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
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
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
Uses: Will Naturalize
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


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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
Sansevieria variety by haushinka Oct 16, 2020 3:50 PM 3
HELP - Yellow, dry snake plant leaf by PlantBoi670 Sep 5, 2020 7:43 PM 7
Tips To Make Snake Plants Grow Taller? by Sansnom Aug 14, 2020 4:53 PM 5
Snake plant soil still wet after months by aimee858 Aug 11, 2020 3:56 PM 7
plant id by quest05 Jul 22, 2020 7:17 PM 3
Sansevieria ID? by hlutzow Jul 10, 2020 5:23 PM 5
What type of Sansevieria is this? by Amenchio Jun 9, 2020 2:12 PM 3
What plant is this? by CAdlem May 29, 2020 11:35 AM 4
Sansevieria Identification by ImLimitlessDude Aug 18, 2020 1:09 PM 3
Snake Plant "Dead Zone" by pdm055 Apr 25, 2020 2:09 PM 11

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