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Sansevieria patens (Snake Plant)

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Scientific Name

Sansevieria patens N.E.Br.

Common Names

Snake Plant

Synonyms

Acyntha patens, Sansevieria ‘Ed Eby’

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae 
Genus: Sansevieria

Description

Sansevieria patens is an attractive, succulent plant with subterranean, branching rhizomes up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter, forming large rosettes composed of short, arching, cylindrical, longitudinally grooved leaves that spread in various orientations. The leaves are up to 3 feet (90 cm) long, up to 1.8 inch (45 cm) thick, somewhat indistinctly marked with dark green and paler green transverse bands, becoming bluish green with age, longitudinally marked with numerous blackish green lines, several of them continuous to the apex. The flowers are grey-white and spaced out in clusters.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Sansevieria

Origin

It was described by N. E. Brown (1915) from a plant growing at Kew, with the comment “Origin unknown, but probably British East Africa (Kenya)”.

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