Sansevieria Moonshine

moonshine snake plant

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Sansevieria Moonshine is often mentioned as a cultivar of Sansevieria Trifasciata. However, there is uncertainity about the parent species. This stunning plant is recognised by its wide, tongue-shaped, silver-green leaves that arise from the ground. Plants growing in deeply shaded areas can have slightly darker leaves.
The parent species Sansevieria Trifasciata (renamed as Dracaena Trifasciata) belongs to the genus Dracaena of the Asparagaceae family.

Also known as

  • Sansevieria Trifasciata Moonshine
  • Moonlight Sansevieria
  • Sansevieria Moonglow
  • Moonshine Snake Plant
  • Silver Sansevieria
  • Silver Snake Plant
  • Sansevieria Futura Silver Offset
  • Sansevieria Trifasciata Moonlight

At a glance

Features

Origin

It is a nursery produced cultivar. Parent plant species is native to southern parts of Africa.

Foliage

The leaves are light silvery green and have narrow dark-green borders. The foliage grows upright forming individual divisions of around 3 leaves. Each division makes a vase-shaped form as it grows. New leaves are almost white.

Size

This plant can grow up to 2 feet tall. While each leaf can get as broad as 4-5 inches.

Flower

This plant may flower. Bright light conditions or morning sun seems to encourage blooming. The flowers are white in color, and lightly fragrant.

Toxicity

All parts of the plant are mildly toxic if consumed. Keep away from your cat or dog. Poisoning can cause stomach and mouth irritation.

Pests

Typically immune to pests and diseases. If you notice any pest, They are probably mealybugs or spider mites.

Propagation

Moonshine plant can be propagated by division, using rhizomes or even leaf cuttings. In case of cuttings, take at least 2-3 inches long sections.

Growth Season

This evergreen plant actively grows during spring to summer season. The bloom time is infrequent, but probably happen in spring.

Growing Conditions

Soil

Sandy and well-draining soil is best suitable. Make your own soil mix, or use a potting mix for cacti and succulents.

Water

This drought-tolerant plant doesn't need much water. Overwatering can cause root rot. Water once every other week in growing season, and once a month during winters.

Light

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

Environment

It is well suited as a pot plant. It is a hardy plant and can be grown indoors or outdoors. Temperature range of 55-85°F (13-29°C) is ideal. Chilly temperature below 32°F may scar the leaves.

Care guide for Sansevieria Moonshine

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

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