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Sansevieria trifasciata 'Moonshine'

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Sansevieria (san-se-VEER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: trifasciata (try-fask-ee-AH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Moonshine
Additional cultivar information: (aka Moonglow)

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

29 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 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

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive poeciliopsis On Feb 2, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- Sansevieria trifasciata Moonshine (aka Moonglow) does well in our garden. It is, however, frost sensitive and we cover most of it during harder frosts. It survived several weeks of freezing nights down to 24F, but suffered extensive damage. Suprisingly an adjacent clump in a pot (also covered) had less damage than the in-ground clump. Another in-ground clump sheltered by a large evergreen Viburnum has never been covered and has not suffered frost damage. All grow in moderate shade with every-other-week or once-a-month summer water and none in winter.

A Moonshine in a pot in dense shade on a patio has elongate, etiolated leaves. It retains little of the silver color, with its leaves being a medium green with little marking.

Neutral cazieman On Nov 8, 2007, cazieman from Seattle, WA wrote:

i bought this plant as a semi baby, it had 3 groupings and was about 5-6 in tall, i didnt want it inside no more so instead of putting it in to my yard waste bin i decided to plant it out side, i live in seattle, zone 8 a-b u decide. eithor way it is not supposed to live here,, well each winter for the past 3, it has died on the outter leafs and in the spring the new ones come up regenerating, it has been fun to watch, although my friend who is from mexico said i was tourturing it, but it has survived almost 4 years so i think it is surviving!! not suffering!

Positive kniphofia On Nov 9, 2006, kniphofia from Morpeth
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

A beautiful cultivar, new leaves are the most beautiful pale silvery green, aging to an olive color with slight cross banding. One of the fastest and easiest of the Sansevierias to grow.

Neutral CastIronPlant22 On Dec 11, 2005, CastIronPlant22 from Lompoc, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I do like this plant a lot--it's just...well it seems like a slow grower. It's in a west window with plenty of sun. I've had it for 3 months now, and it didn't really grow since I bought it. I do love the color of the plant, but I just wish it was a faster grower.

Positive palmbob On Jun 19, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice looking and fairly common cultivar of Sansevieria... not sure what species it really is. Has wide, pale green leaves (nearly silver) that shoot out of the ground without a stem (underground). Very drought tolerant plant, but not as cold hardy as some (didn't do well outdoors for me, but may have more of a problem with being wet at the same time it was cold, in the winter here in southern California). Does best as a pot plant, but is toxic (has oxylates that cause oral and throat irritation) if chewed or eaten. Keep away from housplant-crazed dogs.


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

Birmingham, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Brea, California
Carlsbad, California
Clayton, California
Lompoc, California
Palm Springs, California
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Miami, Florida
Naples, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Umatilla, Florida
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Canyon Lake, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Shoreline, Washington

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