White or White Striped Sansevieria
Dracaena trifasciata ‘Bantel’s Sensation’
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Bantel’s Sensation’
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Synonyms of Dracaena trifasciata (4) (Updated on 11-15-20): Sansevieria aureovariegata Mottet, Sansevieria jacquinii N.E.Br., Sansevieria laurentii De Wild., Sansevieria trifasciata Prain
Dracaena trifasciata (hort. x Prain) Mabb. is now the correct and accepted scientific name for this species. It was named and described as such by David John Mabberley in Mabberley’s Plant Book in 2017. it was first named and described as Sansevieria trifasciata by David Prain in Bengal Plants in 1903.
Due to phylogenetic testing, it has been determined that species in the Dracaena and Sanseverieria genera should be in the same genus. Since the genus Dracaena was named first in 1767, it wins over Sansevieria which was named in 1794.
This plant was “discovered” by Gustav Bantel of St. Louis, Missouri who patented the plant (PP 796) in 1948. The LLIFLE (Encyclopedia of Living Forms) website has more information.
The genus, Sansevieria Thunb., was named and described as such by Carl Peter Thunberg in Prodromus Plantarum Capensium in 1794.
The genus, Dracaena Vand. ex L., was described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in Mantissa Plantarum in 1767. He gave credit to Domingo (Domingos, Domenico) Vandelli for first naming and describing the genus.
Plants of the World Online lists 190 species in the Dracaena genus (as of 11-14-20 when I am updating this page). It a member of the Asparagaceae Family with 118 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made. Sanseveria was formerly in the Dracaenaceae Family.
Plants of the World Online previously listed 73 accepted genera in the Sansevieria genus. The results of phylogenetic (DNA) testing proved Sanseveria and Draceana should be in the same genus, genetically. Since the genus Dracaena was named before Sansevieria, the species in Sansevieria were moved to Dracaena. Many species of both genera had been moved back and forth between the two multiple of times throughout the years anyway.
There are several links at the bottom of the page for further reading.
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 overwater and DO NOT allow the pot to sit in water.
Dracaena trifasciata 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. Too 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 too wet for any period of time.
Dracaena trifasciata are light feeders and too 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.
They 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 Dracaena trifasciata has air purification qualities, removing 4 of the 5 main toxins including carbon dioxide during the night.
I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant.