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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: Full Shade
Plant Height: 1-3 feet
Plant Spread: 1 foot
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.
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Propagation: Other methods: 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
Child plants: 2 child plants


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Location: Jersey City, NJDate: 2013-05-06with me since 1994: 19 yrs old in the pic. S. trifaciata and S. t
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Location: Jersey City, NJDate: 2013-06-11closing on 20 years with me
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Location: Mother-in-law's garden - Pasig City, PhilippinesDate: 2014-03-18Snake plant grown in full sun outdoors
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Location: Pittsburgh, Pa. Date: Aug. 2011Sans. tir~ Laurentii
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Location: Pittsburgh, Pa. Date: Aug. 2011Sans. tri~ Silver Laurentii
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Date: 2014-02-09
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Location: Tyler, TXDate: 2016-07-16This snake plant's soil had been invaded by ants, so I decided to
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Date: 2012-08-31
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Posted by Trish (Jacksonville, TX - Zone 8a) on Oct 14, 2012 7:21 AM

An easy to grow house plant that is great for improving air quality. It is known as one of the best plants for reducing or filtering formaldehyde.

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jul 19, 2018 12:27 PM

My gold-edged 'Laurentii' is sending out pups. It's several years old and rootbound, which triggers it to multiply. The new 3" pups don't have the gold edge yet. They change over time as the sprout gets to be 6 months old and about 8 inches tall. At this rate I'll have a lush, full pot by next year. This pot is by a north window that gets full day bright light. I water it once a week. It's very happy!

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Plant Events from our members
skylark On June 1, 2004 Transplanted
divided into 3 pots
hlutzow On November 2, 2016 Obtained plant
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