There are many Snake Plant varieties. This identification & care guide will help you identify some of your favorite Sansevieria varieties. If you’re looking for an easy-care houseplant, then look no further than the popular Sansevieria. Commonly known as Snake plant, Bowstrings Hemp, or Mother-in-law’s tongue. In fact, it’s called the mother-in-law’s tongue because of its sharp and pointy leaves. Also because it lives a really long time. Additionally, Sansevieria is also called Bowstrings Hemp, because the plant’s fibers can actually be used to make bowstrings.

There are about 70 Sansevieria species. In fact, varieties feature thick, rigid, hard leaves in various textures, colors, sizes, and shapes. Additionally, most Snake Plant varieties have stiff, upright, sword-like leaves. Furthermore, they may be banded or edged in gray, silver, or gold.

This hardy plant is adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions. Indeed, low maintenance and also drought tolerant. Not to mention Snake plant’s sleek architectural design makes it popular among interior designers. And those looking for a striking plant. Definitely one of the easiest houseplants to grow and one of the hardest to kill.

Additionally, Snake Plants are also called “oxygen bombs”. Indeed because they are natural air purifiers. In fact, some believe they can decrease stress and increase productivity. 

Let’s take a look at some of our favorite Snake Plant (Sansevieria) varieties below. 

The Sansevieria Trifasciata is probably one of the most popular Snake Plant varieties. Also commonly called the Snake Plant or Mother-in-law’s tongue. However, it is now known as Dracaena trifasciata (dra-SEE-nah try-fas-ee-AY-tuh).

The leaves are dark green in color with light gray-green cross-bands. Growing up to 4 feet tall and 3 inches wide. Furthermore, it is commonly confused with Sansevieria zeylanica. Learn more about Sansevieria Trifasciata care here.

Other names: Mother-in-law’s tongue, Mother-in-law’s Nose, Saint George’s Sword, African Bowstring Hemp, Snake Plant, Sansevieria zeylanica, Dracaena trifasciata Prain

Native to: West Africa, Congo, Nigeria

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The Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ is another one of the most well-known Snake Plant varieties. This Sansevieria Snake Plant variety is variegated version of the Sansevieria Trifasciata. Definitely popular for its green leaves with dark green repetitive horizontal lines and yellow edges. However, keep in mind that if propagated from leaf cuttings the new plant will lose the yellow edging. 

Learn more about how to care for Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ here.

Common names: Snake Plant, Variegated Snake Plant, Striped Mother-in-law’s tongue, Jinn’s tongue, Saint George’s sword, Devil’s tongue, Sansevieria zeylanica var. laurentii, Sansevieria trifasciata Prain

Native to: West Africa

The Sansevieria Black Gold has dark green centers that are surrounded by light yellow to gold edges. In fact, Black Gold is one of the best houseplants of all time. Indeed because it thrives on neglect. Perfect for the forgetful gardener.

Black Gold Snake Plants tolerate low humidity and are also drought tolerant. Feed with slow release pellets or liquid Fertilizer.

I personally love the stiff upright green leaves. Additionally, the striking yellow on the edges of the leaves is a beautiful contrast to the emerald leaves.

Buy it: Sansevieria Trifasciata Black Gold

Futura Robusta Snake Plant is a popular, easy care houseplant. Additionally, it forms dense stands of vertical leaves, arranged in a rosette, spreading by rhizomes to fill an area.

This Sansevieria Futura Robusta variety is compact. Producing silvery-green leaves, mottled and striped with dark green. However, the flowers are not ornamentally significant. Robusta may benefit from an occasional pruning to look its best.

Common names: Mother-in-law’s tongue, Sansevieria Robusta, Sansevieria Futura, Futura Robusta, Robusta Snake Plant

Native to: West Africa

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The Sansevieria Trifasciata Futura Superba looks just like Sansevieria Laurentii with similar leaf pattern & colors. However, Futura Superba has wider leaves and is shorter in height. Alternatively, the Futura Superba variety has a shorter, slender, stiff, slightly twisted sword-like leaf.

Additionally, attractive leaves of the slow growing Futura Robusta Sansevieria have a vase-like appearance. Featuring leaves that are wide, slightly mottled, overlapping, with a dark green and light pale green leaves. Furthermore, this snake plant forms naturally in clumps growing up to 16-30 inches tall.

