Sansevieria Canaliculata

sansevieria canaliculata is a stemless succulent that grows near tropical coastal regions. It has cylindrical leaves like Sansevieria Cylindrica. But unlike Cylindrica, the leaves grow solitary and have longitudinal grooves. They grow straight or slightly curved from the underground rhizomes. This snake plant is a comparatively rare to find. Sansevieria Canaliculata also has dwarf and variegated cultivars.

Also Known As

Sansevieria Canaliculata Carrière, Sansevieria sulcata, Yoat’s Horn, Sansevieria pfennigii, Sansevieria schimperi.

At A Glance



S. Canaliculata is found in Madagascar, Mozambique and Tanzania. There is uncertainty about the origin, as it was described from a cultivated plant of unknown descent.


The mature plant normally grows up to 3 feet tall. While each leaf is about 0.8 inch in diameter. Flower stalks are only 5-6 inches long.


The upright or slightly curved cylindrical leaves emerge from the rhizomes.They appear to be in pairs or singular. The foliage is firmly flexible. Each leaf has 5-6 shallow channels along the length. Leaves are green in color without any markings. Diameter of a leaf is almost constant throughout, but the leaves have narrow white tips.


This species has a comparatively short flower stalk. It rises directly from the rhizome and has clusters of greenish-white flowers. The flowers are small, tubular and delicate.


It may be mildly toxic like most Sansevierias. So it's best to keep away from pets and children. If consumed, it can cause stomach problems like vomiting and diarrhea.

Growth Season

It's a slow growing plant. The Sansevierias actively grow during warmer seasons. So, the spring and summer are ideal for growth. Flowering time can be irregular, but it can mostly happen during spring.


It's a foolproof, low maintenance plant that is not susceptible to pests. Follow a good watering schedule, keep the plant clean and give in enough light. This will prevent many potential problems.


Plant division is the best option for propagation. Carefully divide the plant so that each small section has some roots, and repot them to make new plants. Cuttings (4-5 inches long) can also produce baby plants after planting.

Growing Conditions


Water the plant only after the soil gets completely dry. Usually once a week is enough. In winters, it can be watered once a month. Don't let the plant sit in wet soil for long, especially during winters.


Ideal light for growth and blooming is bright, filtered light. However, it can tolerate anything from the full sun to low light conditions. Avoid deep shadowy places and full tropical sun.


A mix of potting soil and perlite can be used. You can also use soilless potting mix for cacti and succulents. Never use a 100% dense soil. Soil has to be loose and fast-draining.


It has an excellent heat tolerance and can survive extreme temperatures. Theoretically, it is hardy to 28°F, if kept dry. But, it's better to avoid freezing temperatures.

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