White or White Striped Sansevieria
Sansevieria trifasciata cv. ‘Bantel’s Sensation’
ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AWARD OF GARDEN MERIT
Sansevieria trifasciata Prain is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Sansevieria. It was named and described by David Prain in Bengal Plants in 1903.
This plant was “discovered” by Gustav Bantel of St. Louis, Missouri who patented the plant (PP 796) in 1948. The Llifle website has more information. The article says he discovered the plant, but I think he created it…
Plants of the World Online lists 73 accepted genera in the Sansevieria genus. The genus is currently placed in the Asparagaceae Family, formerly in the Dracaenaceae.
I bought this interesting Sansevieria trifasciata cultivar from Lowe’s in 2013. It was strange because instead of the usual horizontal variegation, this one’s variegation was vertical.
Origin: Species native to west-central Africa
Zones: USDA Zones 10b-11 (35 to 40° F)
Size: 18 to 36” tall or more.
Light: Light Shade
Soil: Well-drained soil
Water: Water thoroughly when the soil is dry. DO NOT over water and DO NOT allow the pot to sit in water.
Sansevieria do best in moderately bright or filtered light such as in front of a north-facing window. They tolerate low light, but brighter light will bring out the color of their leaves. To much light can cause their leaf edges to yellow.
Their soil should be allowed to dry out completely before watering again. They need to be watered deeply and thoroughly but water remaining in the saucer should be discarded because their pots should never be allowed to sit in water for any period of time. They will not tolerate soggy soil and their roots will rot easily if the soil remains to wet for any period of time.
Sansevieria are light feeders and to much fertilizer will make their leaves fall over. There are several recommendations about fertilizing and a few of the links below will give you some ideas. I never fertilized mine and many people don’t.
Sansevieria like a crowded root system. I read before that they are best grown in clay pots and should not be repotted until their roots break the pot…
Propagation by division and leaf cuttings is pretty simple. Cuttings should be about 4” (10 cm.) long and placed in moist sand. Umm… Be aware the offspring of variegated cultivars will lack the gold margin if propagated by leaf cuttings.
The NASA Clean Air Study found Sansevieria trifasciata has air purification qualities, removing 4 of the 5 main toxins including carbon dioxide during the night.
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