Prime destination for succulent lovers

Sansevieria patens (Snake Plant)


Scientific Name

Sansevieria patens N.E.Br.

Common Names

Snake Plant


Acyntha patens, Sansevieria 'Ed Eby'

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Sansevieria


Sansevieria patens is an attractive, succulent plant with subterranean, branching rhizomes up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. It forms 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 and longitudinally marked with numerous blackish-green lines, several of them continuous to the apex. The flowers are grey-white and spaced out in clusters.


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


Sansevieria patens was described by N. E. Brown in 1915 with a comment "Origin unknown, but probably British East Africa (Kenya)".

Subspecies, Varieties, Forms, Cultivars and Hybrids


Photo Gallery

Subscribe now and be up to date with our latest news and updates.

Share this with other succulent lovers!