Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) in the Snake Plants Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Sansevieria trifasciata Accepted
Sansevieria trifasciata var. laurentii Synonym
Sansevieria laurentii Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Plant Height: 2 to 4 feet (61-122cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Other: Orange
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
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Other: Can bloom throughout the year in tropics.
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Resistances: Humidity 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


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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Oct 26, 2011 2:33 PM

In good summer light, tall spikes of pale green flowers and orange berries appear. This plant grows best in a small pot.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Nov 23, 2011 3:00 PM

Like some other members of its genus, S. trifasciata yields bowstring hemp, a strong plant fiber once used to make bowstrings.

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Plant Events from our members
skylark On April 26, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
gave away the largest pot from 2004 division.
skylark On June 1, 2013 Transplanted
made 3 pots out of 2.
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
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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
New to gardening- what is this plant and why is it dying? :( by Deepargh Mar 20, 2019 12:04 PM 8
What is this plant? by Papypeony Feb 17, 2019 3:24 AM 4
What species sansevieria is this? by SucculentSmile Feb 14, 2019 7:02 AM 5
Banner for February 4, 2019 by Fleur569 by Fleur569 Feb 5, 2019 6:18 AM 9
Cactus and succulent advice by EGreenall Jan 24, 2019 6:28 PM 4
dying indoor house plants!!! by brooklynff Jan 14, 2019 12:11 PM 5
Question - House plant that will continue to grow for at least a year? by curiousnewbiehere Dec 13, 2018 6:43 PM 44
Name of this little plant please! by JB Oct 25, 2018 7:46 AM 11
How do you propagate snake plants? by SeasonsOfDespair Feb 9, 2019 4:38 PM 21
Indoor raised bed by soozywoozy Nov 2, 2018 12:04 PM 16

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