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Snake Plant

Sansevieria trifasciata "Laurentii"

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


Snake Plant, or Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii', 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.

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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 1m.

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Country of Origin

Southern and western Africa

Habitat Conditions

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


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