This classic houseplant is the easiest of all easy plants. Though just about all of us would recognize it, it remains shrouded in mystery and confusion. The genus continues to be moved from one plant family to another and back again and species are named, unnamed, renamed and argued over endlessly. Regardless of the controversial specifics, Sansevieria is a wonderful and widely varied genus.

Sansevieria trifasciata

Though it is most often selected because of its ability to adapt to dismally dark, cold, drafty and dry conditions, with a bit more love the Sansevieria is really a thing of beauty. With medium light levels and proper soil, the intricate bandings and variegations become far more pronounced and the leaves will be thick and full of vitality. With just a tiny bit of care, Sansevierias produce offsets freely via stout underground rhizomes. These baby plants can then be left in the same pot or detached and shared with friends! Occasionally you may even be rewarded with a tall and dainty sweet-smelling flower stalk in light pink or white.

Sansevieria trifasciata

The range of species can be dizzying. Widely available cultivars include silvery-green non-variegated plants as well of dark green, nearly black banded ones. There are always the dramatic bright yellow banded forms as well as cylindrical and miniature “bird’s nest” forms. Whatever your aesthetics, there is bound to be a gorgeous, air-purifying Sansevieria that’s perfect for you!

Sansevieria cylindrica

Sansevieria cylindricais a more rarely grown variety of the group of houseplants commonly referred to as Snake plant and Mother-in-Law’s Tongue. It is just as tough, requiring the same easy care, only slower growing.

Sansevierias have a long history of popularity due to how they are believed to symbolize characteristics of health and longevity. For centuries they were grown because they are believed to share the same eight virtues as Taoist deities, the Eight Immortals.

Sansevieria cylindrica

These virtues are: Strength, beauty, prosperity, good health, long life, poetry, art, and intelligence. Using Feng Shui principles, the Sansevieria is used to bring good fortune into the home, while warding off evil spirits.

sansevieria discolor

Houseplants for all seasons

From Aloe to Zygopetalum, we cover the alphabet with choices for your home or office; plants for your brightest window or your darkest corner, those that willa love the humidity near your shower or prefer a dry, sunny spot. Orchids, succulents, indoor bonsai and cactus. We have them all. You'll find our featured houseplants below. We carry our largest of houseplants at our Division location. This is only a brief list.