Gold Hahnii

Sansevieria Golden Hahnii (Bird’s Nest Snake Plant)

Sansevieria ‘Golden Hahnii’ is a rare hybrid. Also known as Bird’s Nest Snake Plant. Buttery yellow leaves are funnel shaped. And, accented with green vertical stripes. In addition, leaves form an elegant rosette of lush succulent foliage the size of a bird’s nest. Hence, it’s common name 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 (15-24° C) but will survive short periods of temps at 50° F (10° C)


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

‘Bird’s Nest’, ‘Good Luck Plant’, ‘Golden Bird’s Nest’, ‘Golden Hahnii’, ‘Dwarf Snake Plant’, ‘Birdsnest Plant’, ‘Bird’s Nest Sansevieria’, ‘Hahn’s Sansevieria’, ‘Dwarf Mother-in-Law Tongue’, Good Luck Plant, Dwarf Snake Plant

Scientific Name

Sansevieria trifasciata Golden 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 is pronounced san-se-VEER-ee-uh try-FASH-ee-aw-tuh HAHN-eye. One of over 70 different species falling under the snake plant category. 

‘Gold Hahnii’ is a dwarf variety of the well known Snake Plant. In fact, it only grows about 6-8” tall. Never growing over a foot tall. Indeed perfect for desks or small spaces. Additionally, it has a cacti-like appearance with interesting variegation. 

Vase-like rosettes have spirally arranged broad elliptical leaves. Bird’s Nest Hahnii is great for adding a pop of color in a dark room.

Watering Gold Hahnii

This member of the Agave family is a low maintenance succulent. In fact it only needs watering once or twice a month. Water thoroughly from below or at the base of the plant. Additionally, only when the soil becomes dry.

When in doubt about watering, it is best to wait. This is because it is a drought-tolerant plant. A moisture meter is a fool proof way to check on watering.  Also, do not allow water to stand on the leaves. Be careful not to overwater. Specifically because of potential root rot. Finally, always plant in a pot with drainage holes.

Golden Hahnii Humidity

Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Golden 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 trifasciata Golden Hahnii - Bird’s Nest Snake Plant
Sansevieria trifasciata Golden Hahnii - Bird’s Nest Snake Plant

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

Sansevieria trifasciata Golden Hahnii - Bird’s Nest Snake Plant
Sansevieria trifasciata Golden Hahnii - Bird’s Nest Snake Plant

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 isn’t 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. Sansevierias are low maintenance plants and do not require a lot of feeding. This plant is sensitive to over fertilizing so only use sparingly.

Sansevieria trifasciata Golden Hahnii - Bird’s Nest Snake Plant
Sansevieria trifasciata Golden Hahnii - Bird’s Nest Snake Plant

‘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 root ball, from offsets, and from leaf cuttings. 

To propagate from a leaf, use clean shears to take a leaf cutting. Have them callus over for a few days. Place them in water or soil in the same direction they normally grow. An upside down cutting 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

Outside ‘Golden Hahnii’ is used as a groundcover and for edging because it is drought resistant. Indoors it is easy to care for and makes a nice houseplant. It can tolerate low humidity and go without water for long periods. They will suffer a little from under watering, but will really suffer from overwatering.

Sansevieria trifasciata Golden Hahnii - Bird’s Nest Snake Plant
Sansevieria trifasciata Golden Hahnii - Bird’s Nest Snake Plant

Creamy tan flowers bloom in mid-summer. Bird’s Nest will not die after it flowers. However, it may stop growing new leaves. The flowers apparently have a sweet aroma. Although I have never smelled them. Some snake plants, depending on the growing conditions, rarely flower.  In fact, even very healthy plants may be stubborn and not grow flowers.

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Sansevieria trifasciata Golden Hahnii - Bird’s Nest Snake Plant

Snake Plant Toxicity

Bird’s Neat are mildly toxic if eaten. Keep away from children and animals, as all parts of the plant are toxic.

Sansevieria trifasciata Golden Hahnii - Bird’s Nest Snake Plant
Sansevieria trifasciata Golden Hahnii - Bird’s Nest Snake Plant

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

bird's nest snake plant
bird's nest snake plant

Many snake plant lovers allow their plant 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.

There are over 70 varieties of snake plants. To learn more about different snake plant varieties such as the Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Cylindrica’, Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Laurentii’, Futura Robusta, Trifasciata ‘Cylindrica’, and more visit our Snake Pant Variety post here.

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

Golden Dwarf Snake

Low maintenance, drought-tolerant houseplant that stays short and grows in a rosette form.

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2 thoughts on “Sansevieria Golden Hahnii (Bird’s Nest Snake Plant)”

  1. Bonjour, j’ai trop arrosé mon golden hahnii, toutes les racines ont pourries, je l’ai placé dans un verre d’eau. Ma question est; va t-il faire des racines? ou Serait-il mieux de le laisser sécher 2 à 3 jours et le remettre en terre? Si oui, dois-je l’arroser après la plantation?

    Aidez-moi S.V.P. je ne veux pas le perdre.


    1. Hello! I used google translate so I am hoping this is what you are asking:
      “Hello, I overwatered my golden hahnii, all the roots have rotted, I placed it in a glass of water. My question is; will it make roots? or Would it be better to let it dry for 2 to 3 days and put it back in the ground? If so, should I water it after planting?

      Please help me I don’t want to lose it.

      Thank you”

      I would definitely leave it in water and transfer to soil when it produces new healthy roots (if it’s not too late already). If you decide to put in soil now, make sure it is only dry soil and hold off on watering. It needs to completely dry out.

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