Sansevieria Golden Hahnii

sansevieria golden hahnii

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Sansevieria Golden Hahnii is a variegated cultivar of Sansevieria Trifasciata Hahnii. Sansevieria Trifasciata is commonly known as Snake Plant or Mother in law’s tongue. And Hahnii is a name given to its miniature cultivar.

Golden Hahnii has a very similar leaf structure as Hahnii. The only difference is the presence of creamy yellow stripes along the length of each leaf. This pop of color gives Golden Hahnii an interesting and beautiful look.

This cultivar was discovered by Sylvan Hahn. Plus, it has a stunning golden yellow color. Hence the name ‘Golden Hahnii’. The plant was issued a patent in 1953.

The parent plant Sansevieria Trifasciata was earlier classified under the genus Sansevieria. Since 2017, it’s a part of the genus Dracaena from Asparagaceae family.

Also known as

  • Dracaena Trifasciata Golden Hahnii
  • Sansevieria Trifasciata Golden Hahnii
  • Golden Bird’s Nest
  • Golden Bird’s Nest Sansevieria
  • Sansevieria Golden Hahnii
  • Golden Hahnii Snake Plant
  • Golden Bird’s Nest Snake Plant

At a glance



The cultivar Golden Hahnii has a garden origin. Its parent species Sansevieria Trifasciata is native to western parts of Africa.


Golden Hahnii has green leaves with horizontal grayish-green bands like a typical Hahnii. Additionally, this plant has lovely yellow stripes. These vertical stripes can appear anywhere on a leaf surface. Length and width of each yellow stripe is random. The foliage forms an attractive rosette shape. Leaves are flat, lance-shaped, smooth to touch, and get tapered towards the end. There are narrow dark green borders on the leaves.


This dwarf cultivar can grow maximum 1 foot. Mature leaves are 5-6 inches long and up to 3 inches wide. Flower stalk can be as tall as 1.5 feet.


This plant can rarely flower. When it does, it grows a vertical flower stalk covered in bunches of small buds. The flowers are creamy greenish-white in color. These small, tubular flowers are lightly fragrant.


This plant has low level toxicity. If ingested, it can cause mouth and stomach irritations, vomiting and diarrhea. It can affect both humans and pets.


Sansevierias are not very susceptible to pests. Spider mites and mealybugs are possible low-level threats. The rosette shape of the foliage is prone to retain water, which can lead to fungal infections. So, always make sure to keep the leaves dry.


Propagation is possible by plant division, leaf cuttings or rhizomes. Remember that leaf propagation methods will remove the variegation. The offspring plant will be a Hahnii without yellow stripes.

Growth Season

This evergreen plant actively grows during warmer months. And in cold winters, it becomes dormant. Spring and summer are good for the plant growth. Flowering usually happens in late winter or in the spring.

Growing Conditions


Fast-draining and loose soil is great for Golden Hahnii. Recommended mix is loam and pumice in 3:1 ratio. You can also use potting mix made for cacti and succulents. If you have regular soil, mix in perlite, sand or gravel to increase drainage.


Sansevieria doesn't need frequent watering. Water once every week, during the growth season. In winters, you can water once a month. Let the soil dry off before you water again.


It can tolerate anything from the full sun to low light conditions. Ideally go for bright and indirect sunlight. Protect the plant from harsh afternoon sun. Brightly lit rooms and windows covered by sheer curtains are some of the best places to keep indoor plants.


An average room temperature and humidity works well for this plant. Ideally 60-85°F (16-85°C) is considered a good temperature range. Avoid temperature below 40°F, as it can damage the plant.

Learn more about care and propagation of Sansevierias