Sun exposure:
Dappled shade, partial shade

Native to dry, rocky parts of Africa and India, snake plants (Sansevieria) are tough, low maintenance house plants. They have striking stiff, sword-like or cylindrical upright leaves.

Recently all plants in the Sansevieria genus were reclassified into the Dracaena genus, so Sansevieria trifasciata is now known as Dracaena trifasciata.

Sansevieria trifasciata has sword-like leaves with yellow edges that make a dramatic statement on its own or mixed with other plants with contrasting leaf shapes. It's a fantastic choice for air purification in the home – studies have shown its foliage can filter airborne toxins such as benzene (associated with glues, wax and detergents), and formaldehyde (found in household products, cigarette smoke and smoke from wood burning stoves).

How to grow Sansevieria trifasciata

Grow Dracaena trifasciata in bright light out of indirect sunlight, in an averagely humid spot – there's no need to keep it in your bathroom.

Snake plant thrives in bright light, out of direct sun, but will tolerate some shade. Wait for the compost to dry out before watering and water sparingly in winter. Take care not to damage the leaf tips, as this can stop the plant growing.

Sansevieria trifasciata can get top heavy, so plant in a heavy pot so that it doesn't fall over. Repot only when potbound.

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Advice on buying Sanservieria trifasciata

  • Sanservieria trifasciata may be available from garden centres but you'll have the best chance of finding it online
  • Ensure you have the right growing conditions for Sanservieria trifasciata – a light spot out of direct sunlight with average humidity is perfect
  • Always check plants for signs of disease or damage before planting

Where to buy Sanservieria trifasciata

Sansevieria and wildlife

Sansevieria has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Sansevieria poisonous?

Sansevieria can be toxic.

Toxic to:
Is known to attract Cats
Is known to attract Dogs
No reported toxicity to:
Is not known to attract Birds
Is not known to attract Horses
Is not known to attract Livestock
Is not known to attract People
Plants that go well with Sansevieria trifasciata