Sansevieria ‘Black Star hahnii’ | Bird’s Nest Snake Plant

Sansevieria Black Star hahnii is a rare compact Snake Plant that is just perfect for table and desk tops. Black Star’s dark gorgeous green leaves with bright yellow variegation grow to be about 8″ tall. Every angle of this plant is absolutely beautiful! Snake plants are one of the varieties recommended by NASA’s air purifying study. This Sansevieria ‘Black Star’ cluster is gorgeous and such a great size for a house plant. Also known as Bird’s Nest Snake Plant as it grows in a rosette shape that will make babies right up against the main “mother” plant. Leaves are funnel shaped and form an elegant rosette of lush succulent foliage the size of a bird’s nest.


Occasional – Drought Tolerant. Only needs watering once or twice a month


Bright Shade – Mostly Shade


They prefer lower humidity in the air.


Performs best in temperatures between 59-74°F but will survive short periods of temps at 50°F


Prefers a well-draining soil


Fertilize plants twice a month at 1/2 strength during the growing season.


Susceptible to mealybugs, thrips, spider mites and aphids.


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Common Name

 Black Star Hahnii, Black Gold Hahnii, Bird’s Nest Snake Plant, Rosette Snake Plant, Sansevieria Golden Hahnii Black, Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Lotus Hahnii’, Sansevieria hahnii Black Gold

Scientific Name

Sansevieria trifasciata Black Star Hahnii


Mildly toxic if eaten. Keep away from children and animals.

Snake plants are one of the easiest and most adaptable houseplants around. Sansevieria trifasciata hahnii (san-se-VEER-ee-uh try-FASH-ee-aw-tuh HAHN-eye) is one of over 70 different species falling under the heading snake plant. ‘Black Star Hahnii’ is a dwarf variety of the well known Snake Plant. The plant only grows about 6-8” tall. Never growing over a foot tall, making it perfect for desks or small spaces. This succulent has a cacti-like appearance with interesting variegation. Vase-like rosettes have spirally arranged broad elliptical leaves. This Hahnii variety is great for adding a pop of color in a dark room.

This member of the Agave family is a low maintenance succulent that only needs watering once or twice a month. Water thoroughly from below or at the base of the plant, only when the soil becomes dry. If you doubt about watering it, then wait because it is a drought-tolerant plant. If you really want to be sure a inexpensive moisture meter can be a fool proof way of watering. Do not allow water to stand on the leaves. Be careful not to overwater as this can lead to root rot. Always plant in a pot with a drainage hole.

Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Black Star Hahnii’ grows well in high humidity levels and dry conditions. Keep it away from air vents or drafts as this can dry out your plant. It will need very little water in the winter.

Sansevieria 'Black Star hahnii' | Bird's Nest Snake Plant
Sansevieria 'Black Star hahnii'

Sansevieria thrives in moderate to bright, indirect light but will adapt to low light conditions too. Colors are enhanced in bright, filtered conditions. Tolerates low light and partial shade making it a popular office plant. It is one of the top plants that grow in fluorescent lights.

Sansevieria 'Black Star hahnii' | Bird's Nest Snake Plant
Sansevieria 'Black Star hahnii'

Hahnii Sansevieria acts as an indoor air purifier, removing toxins from indoor environments. They tolerate many soil conditions, but grow best in well draining soil. I prefer a soil amended with gravel, perlite, or pumice or coarse sand to allow good drainage. A standard succulent or cactus mix combined with perlite is also an excellent choice for snake plants. It is not too picky about pH requirements and does well in soil ranging from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. 

Use a fertilizer diluted at half strength if needed. Sansevieria are low maintenance plants and do not require a lot of supplementary feeding. This plant is sensitive to over fertilizing so only use sparingly.

Sansevieria 'Black Star hahnii'
Sansevieria 'Black Star hahnii'

Black Star Hahnii Propagation

The ‘Bird’s Nest’ succulents naturally propagate from underground rhizomes that run on top of or just beneath the surface of the soil. Propagation can be done by dividing the rootball, from offsets, and from leaf cuttings. 

To propagate from a leaf, take leaf cuttings and have them callus over for a few days. Place them in water or soil in the same direction they normally grow. Upside down cuttings will not take root.

Propagation also works well by dividing the root ball. Separate and place each division in a new pot with a drainage hole. Read more on Propagating Snake Plants here.

Snake Plant Care and Propagation | Sansevieria
Sansevieria trifasciata Laurentii Snake Plant Propagating in Water

‘Black Star Hahnii’ is used outside as a groundcover and for edging.  It is drought resistant so it is perfect for xeriscaping. Indoors it is easy to care for and makes a nice, attractive, trouble-free houseplant. It tolerates low humidity and goes without water for long periods. It will suffer little from under watering but will really suffer from overwatering.

Creamy tan flowers bloom in mid-summer.  Bird’s Nest will not die after it flowers but it will stop producing new leaves.  The flowers apparently have a sweet aroma although we have never smelled them.  Some of these plants, depending on the growing conditions, rarely flower.  Even very healthy plants may be stubborn and not produce flowers.

Mildly toxic if eaten. Keep away from children and animals as pets as all parts of the plant are toxic.

Keep Bird’s Nest leaves shiny and glossy by dusting them with a soft damp cloth. Do not mist your snake plant because it can leave unsightly water spots on the leaves. Over time leaves may naturally die. Be sure to trim them back.

Many Snake Plant lovers allow their Sansevieria to become root bound and do not transplant more often than once every two to five years. This will not necessarily hurt the plant. However, once the plant outgrows its current pot repotting your Bird’s Nest Snake Plant will allow it to continue to thrive and grow. Add fresh soil every spring if not transplanting.

Snake Plants rarely are affected by pests, but it can happen. The major pests that affect the Snake plants are mealybugs, thrips, spider mites and aphids. These pests feed off the plant by sucking sap from the leaves. This causes wilting and eventual drying of the plant if you don’t control them. Learn more about pest eradication here.

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