Sansevieria trifasciata

Sansevieria trifasciata

Snake plant

  • Botanical name: Sansevieria trifasciata
  • Common name: Snake plant
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Plant Type: House plant, Evergreen
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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.


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.

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.

How to grow Sansevieria trifasciata

  • Plant size

    75cm height

    30cm spread

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, partial shade

Sansevieria trifasciata and wildlife

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

Is Sansevieria trifasciata poisonous?

Sansevieria trifasciata can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Sansevieria trifasciata