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Sansevieria "Fernwood"

Sansevieria canaliculata "Fernwood"

("san-sev-ee-AIR-ree-ah kan-al-lik-you-LAH-tah")

Cacti Succulents

Sansevieria "Fernwood", also known as Sansevieria canaliculata, is an erect plant with long, leathery, cylindrical leaves, tapering to a sharp point, which emerge in clumps from underground rhizomes, or stems.  They are closely related to Dracaenas (they are now more correctly classified as a Dracaena).  The leaves are strongly variegated and can be up to 60cm long in some varieties.  "Fernwood" is a small variety with slender leaves that grow almost vertically from the ground.  Small, simple, fragrant white flowers are produced, but these are seldom noticeable.

Sansevieria canaliculata is one of approximately seventy species of Sansevieria, all of which are evergreen perennials native to the semi-deserts of southern and western Africa. Sansevieria canaliculata is native in Mozambique, Tanzania and Madagascar. Sansevieria is named after an Austrian prince of Sanseriero. They were introduced to Europe in the late seventeenth century

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Pets & Children

The tips of the leaves can be hard, so mind your eyes when getting close. The foliage is toxic to cats and dogs 


30-40cm. Can grow up to 60cm.

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Country of Origin

Mozambique, Tanzania and Madagascar 

Habitat Conditions

In the wild, this species is found in scrub land in the warm tropics of Southern Africa.  A minimum of 10 C is required, although they do best at warmer temperatures (15 C - 25 C).  If they get chilled, the fleshy leaves collapse into a vile-smelling mass. 

Plant Care


Will tolerate low light levels. Direct sunlight causes bleaching of the leaves. Humidity: Will tolerate dry atmospheres.


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


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


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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