Sansevieria trifasciata


Dracaena trifasciata
Dracaena trifasciata subsp. Sikawae
Dracaena trifasciata subsp. trifasciata


Sansevieria trifasciata is native to West Africa, particularly found in Nigeria and the Congo. It thrives in tropical and subtropical regions, often in dry, rocky areas. Adapted to survive in environments with minimal water and soil nutrients, this plant is known for its hardiness and ability to withstand neglect.


Sansevieria trifasciata is a widely recognized succulent belonging to the Asparagaceae family. It features long, sword-like leaves that can grow up to 90 cm in height, though indoor plants typically reach around 60 cm. These leaves are thick and waxy, with a distinctive dark green coloring marked by horizontal stripes of lighter green. The leaves of Sansevieria trifasciata grow from a basal rosette, emerging directly from the soil and spreading outward as the plant matures. The leaves’ surface is slightly rough to the touch and has a high water retention capacity, enabling the plant to survive long periods without watering. An interesting aspect of Sansevieria trifasciata is its infrequent flowering habit. It produces small, greenish-white flowers on a very long and slender flower stalk, usually under conditions of neglect or stress. These flowers are not particularly showy and are often overlooked in favor of the plant’s striking foliage.


Sansevieria trifasciata is famously easy to cultivate and care for, making it a popular choice for both beginners and experienced plant enthusiasts. It tolerates a wide range of light conditions, from low light to bright, indirect sunlight. However, too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves. The ideal soil for this plant is well-draining, such as a cactus or succulent potting mix. Overwatering is the most common issue, so it’s crucial to allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. In winter, reduce watering even further as the plant’s growth slows down. Sansevieria trifasciata is tolerant of a wide range of temperatures but prefers warmer conditions. It should be protected from temperatures below 10°C, as it is not frost-tolerant. Fertilization is not essential but can promote more vigorous growth. A balanced, water-soluble fertilizer can be applied every few months during the growing season. Repotting is only necessary when the plant becomes root-bound, typically every 2-3 years. Choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one, as too much space can encourage water to accumulate and cause root rot.


Propagation of Sansevieria trifasciata is straightforward and can be done through leaf cuttings or division. To propagate by leaf cuttings, cut a healthy leaf into sections and plant the cuttings in soil, ensuring the end that was closest to the root is planted in the soil. For division, remove the plant from its pot and gently divide the root ball, ensuring each section has a portion of the roots. Replant the divisions into separate pots.


Sansevieria trifasciata is renowned for its air-purifying qualities. It is one of the few plants that can convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen during the night, making it an excellent choice for bedrooms. Additionally, it is known to remove toxic pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air.

Official Web Site:

Italian Blog:

Read our advice

Recent Posts

Start typing and press Enter to search