Sansevieria Cylindrica

sansevieria cylindrica

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Sansevieria Cylindrica is an attractive succulent plant with stiff cylindrical leaves. Leaves grow out from a basal rosette and have no stems. This plant belongs to the genus Dracaena from the Asparagaceae family.

Also known as

  • Dracaena Angolensis
  • Cylindrical Snake Plant
  • African Spear
  • Spear Sansevieria
  • Saint Bárbara Sword
  • Acyntha Cylindrica
  • Cordyline Cylindrica
  • Sansevieria Angolensis
  • Cylindrical Mother In Law’s Tongue
  • Sansevieria Livingstoniae
  • Spear Orchid
  • Skyline Spear
  • Elephant’s Toothpick

At a glance



Indigenous to south tropical Africa, particularly Angola.


Evergreen and stiff foliage that grows fan-shaped. It has cylindrical, long, greenish-gray colored leaves. Each leaf has thin vertical stripes and horizontal light green bands.


The plant can grow up to 6-7 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide. Leaves are almost 1 inch in diameter, and taper gradually to the peak. The flower stalk can grow to the height of 3 feet.


Once a year, tall flower spikes rise from the leaf base. Each spike grows clusters of delicate tubular shaped greenish-white flowers. Flowers are 1-1.5" long, lightly fragrant and have a pinkish tint.


All parts of the plant are mildly toxic if ingested. It can affect both humans and animals. Poisoning can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea etc.


Low maintenance plant which is less likely to get infected by pests and diseases. It is resistant to verticillium wilt, but can get attacked by vine weevils and mealy bugs.


Propagate this plant by root division when it is medium to large size. Leaf cuttings (3-4 inches long) can also be grown in moist sand.

Growth Season

This evergreen plant actively grows during spring-summer season. Flowering period is usually winter-spring. It blooms at a younger age than other Sansevierias.

Growing Conditions


Sandy, gritty and well-draining soil is best suitable. Recommended soil mix consists of 3 parts loam and 1 part pumice.


This drought-tolerant plant doesn't need frequent watering. Water once every other week in growing season, and once a month during winters.


Ideal conditions are bright indirect sunlight or partially shaded areas. However, it can also grow in low light.


Well suited for indoors and outdoors. Ideal temperature range is between 65-80°F (18-27°C). Protect from strong air vents and temperature below 50°F.

Care guide for Sansevieria Cylindrica

Read about the ideal growing conditions for your cylindrical snake plant. Learn how to repot, water, propagate and care for the Sansevieria Cylindrica.

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