Buy it: Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Futura Superba’

The Superba Robusta Snake Plant is happy with low to bright light. Although, be sure to avoid direct sun. Additionally, is can also grow in fluorescent lighting. Therefore, perfect for the office.

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The Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Cylindrica’ is one the most unique Snake Plant varieties. Indeed because of the round shaped stems that grow up out of the pot like spears or pencils. Sansevieria Cylindrica has dark green spear-like leaves that are striped. In fact, sometimes they are braided as well. Learn more Sansevieria Cylindrica care here.

Common Names: Cylindrical Snake Plant, African Spear Plant, Spear Sansevieria, Spear Orchid, Skyline Spear Sansevieria

Native to: Angola

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The Sansevieria Cylindrica ‘Boncel’ has short, fat leaves that spread out like a fan. When it does bloom, they can grow up to three feet tall. Additionally, flowers are pink and white. Learn more about Sansevieria Cylindrica ‘Boncel’ here.

Common names: Spear Orchid, Skyline Spear Sansevieria, Snake Plant Starfish, Sansevieria Starfish

Native to: West Africa 

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Sansevieria ‘Rhino’

The Sansevieria Cylindrica ‘Rhino’ has short, fat leaves similar to the Starfish Snake Plant. However, leaves are much fatter. Also referred to as Sansevieria ‘Obake’. When full grown leaves are big and strong.

Common names: Rhino Snake Plant, Rhino Sansevieria, Sansevieria Obake, Sansevieria Rhino Horn, sansevieria obake rhino

Native to: West Africa 

Certainly the brightest cultivar with thick gold edges and a light green center. A compact variety, Gold Hahnii has light green leaves edged in gold. Its little flowers are pinkish-white and fragrant. This beauty tends to bloom to bloom in late winter or early spring. Learn more care instructions here.

Also known as: Golden Bird’s Nest Sansevieria, Golden Hahnii, Gold Hahnii, Golden Dwarf Snake Plant, Dracaena Trifasciata Golden Hahnii, Sansevieria Trifasciata Golden Hahnii, Sansevieria Golden Hahnii, Golden Hahnii Snake Plant, Golden Bird’s Nest Snake Plant

Native to: Tropical West Africa from Nigeria to the east of the Congo

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Sansevieria Trifasciata Hahnii
Sansevieria Trifasciata Hahnii

This Snake Plant does look similar to a Golden Hahnii. However, Trifasciata hahnii’s leaves are dark green in color with light-green stripes. The Trifasciata hahnii is a short-growing plant and typically grows anywhere from 6”-8” tall. Prefers moderately bright or filtered light. It is susceptible to root rot so never allow it to sit in soggy soil. Easy to propagate by division or leaf cuttings. Learn more care instructions here

Common names: Bird’s Nest Sansevieria, Hahn’s Sansevieria, Green Sansevieria, Hahnii Birdsnest Snake Plant, Dwarf Zeylanica Snake Plant, Sansevieria Trifasciata Hahnii, Dracaena Trifasciata Hahnii, Dwarf Mother in Law’s Tongue, Dwarf Snake Plant, Hahn’s Sansevieria, Bird’s Nest Plant

Native to: Tropical West Africa Region 

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Sansevieria 'Black Star Hahnii'
Sansevieria 'Black Star Hahnii'

The Sansevieria Black Star hahnii is a rare compact Snake Plant. Indeed perfect for table and desk tops. Black Star’s dark gorgeous green leaves with bright yellow variegation grow to be about 8 inches (20 cm) tall. In fact, every angle of this plant is absolutely beautiful! 

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. In fact, it will grow pups right up against the main “mother” plant.

Additionally, leaves are funnel shaped and form an elegant rosette of lush succulent foliage the size of a bird’s nest. Snake plants are one of the varieties recommended by NASA’s air purifying study. Learn more care instructions here.

Other names: 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

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The Sansevieria Trifasciata Black Jade Plant, commonly known as Dwarf Snake Plant. The Black Jade Bird’s Nest is a dark solid green and does better in lower light than Snake Plants with bright variegation. 
It will not grow as tall as other snake plants commonly known as Laurentii or Zeylanica. Black Jade will not exceed 10 inches (25 cm) in height. Therefore, making it a perfect candidate for low light areas with space constraints. Learn more care instructions for Sansevieria Black Jade here

Common names: ‘Black Jade Bird’s Nest’, ‘Black Hahnii’, ‘Dwarf Snake Plant’, ‘Birdsnest Plant’, ‘Bird’s Nest Sansevieria’, ‘Hahn’s Sansevieria’, ‘Dwarf Mother-in-Law Tongue’, Dwarf Snake Plant

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Silver Hahnii’ is a rare hybrid. Also known as Silver Bird’s Nest Snake Plant. It has medium silvery gray-green leaves with indistinct transverse green bands through silver coloration and fine dark green margins. 

