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Dracaena trifasciata

Previously known as:

  • Sansevieria trifasciata
Phonetic Spelling
dra-SEE-nah try-fas-ee-AY-tuh
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Snake Plant is a popular house plant and is used as ground cover fillers in interior landscape designs. It is durable, easily grown & difficult to kill and will tolerate very low light areas as filler plants. However, it prefers bright light situations and well-drained soils. Do not overwater as the roots will rot. In spring to autumn allow the soil to dry between waterings. In winter only water ever 1-2 months. It tolerates low humidity and cool temps around 50 degrees. 

In its native habitat in Africa, it blooms in the winter. As a house plant, it rarely blooms. The more neglected they are the bigger the chances are you may see a bloom. 

It is called a clean air plant as it helps improve air quality. NASA found back in the '70s that certain common houseplants could actually remove pollutants like formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia from a room rather efficiently and further study supports this. So it's not only an easy plant to grow but it is good for you too!

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Hahnii'
    dwarf plant with6-12 leaves forming a short, funnel-shaped rosette
  • 'Laurentii'
    a chimeral form with yellow, thickened (diploid) margins
  • 'Silver Queen'
Tags:
#houseplant#easy to grow#showy leaves#low light#low maintenance#fantz#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#tropical feel
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Hahnii'
    dwarf plant with6-12 leaves forming a short, funnel-shaped rosette
  • 'Laurentii'
    a chimeral form with yellow, thickened (diploid) margins
  • 'Silver Queen'
Tags:
#houseplant#easy to grow#showy leaves#low light#low maintenance#fantz#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#tropical feel
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Dracaena
    Species:
    trifasciata
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Africa
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Winter
    Flower Description:
    Inflorescence is raceme. Flowers are minute, greenish-white to cream-colored, sticky, nonfragrant.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    White
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Stiff, upright, succulent leaves grow in rosette or clusters. They are flat, up to 3 ft long and 2-4 inches wide with alternating transverse bands of shades of green. Some varieties have yellow to white bands on the outer edges of the leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Dry Soil
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting (occasionally with blood), depression, nausea, diarrhea, anorexia, hypersalivation, dilated pupils (cats).
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Saponins
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No