Snake Plant Plant Features
If you're looking for an easy-care houseplant, you can't do much better than snake plant. This hardy indoor is still popular today -- generations of gardeners have called it a favorite -- because of how adaptable it is to a wide range of growing conditions. Most snake plant varieties have stiff, upright, sword-like leaves that may be banded or edged in gray, silver, or gold. Snake plant's architectural nature makes it a natural choice for modern and contemporary interior designs. It's one of the best houseplants around!
Fun Fact: Botanists have reclassified snake plant from Sansevieria to Dracaena. While it's scientifically known as Dracaena trifasciata, most plant parents still call it a Sansevieria.
Note: Snake plant can be invasive when planted outdoors in some frost-free areas; check local restrictions before putting it in your landscape.
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Snake Plant Growing Instructions
Grow snake plant in just about any room of your home. While it tolerates low light, snake plant grows fastest in bright conditions.
As long as you water it now and again, it's tough to underwater this hardy houseplant. Water snake plant when the top inch or so of the soil dries. Take care not to overwater it -- allow the top inch of the potting mix to dry in between waterings.
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Snake plant doesn't require much
Snake plant doesn't require pruning because it's such a slow grower.
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Note: This hardy indoor plant is not meant for human or animal consumption.
Indoors: High light
Indoors: Low light
Indoors: Medium light
Low water needs
Purifies the air
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Snake Plant with these varieties:
Red aglaonema offers colorful foliage that looks stunning with any snake plant (especially silvery varieties such as Moonshine snake plant).
Contrast ferns' soft foliage with the stiff structure of snake plant.
Snake plant is a natural with calathea; its texture and fun color looks beautiful paired with variegated calathea varieties.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Dracaena 'Bantel's Sensation'
Bantel's Sensation snake plant is a patented variety that shows off exceptional thin, dark green leaves elegantly variegated with cream and white stripes. It grows 36 inches tall and is as easy to grow as other snake plant varieties. Note: It was formerly classified botanically as Sansevieria 'Bantel's Sensation'
Dracaena trifasciata 'Black Gold'
Black Gold is one of the best houseplants of all time. It has stiff, upright dark green leaves edged in gold. Note: It was formerly botanically known as Sansevieria trifasciata 'Black Gold' before being reclassified.
Dracaena trifasciata 'Black Jack'
A shorter variety of snake plant, Black Jack has dark green leaves ledged in gold. Note: It was formerly called Sansevieria trifasciata 'Black Jack' before botanists reclassified it.
Dracaena trifasciata 'Black Robusta'
Black Robusta is a medium-size snake plant that has dark green leaves mottled with silver. Note: It was formerly botanically classified as Sansevieria trifasciata 'Black Robusta'.
Cylindrica is an interesting variety with round stems that grow up out of the pot like pencils. Note: It used to have the botanical name Sansevieria cylindrica before botanists reclassified it.
Dracaena trifasciata 'Futura Robusta'
Futura Robusta snake plant is a compact variety that has silvery-green leaves mottled with dark green. It was known as Sansevieria trifasciata 'Futura Robusta' before it was reclassified.
Dracaena trifasciata 'Futura Superba'
Futura Superba is a dwarf selection that has light green leaves, mottled in silver, and edged in gold. It was formerly known as Sansevieria trifasciata 'Futura Superba'.
Dracaena trifasciata 'Gold Hahnii'
A compact variety, Gold Hahnii has light green leaves edged in gold. It was formerly called Sansevieria trifasciata 'Gold Hahnii'.
Dracaena trifasciata 'Golden Flame'
Golden Flame snake plant offers new growth that's a bright golden-yellow color. As the leaves mature, they fade to rich, dark green. It used to be called Sansevieria trifasciata 'Golden Flame'.
Dracaena trifasciata 'Moonshine'
One of the most beautiful varieties, this hardy indoor plant has silvery green leaves. It's especially stunning mixed with dark-leaf snake plant varieties! It was once botanically known as Sansevieria trifasciata 'Moonshine'.
Dracaena trifasciata 'Whitney'
Whitney is a dwarf variety that has dark green leaves, edged in silvery-green, and variegated with light green stripes. It was formerly called Sansevieria trifasciata 'Whitney'.