Sansevieria Aubrytiana

Sansevieria Aubrytiana is a perennial succulent plant. It is commonly known as Father in law’s tongue or Snake plant. This variety can be recognized by the long glossy leaves with marbled effect. The leaves are wider than a typical mother in law’s tongue plant. This stemless plant is hardy and easy to grow. Sansevieria Aubrytiana is a close relative of Sansevieria Kirkii. The leaf pattern of both these plants is very similar. However, S. Aubrytiana has more upright leaves and smooth edges. Sansevieria Aubrytiana is a part of the genus Dracaena from the Asparagaceae family.

Also Known As

Father In Law’s Tongue, Acyntha Bracteata (Baker) Kuntze, Sansevieria Bracteata Baker.

At A Glance



Like most Sansevieria plants, S. Aubrytiana is native to tropical Africa.


This species can grow around 2 feet tall depending on the atmospheric conditions. In an optimal environment, the plant might grow up to 3 feet. Its leaves are almost 3 to 4 inches wide in the middle. Flower stalks can grow 2-2.5 feet high. And, the flowers are usually 1 inch long.


S. Aubrytiana has flat, fibrous sword-shaped leaves. They are dark green or grey green with blurry white specks along the length. Although the overall leaf surface is smooth and flat, it is slightly channeled at the base.


On rare occasions, the plant produces long, vertical flower stalk covered in clusters of buds. Usually there is one flower stalk, but there can be more. The flowers are greenish creamy-white in color. These small, tubular flowers can be lightly fragrant.


All parts of the plant are mildly toxic for humans as well as pets. Chewing the plant can make the tongue and throat swell. If ingested in large amounts, it can cause gastrointestinal problems like vomiting, diarrhea, drooling etc.

Growth Season

This evergreen plant actively grows during the spring and summer seasons. Flowering usually happens in the summer or autumn time.


This plant is generally not susceptible to pests and diseases. But, there is a possibility of infestation by mealybugs, vine weevil or spider mites. These insects are easy to get rid of, when encountered early. Overwatering is a major problem that can cause root rot, fungus, and further invites more diseases.


There are various ways to propagate this plant- by root division, leaf cuttings or rhizomes. Dividing the root ball is a quick and reliable method. If you have a smaller plant, using healthy leaf sections may be more practical. When using leaf cuttings, take at least 3-4 inches long sections and plant them in soil bottom side down. After a couple of months, the roots will form.

Growing Conditions


This drought-tolerant plant doesn't need frequent watering to survive. You can water it every 1-2 weeks during the growing season, spring to summer. Reduce the watering frequency as temperature starts to drop. Water at most once a month during winters. Make sure that the top 1-1.5 inch soil is dry before you water the plants. The water deeply and let it drain freely.


This species can tolerate anything from the full sun to low light conditions. Ideal situation is bright and indirect sunlight. Keep your indoor plants in a well lit room, either using sunlight or with artificial lighting. For outdoor plants, select a shaded area to protect the plant from harsh afternoon sun.


Fast-draining soil is great for most Sansevieria plants. Use ingredients like perlite, coir, pumice, gravel to increase the drainage capacity of the soil. Never use a dense, sticky soil for your snake plants. Instead of making your own soil mix, you can also use a regular potting mix for succulents and cacti.


Sansevieria plants do well in average room temperature and humidity. They are happy anywhere between 60-85°F (15-29°C). It's better to avoid temperatures below 50°F (10°C), especially if the soil is wet. Frost can damage the leaves, and causes permanent scarring.

Learn More About Care And Propagation Of Sansevierias