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Sansevieria is a group of succulents that are primarily found in Africa. Commonly known as the Snake Plant, their hardiness and virtual indestructability make them a favorite among home gardeners. The long, upright leaves of green or yellow grow to over 3 feet tall, adding dramatic flair to any setting.
Sansevieria contains many different species, including the familiar Mother in-law’s Tongue or Sansevieria trifasciata. The pictured variety known as Sansevieria cylindrica has bluish green foliage, cylinder shaped, that fan out to very sharp tips. In the summer it blooms with small white flowers that produce a sweet fragrance. The orange berry-like fruit adds a striking element to its already unique display.
They are easy to care for, often thriving in low light and little watering. When watering most succulents, a good rule of thumb is that when in doubt, don’t water. In the warmer months once or twice is enough. Cut back even more in the winter. Taller specimens should be planted in deep pots to provide more stability as they will tend to droop. Use a well draining mixture of potting soil and coarse sand.
Most of the Sansevieria grow slowly but remain patient as they’ll reward you with many years of hardiness and will surely stand out in your garden landscape.