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Sansevieria hyacinthoides

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Sansevieria (san-se-VEER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: hyacinthoides (hy-uh-sin-THOY-deez) (Info)

Synonym:Sansevieria angustifolia
Synonym:Sansevieria ceylonica
Synonym:Sansevieria grandis
Synonym:Sansevieria guineensis
Synonym:Sansevieria laetevirens

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Central Phoenix -- Sansevieria hyacinthoides grows well in my garden. A bare-root plant put in the ground in 2010 is now a large patch and has provided cuttings for two pots and another in-ground location. This plant has survived some strong freezes, usually without covering. However, in 2013 when we had several weeks of freezing nights, as low as 24F, it had a fabric cover and suffered only minor damage. It grows in partial shade -- relatively dense in summer and light in winter. Summer watering has varied, from an erratic seldom to a light one a day sprinkling for nearby annuals.


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

Phoenix, Arizona

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