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PlantFiles: Sansevieria
Sansevieria gracilis

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Sansevieria (san-se-VEER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: gracilis (GRASS-il-is) (Info)

10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Green
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From leaf cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive poeciliopsis On Jan 30, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- I have what I think is Sansevieria gracilis (ID not confirmed), but I don't grow it in the ground, because it is too spiky and spreading. My 15+ year old potted plant stays outside in winter, although usually under a 6 foot tall fabric cold frame. This Sansevieria is quite tolerant of conditions and has variously spent the summer in dense shade and in light shade with several hours of afternoon sun, where it got a bit of burn on some leaves. Summer water in these locations has varied from every two weeks to once a month, with no water in winter. It flowers in spring with multiple stalks of lacy white tubular flowers with a pinkish tinge. It puts out new plants on stolons.

Positive Plantapotamus On Jun 10, 2010, Plantapotamus from Huntsville, AL wrote:

This is easy and forgiving as a houseplant, like all the sansevieriae.

This sansevieria spreads by aerial stolons -- which are runners in mid air or on the surface. In most sans babies just pop up out of the ground around their mother.

My cat ate half a teaspoon worth of this plant to no ill effect.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

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