from the cuttings
Location: Mom-in-law's garden - Pasig City, Philippines
Date: 2014-03-18
Pretty Sansevieria cylindrica
Photo by sedumzz

Date: 2010-02-18
The plant shortly after I bought it.  A pot full of mature leaf c
Location: Houseplant
Date: 2016-10-26
4 month old seedling. I hand self-pollinated my houseplant, plant

Date: 2011-08-18
Juvenile foliage

Date: 2014-03-04

Date: 2014-03-04
Location: South-Africa - Thornwood
Date: 2017-01-28
I suppose it escaped - but near its original habitat

Date: 2014-03-04
Photo by Cinta
Photo by Plantomaniac08
Location: Frankfurt Botanical Garden
Date: 2018-01-29
Location: Holmes Beach FL
Date: 2015-03-12
Location: Botanical Garden Meise (Belgium)
Date: 2017-02-11
Location: Botanical Garden Meise (Belgium)
Date: 2017-02-11

Date: 2014-03-04
Location: Botanical Garden Meise (Belgium)
Date: 2017-02-11
  • Posted by greene (Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) - Zone 8b) on Aug 17, 2013 6:53 PM concerning plant:
    I received this plant as a Nga-Chang and found no joy in researching by that name. Once armed with the botanical name, I was able to back-track and found that Nga-Chang translates to 'one ivory', indicating that the plant looks like one ivory tusk of an elephant.
Plant Events from our members
kniphofia On February 18, 2012 Obtained plant
Obtained as an awful "pot of cuttings" that you see in the garden centre. It has grown a lot of fan shaped juvenile leaves
Suga On August 17, 2016 Obtained plant
yenzie On September 12, 2017 Obtained plant
Bought at Ikea
hlutzow On February 13, 2021 Obtained plant
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