Sansevierias are one of our all-time favourite plants at The Little Botanical, they are super stylish and they have some incredible features! We have some fun facts about Sanseviereia we’d like to tell you about. Here is our short guide to help you find out just how fab these easy to care for plants are. We are sure you will love them just as much as we do.

Group of three plants, one is sanseviereia spikey in a grey pot, another is the sanseviereia punk in a black and gold dipped pot and the third is a double heart succulent in a black and gold dipped pot.

Types of Sansevieria

The plants are native to Africa, Madagascar and Southern Asia and for those plant aficionados, they come under the plant family Asparagaceae. As you can tell from the name, the most famous member of this plant family is the delicious garden asparagus. 

There is huge variation within Sansevieria, but there are types that are more popular and commonplace and we stock a few of these:

  1. Sansevieria Cylindrica or Spikey (which also comes in our larger size)
  2. Snakey Sansevieria
  3. Sansevieria Fernwod Punk

Spike Plant

Medium and large Sansevieria Cylindrica or Spikey both in grey pots

From their names you can already get a bit of an idea how they look. They also have more common names such as ‘snake plant’, ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’ and ‘viper’s bowstring’. 

The Spikey version unsurprisingly has long, thin and pointy, cylindrical leaves that tend to grow more vertically. These plants are slow growing and architecturally stunning. Given the right care and light, they can reach heights of around 50cm for the larger plant and 35cm for the smaller.

Snake Plant

Snakey Sansevieria in a grey pot

Our Snakey version has more rounded flatter leaves that still have a a point on the end. They have a marbled pattern on their leaves, similar to snakeskin! Unlike its spikey sister plant, these are a little faster growing. In a well-lit spot, new shoots can grow to a height of approximately 60cm plus! The leaves grow out at more of an angle, giving some extra volume to the plant.

If you are on the hunt for a Sansevieria, this snakey style is an all-round favourite. It is regularly a best-seller on our website. Snake Plant also seems to be the most common nickname for Sansevieria. That’s understandable when its leaves have such a stunning snakeskin like pattern and it’s easier to pronounce too! 

Sansevieria Punk

Spikey Sansevieria in a grey pot and Sansevieria Punk in a black and gold dipped pot

Finally, we have our little Sansevieria punk that we are very fond of in our team. He is just the cutest!  He will also grow well. Given the right care and light, new shoots can reach 25-30cm. This Sansevieriea is almost a mini hybrid of the Spikey and Snakey, with leaves that have more of a pattern and grow at an angle like Snakey but are thinner and more pointed like Spikey. 

Sansevieria Fun Facts

We mention on our website that Sansevieria has been put through its paces by NASA – this was in NASA’s Clean Air Study, a fascinating study that looked at how the air in space stations could be cleaned and filtered. It found there were a number of plants that can naturally remove toxins in the air.  Sansevieria was one of the top performers! Well known for it air-purifying qualities, it can remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene, and it was even shown that one plant per 100 square foot was enough to efficiently clean the air in a space station! Sansevieria are a great example of how plants can improve the air around you and even help you sleep better. 

If you are the kind of person who forgets to water plants, then the Sansevieria could be the perfect match. Unlike most other plants, it can withstand drought as it exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide during the night, which prevents water from escaping through evaporation. 

Looking after your Sansevieria

These plants are survivors even if you are a self-confessed “plant killer”. The Sansevieria is pretty indestructible, only needing to be watered once every few weeks. A top tip from our grower, overwatering can be the Snake Plant’s kryptonite. We suggest giving them approximately 300ml of water every few weeks or once a month and they will last a long and healthy life in your home or office. After 6 months, you could also feed them a generic houseplant feed every couple of months for optimum growth.

At The Little Botanical, we recommend that for larger plants, it is best to pop them in the sink with a few inches of water and allow the water to soak up for around 10 minutes. Then the plant only takes up what it needs. For the smaller Punk variety, water the plant once a month straight into the soil rather than on the leaves and don’t let the soil stay too soggy. 

These plants will grow well and last for a long time. Sansevieria are also generally fairly pest resistant.  Not many of the usual pests like them! They are healthy plants that are unlikely to be affected by pests or disease, so perfect for a plant newbie.  

Sansevierias are the perfect houseplants, given they don’t require a lot of water.  They will grow best in bright, filtered light. Furthermore, they will also tolerate partial light conditions, so if they are in a darker corner in our home, you don’t need to worry too much. 

Sadly, they are toxic to pets, so keep them away from your cat or dog, especially if they are likely to attempt a nibble! For a full list of plants that are safe for a pet-loving household, Check out our guide for the best pet-safe choices.

Where Sansevieria look good

Given they are quite a striking plant, they work well as a statement piece on a table or shelf. We all love a plant shelfie at The Little Botanical. Try them out in the kitchen for a more contemporary alternative to flowers or group them with other plants of different heights and shapes for a great contrast.

For those of you that want to create a plant gang, here are some other suggestions of plants we think they look great with: 

Large Calathea plant in a grey pot

Pilea Peperomioides in a grey pot
Little Haworthia in a black and gold dipped pot

You could even go for one of each of the Sanseiveria types, as while they are all the same type of plant, they work well together in a plant gang. They look architecturally fab and will do a great job purifying the air in any home or office.