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Sansevieria zeylanica 'Bowstring Hemp'


The Sansevieria Zeylanica or 'Bowstring Hemp' is another succulent from the Asparagaceae family commonly known as Snake Plants. Its foliage is characterized by sword shaped leaves that are lighter overall than other Snake Plants, being predominantly light silver-green with smaller stripes of darker green throughout

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Sansevieria Zeylanica
  • Pronunciation: san-suh-veer-ee-uh
  • Common Name: Ceylon Bowstring Hemp, Devil's Tongue, Snake Pant, Mother-in-Law's Tongue
  • Family: Asparagaceae 
  • Native Range: Southeast Asia- Sri Lanka & India 

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Light: Thrives in bright, indirect light yet can tolerate low lighting conditions
  • Water: Allow soil to completely dry out between watering. Plant is drought-tolerant and the most common issue is over-watering
  • Humidity: Any level
  • Temperature: 55-85F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
  • Feeding: Fertilize 1/2 strength monthly during spring and summer
  • Propagation: Easily propagated through division
  • Growth: Upright
  • Pests: Generally resilient to pests
  • Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets

Tough-skinned and almost indestructible, this hardy plant thrives on neglect and is drought tolerant. The most common issue to avoid with this plant is over-watering. If you are new to owning houseplants or looking for a low-maintenance plant, this is the plant for you!