Sansevieria Trifasciata "Snake Plant"

Latin name

Sansevieria trifasciata “Laurentii”

Pronounciation

(“san-sev-ee-AIR-ree-ah try-fas-SEE-ah-tah “lor-rent-EE-eye””)

Common name

Sansevieria trifasciata Laurentii

Origin

Southern and western Africa

How easy is it care for?

The Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ or Snake Plant, is an erect plant with long, leathery, sword-shaped leaves emerging in clumps from underground rhizomes, or stems. Snake Plants are closely related to Dracaenas (they are sometimes classified as a Dracaena). The leaves are strongly variegated and can be up to 1 m long. Small, simple, fragrant white flowers are produced, but these are seldom noticeable. Sansevieria trifasciata is one of approximately seventy species of Sansevieria (now classified as species of Dracaena), all of which are evergreen perennials native to the semi-deserts of southern and western Africa. The leaf fibres can be used to make ropes and the bowstrings of musical instruments. Sansevieria is named after an Austrian prince of Sanseriero. They were introduced to Europe in the late seventeenth century. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant

Light

It will tolerate low light levels. Direct sunlight causes bleaching of the leaves. Will also tolerate dry atmospheres.

Watering

Little water required. The compost should be allowed to dry out between watering.

Pruning

Do not prune, although the plant can be divided when large

Feeding

A little dilute fertilizer added to the water will be all that is necessary

Pest & Diseases

Occasional mealybugs, which can be removed when cleaning the leaves with a damp cloth

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