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Sansevieria kirkii (Star Sansevieria)


Scientific Name

Sansevieria kirkii Baker

Common Names

Star Sansevieria, Bowstring Hemp, Bow-string Hemp, Pangane Sansevieria, Pangane Hemp


Sansevieria kirkii var. kirkii, Sansevieria aubrytiana, Sansevieria raffillii var. pulchra

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Sansevieria


Sansevieria kirkii is an unusual species with creeping underground stems. The leaves are up to 6 feet (1.8 m) long, up to 3.6 inches (9 cm) wide, with a brown undulating edge and much mottled on both sides. The flower is greenish-white, scented, and has a conical inflorescence.

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USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °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


It is native to Tanzania and the surrounding region in east Africa.


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