Sansevieria Bacularis


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Sansevieria Bacularis is a beautiful perennial succulent with tall cylindrical leaves. This plant has no stems above ground. The leaves are produced in clusters from the rhizomes. Many people might confuse it with Sansevieria Cylindrica, a well-known snake plant variety. However, Bacularis has thinner leaves than the cylindrical snake plant.

This plant species gets its name from the appearance of its leaves. The name Bacularis originated from a Latin word “Baculum” meaning a rod or stick.

Sansevieria Bacularis snake plant belongs to the Dracaenaceae family.

Also known as

  • Sansevieria Bacularis Pfennig
  • Bacularis Snake Plant

At a glance



Sansevieria Bacularis plants are native to the Democratic Republic of Congo (West-central tropical Africa).


S. Bacularis plants grow tall and thin cylindrical leaves that rise straight upwards from the soil. The foliage is rough and leathery with 1 to 2 leaves growing together. The dark green leaves also have irregular horizontal greenish grey bands. This plant can produce dark purple basal leaves (sheath) when it is young.


This huge Sansevieria species grows up to 6 feet in optimal conditions. It has slender upright leaves that are just 1.5 centimetres in diameter. Flower stalk can be around 2 to 2.5 feet tall.


S. Bacularis is a flowering plant but it's quite rare for this plant to flower. Flowers tend to grow in bunches on vertical flower stalks. This usually happens once a year. The flowers have greenish white color, sweet fragrance and small, tubular shape.


This plant has low level toxicity. If ingested, it can cause symptoms like mouth and stomach irritations, vomiting, nausea, drooling and diarrhea. To be safe, keep it away from children and pets.


Most Sansevieria are hardly bothered by pests and diseases. Spider mites and mealybugs might be possible threats. The pest infestations are easy to remedy if caught early.


This species can be easily propagated by plant division or rooting leaf cuttings. When using leaf cuttings, take at least 3-4 inches long sections and plant them in loose soil. However, leaf cuttings might produce plants belonging to the parent variety, meaning a variegation may disappear.

Growth Season

This evergreen plant actively grows during the spring to summer season. In cold winters, it can become dormant and hardly grows. Flowering time is erratic, but it can happen yearly in winter to spring season.

Growing Conditions


Well-draining and gritty soil is great for all Sansevieria. Never plant your Sansevieria in 100% pure soil. Use materials like pumice, perlite, coir, sand or gravel to increase the porosity of your soil mix. You can also use a standard potting mix made for cacti and succulents.


Sansevieria plants absolutely dislike wet roots. So, it's best to keep the soil on a drier side. Let the top 1 inch soil layer dry off before watering again. Water once every other week or once a week, depending on the climate and season. Reduce the watering as the temperature starts to dip. In winters, you can water your plant just once a month.


The plant can tolerate anything from filtered to full sun as well as low light conditions. Bright indirect sunlight seems to promote growth and bloom. For outdoor plants, select a shaded area to protect the plant from harsh afternoon sun. Keep your indoor plants in a brightly lit area.


S. Bacularis a good indoor and outdoor ornamental plant. The average room temperature and humidity suits well for the plant growth. Ideal temperature is anywhere between 60-85°F (16-85°C). It's best to avoid temperature below 45°F (7°C), especially with wet soil.

Learn more about care and propagation of Sansevierias