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Dec 16, 2017 11:45 PM CST
So I recently planned to buy new sansevieria, it was hell of a pain. I first went to IKEA because.. you know

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Do you see this? it's from IKEA website and it's so huge! and most of all it was only $7.99. I took a long trip to IKEA just to get it.. and
Sans there was so short, about 5 inches tall, and why the hell did they put [Sansevieria Trifaciata] tag on Moonshine anyway? Augggh
I just wanted to share that because I'm so angry to waste 3 hours of my weekend for nothing asking around employees WHERE IS THAT SANSEVIERIA. Employees were kind to help with it, they were in the corner that I didn't bother to see because I expected them to be bigger.

Reason I didn't buy it there is because the plant was smaller compare to the pot, which means I'm paying for the pots and soil not the plant. Most importantly, they didn't have gold band which I think it's the most beautiful thing of all.

Anyway, done with the story. So I just came to purchase it online, and came up with some question. So for a taller specie of Sansevieria, there is Laurentii and Trifasciata right? the most common one. Confusing point is that there is a S. Trifasciata, S. Laurentii and S. Trifasciata "Laurentii".

What's the difference between Trif and Lau? I mean Cylindrica and Moonshine have their unique difference, I can't find any info about difference of Trif and Lau. Is Trifasciata suppose to be group of Sansevieria?

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Dec 17, 2017 6:42 AM CST
Trifasciata is the species. The more specific names are cultivars.

Some of the cultivars of S. trifasciata are listed here:

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Dec 17, 2017 10:05 AM CST
The different species varieties are more about the variegation patterns than about size. If size is your concern, I suggest that you inquire in advance about the exact pot diameter and the height of the plant.

Not sure where in NJ you are located, but there are some great plant shops on 28th Street in Manhattan.
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Dec 17, 2017 10:29 AM CST
Thank you. That solved my confusion. About my location, I'm not that far away from Manhattan, but I won't bother to check there because it will still take about 2 hours total for a round trip. Also crowds there and bus war is going to drain my health too much..

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