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Sansevieria canaliculata (Snake Plant)

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Scientific Name

Sansevieria canaliculata Carrière

Common Names

Snake Plant

Synonyms

Sansevieria pfennigii, Sansevieria schimperi, Sansevieria sulcata, Sansevieria sulcata

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Sansevieria

Description

Sansevieria canaliculata is a stemless succulent with cylindrical leaves that grows from underground rhizomes. The leaves are solitary or 2 occasionally, erect or slightly curved, with 5 to 6 shallow longitudinal grooves and rounded rib-like spaces between them, pale to dark green, up to 3 feet (90 cm) long and up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) in diameter. The inflorescence is simple, spike-like and up to 6.4 inches (16 cm) long. The flowers are long, tubular and white with a faint green tinge.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Place Sansevierias in moderately bright or filtered light. Good locations include a spot in front of a north-facing window or in front of a bright, sunny window covered by a sheer curtain. Although the plant tolerates low light, bright light brings out the colors in the leaves. However, intense light may cause the edges of the leaves to turn yellow.

Allow the soil to dry completely before watering and then water deeply until water drips through the drainage hole. Allow the pot to drain and then discard water that remains in the saucer. Never allow the soil to become soggy and never let the pot stand in water. Water sparingly throughout the winter. Like most succulent plants that store water in their leaves, Sansevieria rots quickly in excessively wet soil.

Place Sansevieria in average room temperatures. Protect the plant from drafts and cold temperatures as it is damaged at temperatures below 50 °F (10 °C).

Feed the plant once every 3 weeks throughout the summer. Use a general-purpose fertilizer for houseplants diluted to one-half the strength suggested on the container. Sansevieria is a light feeder and too much fertilizer makes the leaves fall over… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Sansevieria

Origin

Sansevieria canaliculata native to Madagascar.

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