How do I care for my Sansevieria zeylanica?

The Sansevieria Zeylanica, also known as the 'Fan Snake plant' is our non pet-friendly indoor plant of the month. Gardens Illustrated magazine recently referred to Sansevieria as the 'Bear Grylls' of houseplants because of its ability to survive testing situations. This means it's a great choice for houseplant beginners or those of us looking for an unfussy plant. This plant is is mildly toxic to pets so keep away from your furry friends. 

Sansevieria or snake plants are native to Africa.

Light and position in the home

Unusual for succulents, Sansevieria survive low light and thrive in bright, indirect light with a few hours sun which means you have lots of choice where to display your plant.

Flowers and foliage

Medusa-headed with long snake-shaped and mottled leaves in silver-and-green with stripes of darker green. Tough-skinned and almost indestructible.

Watering and humidity

Needs just a good splash of water once the soil dries out and doesn't like sitting in water so allow the water to drain away completely.


The ideal temperature is 15 to 23 degrees Celsius. This plant will cope with lower temperatures to 10 degrees Celsius for a short while.

Did you know?

Sansevieria is also known as 'mother-in-law's tongue' .


If you like the look of our Sansevieria Zeylanica plant and want to get your hands on one of these, it is our plant of the month for July 2020, and you can get one here.

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