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Sansevieria trifasciata 'Forescate'

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Sansevieria (san-se-VEER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: trifasciata (try-fask-ee-AH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Forescate

Synonym:Sansevieria craigii
Synonym:Sansevieria jacquinii
Synonym:Sansevieria laurentii

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Provides winter interest
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)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive baroness On Nov 24, 2007, baroness from Pagadian City
Philippines wrote:

I really like this plant as this does not need so much tending and it multiplies rapidly. . . I have lots of them in my garden. . . planted them in pots too. This is a good material for landscaping and have used its leaf sap when I was beaten by a stinging nettle.

Positive vossner On Feb 4, 2006, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Recently purchased from Bob Smoley, so don't know much about it. Rated it positive because it is absolutely stunning. Look forward to the day when this sans. fills the entire pot.


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

Colton, California
Broaddus, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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