Sansevieria cylindrica

Sansevieria cylindrica

Sansevieria cylindrica or African spear is a more modern looking version of the snake plant, with cylindrical instead of flat leaves.

It is a succulent that requires very little care and is virtually indestructible, perfect for beginners or not-so-green-thumbs.

Description:

Growth is slow but leaves can reach a length of 1-2 m and a diameter of 3 cm.

Sometimes it blooms with small white flowers, tinged with pink, 3 cm in diameter, scattered along an erected flower stem.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

African bowstring hemp, African spear, snake plant, spear orchid, spear sansevieria, skyline spear

Etymology:

Sansevieria: in honor of Pietro Antonio Sanseverino, Count of Chiaromonte (1724-1771)
Cylindrica: van het Latijns cylindricus (cylindrique)

Origin:

Tropical Africa

Habitat:

Tropical dry forest

Hardiness:

USDA zone 10-11

Care:

Substrate:

A substrate for cacti: with added sand and well drained.

Light:

Bright, no direct sunlight as it will burn the leaves

Water:

Water only when the substrate is completely dry and until the water flows through the bottom of the pot. In summer about every 10-15 days, in winter once a month and less water.

Fertilizer:

Fertilizer for cacti and succulents, once or twice a year.

Temperature:

Room temperature, minimum 13 °C

Repotting:

Prefer a relatively small pot. Repot when the plant has outgrown the old pot.

Propagation:

Division:

The plant produces suckers along a rhizome, you can remove them when repotting.

Cuttings:

Cut a leaf into pieces of about 7-10 cm and plant them in moist sand.

Image sources

  • Sansevieria cylindrica: Own work

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