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Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii'

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

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

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16 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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)
From leaf cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive a_griebel On Jan 18, 2011, a_griebel from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

I have a small clump of these growing in the ground in Phoenix, AZ in full shade which has caused the plant to loose it's yellow edge. I have never seen these grown anywhere else here, so I am not sure how they handle full desert sun. The plant does get some leaf damage around 32 degrees, so for the last few years I have covered it on the coldest nights of the year when we have gotten around 28-32 degrees.

Positive KashtanGeorge On Feb 28, 2008, KashtanGeorge from Sochi
Russia wrote:

Sansevieria trifasciata is a species of Sansevieria, native to tropical west Africa from Nigeria east to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This plant is ideal for beginners.
When watering, if you do twice as less-it's better, than twice as more.


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

, (3 reports)
Phoenix, Arizona
Bartow, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Umatilla, Florida
Richmond, Maine
Broaddus, Texas

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