Snake Plant Sansevieria Zeylanica, or bowstring hemp, is an evergreen member of the Asparagaceae family. Native to the tropical West African region, Zeylanica has long, pointy, sword-like dark green leaves with creamy white wavy stripes. This plant is tough and hardy. It requires very little care and makes for a perfect houseplant for beginners or people with a busy lifestyle.
As a Snake Plant, Zeylanica is one of the most effective air-purifying plants. Sansevieria species can remove common airborne toxins and clean your indoor air.
Zeylanica produces greenish-white, fragrant flowers, but it is extremely rare for this plant to bloom
Sansevieria Zeylanica prefers many bright, indirect sunlight, but it also tolerates different lighting conditions. Deep shade, however, can make the leaves darker. Avoid harsh direct sun to prevent scorching leaves.
Sansevieria Zeylanica needs watering about once per week. Only water when the soil is dry to the touch. Drain well after each watering. Water more in the growing season (spring/summer)and less in the cold months.
The best soil for this plant is well-drained, porous potting soil that can promote healthy root development. A sandy succulent potting soil mix is ideal for Zeylanica.
This plant grows best in normal room temperatures (between 60°F-75°F). This plant does not grow well when the temperature drops below 50°F. Zeylanica thrives in normal indoor humidity, avoid putting this plant in spots with high humidity.
This plant should be fertilized once per month during the growing season (spring/summer) with diluted houseplant fertilizer.
This plant is mildly toxic if ingested, so keep it out of reach of pets and children.
USDA Zone 9-11
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)