Sansevieria Silver Hahnii

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Sansevieria Silver Hahnii is a beautiful dwarf cultivar of snake plant, aka Sansevieria Trifasciata. It originated from a cultivar called Sansevieria Hahnii. Hahnii is a miniature cultivar with bright green leaves. While Silver Hahnii, as the name suggests, has silvery white leaves. They are small, flat and succulent. This plant has no stems above ground. The leaves are produced in clusters from the rhizomes.

Silver Hahnii was patented by Sylvan Hahn in 1953. It was developed in the United States. This cultivar is a bit smaller in size than its sister Golden Hahnii.

Silver Hahnii snake plant belongs to the genus Dracaena from the Asparagaceae family.

Also known as

  • Sansevieria Trifasciata Silver Hahnii
  • Silver Bird’s Nest Snake Plant
  • Dracaena Trifasciata Silver Hahnii
  • Silver Hahnii Snake Plant
  • Silver Bird’s Nest Sansevieria
  • Dwarf Silver Snake Plant

At a glance

Features

Origin

The cultivar Hahnii originated in a nursery in New Orleans, US. The parent species Sansevieria Trifasciata is native to western parts of Africa.

Foliage

Hahnii plants have a small rosette-shaped cluster of short and broad leaves. Leaves of Silver Hahnii are silver-white to pale green in color. They have irregular horizontal green bands and narrow green margins. Leaf texture is glossy and smooth.

Size

It is a dwarf cultivar that grows up to 8-9 inches. Leaves are 4-5 inches long and up to 3 inches wide. Flower stalk can be almost the same height as the plant.

Flower

It's extremely rare for this plant to flower. Flowers might grow in bunches on vertical flower stalks. The flowers can have greenish white color, small and tubular shape.

Toxicity

This plant has low level toxicity. If ingested, it can cause mouth and stomach irritations, vomiting and diarrhea. Keep it away from children and pets.

Pests

Sansevierias are hardly bothered by pests and diseases. Spider mites and mealybugs are possible low risks. The shape of the foliage may retain water for long time, which can lead to fungal infections. Make sure to keep the leaves dry.

Propagation

Propagation is possible by plant division and leaf cuttings. Leaf cuttings may change the variegation or leaf color. When using leaf cuttings, take at least 3-4 inches sections and plant them in soil. Because of the smaller leaf size, use a whole leaf.

Growth Season

This evergreen plant actively grows during the spring to summer season. In cold winters, it can become dormant. Flowering time is erratic.

Growing Conditions

Soil

Well-draining loam-based soil is great for Silver Hahnii. Recommended mix is loam and pumice in 3:1 ratio. You can also use potting mix for cacti and succulents.

Water

It absolutely dislikes wet roots. Let the soil dry off before watering again. Water once every other week or once a week, depending on its needs. In winters, you can water once a month.

Light

It can tolerate anything from filtered to full sun as well as low light conditions. Bright indirect light seems to promote growth and bloom. For outdoor plants, select a shaded area to protect the plant from harsh afternoon sun.

Environment

It's a good indoor and outdoor ornamental plant. Well suited for average room temperature and humidity. Temperature between 60-85°F (16-85°C) is ideal. Avoid temperature below 40°F.

Learn more about care and propagation of Sansevierias