General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Plant Height: 2 to 4 feet (61-122cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Fruit: Other: Orange
Flowers: Showy
Inconspicuous
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
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Other: Can bloom throughout the year in tropics.
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Houseplant
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Leaf
Division
Stolons and runners
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Prefers to be under-potted

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Common names
  • Snake Plant
  • Sansevieria
  • Mother-in-Law's Tongue
  • Saint George's Sword
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Dracaena trifasciata
  • Synonym: Sansevieria trifasciata
  • Synonym: Sansevieria trifasciata var. laurentii
  • Synonym: Sansevieria laurentii

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Location: Aberdeen, NC (my houseplants 2023)
Date: August 6, 2023
Snake plant #63 nn & #3 hp; LHB p. 241, 34-7-?, "Greek for female
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2018-11-18
Cut leaves propagated in water
Location: Victoria, BC
Date: 2022-05-06

Date: 2010-01-27
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2018-08-18
Roots on a cut leaf in water
Location: N Ga
Date: 06/30/2008
Full plant
Location: Northwest N.J.
Date: 2020-01-01
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Date: 2022-03-04
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2023-01-16
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA, cold damage
Location: Canoga Park, California
Date: 2015-06-30
Location: Mandan, ND
Date: 2008-08-18
Location: St. Augustine, FL
Date: 2021-05-30
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA Spotted in sunny St. Augustine, FL, with

Date: 2023-07-07
Location: Aberdeen, NC (my house plants 2023)
Date: July 26, 2023
Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata) # tba
Location: Arkansas
Date: 2019-08-10
S. trifasciata, with a little Moonshine in the back 'a the pot
Uploaded by ljones26
Location: Aberdeen, NC (my house plants 2023)
Date: July 24, 2023
Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata) # tba
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-11-23
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Date: Feb 3, 2012
Taken at Home Grown Gardens Nursery
Uploaded by ShadyGreenThumb
Uploaded by ljones26
Uploaded by Stush2019

Date: 2013-02-09
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA, The rhizomes are tangled and contorted f

Date: 2008-09-22
Location: St. Augustine, FL
Date: 2021-05-30
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA, Sunny Sans in St. Augustine, FL
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2021-07-08
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Date: 2021-10-17
Started from leaf cuttings.
Location: In my home, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-05-16
More than 45 years old
Location: Opp. AL
Date: 2013
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-12-26
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA
Location: Aberdeen, NC
Date: June 13, 2022
Snake plant #63 nn & #3 hp; LHB p. 241, 34-7-?, "Greek for female
Location: N Ga
Date: 06/30/2008

Unknown cultivar.
Location: Canoga Park, California
Date: 2015-06-30
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Date: 2013-05-06
divisions planted around 2003-4, so about 10 years old, blooms
Location: Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2011-11-10
  • Uploaded by Joy

This is an unknown cultivar, a pup that was recently removed from
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa. 
Date: Summer, 2011
stem cutting starts
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2014-11-20
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2018-07-20
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA, roots have formed in water a few weeks a
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-01-20
Location: Sunriver Nursery, Orem, Utah
Date: 2011-11-11
Uploaded by ShadyGreenThumb
Location: Mysore, India
Date: 2007-06-13
I had planted along the west yard.  I had to remove them when the
Uploaded by Paul2032
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-04-21
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-07-08
Location: Coastal San Diego County

Date: 2023-07-07
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-07-24
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-07-24
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA
Location: Opp. AL
Date: 2013-07-18
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA
Uploaded by aocain
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-11-17
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-11-17
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-11-20
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA, Propagated leaf, after about 5-6 months
Location: Opp. AL
Date: 2012-10-14
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA, Roots and baby rosette forming on cuttin
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2014-09-26
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA, All of the whiter parts are new this sum
Location: Newport News, VA
Date: 2014-02-13
My snake plant set in the pot it will be moving to.

Date: 2011-10-06

Date: 2009-10-28
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2014-10-16
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA
Location: Opp. AL
Date: 2013-01-02
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA
Location: Opp. AL
Date: 2012-10-14
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA, Leaf propagated in shallow water is maki
Location: Opp. AL
Date: 2013-01-11
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA, Leaf tips damaged by cold, about 38 F.
Location: Opp. AL
Date: 2014-01-03
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA
Location: Our Ranch
Date: 2010-06-01
Location: Our Ranch
Date: 2010-06-01
Uploaded by sedumzz
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2010-01-24
Location: Opp. AL
Date: 2014-08-11
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA, Mama plant put in ground in April.  New
Location: Opp. AL
Date: 2013-09-13
SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA
Uploaded by ShadyGreenThumb
Location: Sunriver Nursery, Orem, Utah
Date: 2011-12-08
Location: Cypress Gardens, Florida

Date: 2012-12-17
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2016-06-30

Date: 2023-07-07
Location: Houston area
Date: 2012-11-16
Location: South-Africa - St-Lucia Crocodile Centre
Date: 2017-01-20
Lousy pic, but (semi?)-wild plant. In the wild but cannot exclude

Date: 2012-12-17

Date: 2012-12-17
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Comments:
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Nov 23, 2011 3:00 PM concerning plant:
    Like some other members of its genus, S. trifasciata yields bowstring hemp, a strong plant fiber once used to make bowstrings.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Oct 26, 2011 2:33 PM concerning plant:
    In good summer light, tall spikes of pale green flowers and orange berries appear. This plant grows best in a small pot.
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on May 3, 2022 11:12 PM concerning plant:
    Long-leafed plant from tropical West Africa with an upright rosette and white flowers. Leaves are mottled or banded green but a great variety of variegated and color forms have been selected in cultivation, many with their own names. Some of these forms are unstable and will revert to others.

    This plant generally does better when given protection from the sun outside. Though it will survive here in full sun, it just looks bleached and sad given that much exposure. It does enjoy bright light, though. It does very well indoors given a bright location, and even when light is somewhat limiting. An extremely popular and durable house plant. Propagated by division of clumps or leaf cuttings.

    Until 2017 this and about 70 other species were members of the genus Sansevieria, which has now been lumped with Dracaena. It will usually be found under the old name in cultivation.
  • Posted by skopjecollection (SE europe(balkans) - Zone 6b) on Jul 7, 2023 12:08 PM concerning plant:
    Observation notes: It took about....6-7 years for a new offshoot rosette to reach maturity and bloom. It has not been in ideal conditions (but not poor either). Spent most of its time in a bright room (but not near a window), and sped up its growth in the last couple of years after being moved outside. It took 3 weeks or so for the stalk to fully develop and bloom. The flowers themselves opened in quick succession one after another in the span of an hour once the temperature dropped after a sudden rain. I assume it might be pollinated by nocturnal animals, given the pale flowers.
Plant Events from our members
skylark On June 1, 2004 Transplanted
divided mixed pot of S. laurentii and trifasciata
mscuser73 On December 1, 2017 Bloomed
lemonFresh On March 29, 2017 Obtained plant
SuperHappyCamper On September 23, 2021 Obtained plant
Received from purpleinopp
WebTucker On August 7, 2023 Bloomed
WebTucker On June 13, 2022 Obtained plant
green_redfoxx On May 11, 2023 Obtained plant
Nanny bought and brought it for me, repotted a couple days later
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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that is a great picture by Dutchlady1 Oct 6, 2011 8:56 AM 1
seeds by Stush2019 Nov 20, 2011 12:05 PM 0
How tall can these get? by dirtdorphins Apr 10, 2018 9:43 AM 12
Not D. aethiopica by plantladylin Feb 18, 2023 9:36 AM 1

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