Prime destination for lovers and growers of cacti and other succulent plants

Sansevieria trifasciata – Snake Plant


Scientific Name

Sansevieria trifasciata Prain

Common Names

Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, Mother-in-Law’s Nose, Saint George’s Sword, African Bowstring Hemp


Sansevieria laurentii

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae 
Genus: Sansevieria


Sansevieria trifasciata (Snake Plant) is an evergreen perennial plant forming dense stands, spreading by way of its creeping rhizome, which is sometimes above ground, sometimes underground. The stiff leaves grow vertically from a basal rosette. Mature leaves are dark green with light gray-green cross-banding and usually range  up to 3 feet (90 cm) long and 2.4 inches (6 cm) wide. The small, tubular, pale green flowers bloom in summer or autumn.

Sansevieria trifasciata - Snake Plant

Photo via

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.


Native to tropical West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo.

Subspecies, Varieties, Forms, Cultivars and Hybrids

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Golden Hahnii’
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’


BACK TO genus Sansevieria
SUCCULENTOPEDIA: Browse succulents by GenusFamilyScientific NameCommon NameOrigin, or cacti by Genus

Photo Gallery

Subscribe to Receive News and Updates from World of Succulents: