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.
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.
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Sansevieria: in honor of Pietro Antonio Sanseverino, Count of Chiaromonte (1724-1771)
Cylindrica: van het Latijns cylindricus (cylindrique)
Tropical dry forest
USDA zone 10-11
A substrate for cacti: with added sand and well drained.
Bright, no direct sunlight as it will burn the leaves
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 for cacti and succulents, once or twice a year.
Room temperature, minimum 13 °C
Prefer a relatively small pot. Repot when the plant has outgrown the old pot.
The plant produces suckers along a rhizome, you can remove them when repotting.
Cut a leaf into pieces of about 7-10 cm and plant them in moist sand.
- Sansevieria cylindrica: Own work