Sansevieria Desertii – Snake Plant Care

Sansevieria Desertii is an evergreen flowering succulent plant. It naturally grows in summer rainfall areas, open savanna forests or near river banks. This species forms large dense colonies with other succulents. It has cylindrical and pointy leaves. This plant belongs to the genus Dracaena from the Asparagaceae family.

Also Known As

Sansevieria Pearsonii, Spiky Mother In Law’s Tongue, Sansevieria Rhodesiana, Gemsbok Horn, Stiff Bowstring, Rhino Grass Snake Plant.

At A Glance



S. Desertii is native to several parts of Africa. It grows in Transvaal, Swaziland, Namibia and Natal which are drier regions of South Africa. It is also found in Tanzania.


Each leaf can grow up to 3 feet tall and 1.5 inches wide. The foliage has a tendency to diverge from base to apex forming a fountain shape. Flower stalk can have about same height as the plant itself.


This Sansevieria species has tough, cylindrical and sharply pointed leaves that grow in 2 ranks. They have dark green color and almost invisible dark bands. Smooth to ribbed leaves have narrow grooves inside. Young leaves may have slight pale bands. The mature leaves are longitudinally grooved.


The fluorescence has numerous small tubular flowers in groups of 6-10. Flowers grow on a tall spike in irregularly placed clusters. Color of the flowers is pinkish white and grey bluish mauve at the base. The blossom has a pleasant scent.


Sansevieria Desertii is mildly toxic when eaten. The ingestion can cause mouth, throat irritation, and some gastrointestinal problems. Keep away from children and pets.

Growth Season

Warmer climates promote the growth of this plant. It is in dormant state during the winters. Flowering happens in late winter to spring season.


This plant is very less likely to be infested by pests. Spider mites, thrips, whitefly may cause some trouble. Follow proper watering schedule to prevent any fungal diseases.


Plant division is the fastest method for creating new plants. Leaf cutting also works but takes time. For this, cut a leaf in 3-4 inches long sections and plant them until they form roots. After the roots are 1.5-2 inches long, remove and plant in a new pot.

Growing Conditions


This plant is drought-tolerant and doesn't require frequent watering. The watering schedule can be once every 1-2 weeks in the growth season. During winters, water once a month. Don't let the soil remain wet for too long, especially during winters.


It can survive anything from the full sun to low light conditions. Bright indirect sunlight is ideal for the growth and blooming. Outdoor plants prefer shade or semi-shade in tropical regions. In a non-tropical climate, it can tolerate a full sun at the beginning and end of the day.


A fast-draining and slightly loose soil is great for Sansevieria. Recommended mix is a combination of 3 parts of loam and 1 part of pumice. You can also add coir, peat or perlite in a regular soil. Just make sure that the soil drains water freely.


The plant has excellent heat tolerance. Ideal growing temperature for this variety ranges from the average room temperature to hot tropical climate. It is theoretically hardy to 28°F (-2°C) if you keep it dry. However, it's best to avoid extreme cold. Don't water at night during the winter season.

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