Sansevieria trifasciata

Sansevieria trifasciata
Pairi Daiza

Sansevieria trifasciata or Snake Plant is a succulent that requires very little care.

This plant has the distinction of producing oxygen at night, which is rare in the botanical world.

One could therefore conclude that this plant is suitable for the bedroom but having one plant in your bedroom will not much improve the quality of the air you breathe.

Description:

Sansevieria trifasciata grows with 60-90 cm long, flat leaves ending in a point, from an underground rhizome. The leaves are green, streaked with gray or light green stripes, sometimes bordered with yellow.

Flowering is discreet: a dozen small white flowers growing on an erected flower stem. They are slightly fragrant.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

African bowstring hemp, bowstring hemp, good luck plant, mother in law’s tongue, mother-in-law’s tongue, snake plant, snakeplant, viper’s bowstring hemp

Synonyms:

Aletris hyacinthoides var. zeylanica, Aletris zeylanica, Aloe hyacinthoides var. zeylanica, Aloe zeylanica, Sansevieria zeylanica

Etymology:

Sansevieria: in honor of Pietro Antonio Sanseverino, Count of Chiaromonte (1724-1771)
Trifasciata: from the Latin trēs (three) and fascia (band)

Origin:

Tropical Africa: Congo, northern Nigeria

Habitat:

Tropical, subtropical and warmer temperate regions in a wide variety of light conditions ranging from full-sun open areas to shaded areas beneath canopy forests.



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 trifasciata: Own work

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