Leaves are funnel shaped and form an elegant rosette of lush succulent foliage the size of a bird’s nest. Indeed a bit smaller in size than its sister Golden Hahnii. Learn more about Sansevieria Silver Hahnii here

Also known as: Silver Bird’s Nest, Silver Hahnii, Silver Dwarf Snake Plant, Silver Bird’s Nest Sansevieria, Hahn’s Silver Sansevieria, Dwarf Mother-in-Law Tongue, Sansevieria Trifasciata Silver Hahnii, Dracaena Trifasciata Silver Hahnii

The Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Jade Hahnii’ is a stunning Bird’s Nest Variety. Also called Jade Marginata. Its thin gold edges are a lovely contrast deep green leaves. A sansevieria whose leaves grow upwards like the flanks of a flame. Learn more about Sansevieria Jade Hahnii here.

Also known as: Sansevieria Jade Dwarf Marginata, Sansevieria Trifasciata Jade Dwarf Marginata, Jade Marginata Snake Plant, Sansevieria Hahnii Jade Marginata, Sansevieria Hahnii Jade Star, Green Jade Hahnii

The Sansevieria Hahnii Streaker is another stunning compact Hahnii variety. It has dark green, patterned margins and a silvery-gray streak in the center of each leaf. Additionally, there is a channel running between the gray and green section of each leaf. Almost like it could separate. 

The Sansevieria Emerald Star is quite a beauty. Glossy deep green leaves fold out from the center of the plant. Perfect for small spaces as it is a dwarf snake plant variety. Of course its sturdy foliage forms a rosette similar to the shape of a star. Hence the name Emerald Star.

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The Sansevieria Hahnii Gaster is very unique and quite rare. Its leaves are thick, stiff, tough and more pointed than other Hahnii varieties. Definitely one of the smaller Snake Plant varieties growing about 4-5 inches (11-12 cm) tall. This upright perennial is low maintenance and tolerant of many lighting situations. Also known as Sansevieria Trifasciata crested Hahnii.

The Sansevieria hahnii Silver Frost forms small rosettes. Leaves are corrugated and embossed in dark green stripes over a silver-green background. Prefers bright indirect light to partial shade. Soil should be slightly acidic (6.1 – 6.5). 

Additionally, flowering can be erratic. After flowering Sansevieria will simply cease to produce new leaves. However, it will continue to produce offsets via its rhizomes.

The Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii Solid Gold’ has bright, glossy, yellow leaves with dark green edges. Indeed a mutation of Golden Hahnii.

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Sansevieria trifasciata 'Black Jack'
Sansevieria trifasciata 'Black Jack'

Sansevieria trifasciata Black Jack

Dracaena Trifasciata Black Jack, formerly the Sansevieria Black Jack is one of the newer snake plant varieties. And, part of the “compact sansevieria varieties”. It originated as a naturally-occurring mutation of the Sansevieria variety ‘Black Gold Superba’. 

In fact, it shows colors very similar to its parent variety ‘Black Gold Superba’. Although, the margins show a bright yellow-green color. Additionally, it also shows more vigor and more leaves (7-10 leaves) per rosette than the Black Gold Superba (3-4 leaves per plant).

Like other Snake Plant varieties, Black Jack needs little water. Definitely moderately drought tolerant and adapts to conditions of light and shade. The new variety ‘Black Jack’ plant has a growth habit that is erect and presents wide leaves supported in a rosette. It has an inverted triangle shape.

Leaves are lanceolate with a soft, waxy texture. Younger leaves show a yellowish green vivid coloration in the interior of the leaf blade. This area also shows irregular streaks or yellowish-green bands. Also, the margins on both sides of the leaf are variegated with irregular horizontal bands. Alternating between light yellowish-green wide bands and bright yellowish-green thin bands. 

When the leaf is mature, the deep color inside turns yellowish green. However, margins alternate between vivid greenish yellow and light-yellowish green colors.

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The Sansevieria Black Robusta has stiff dark green leaves with just the perfect amount of silver sprinkles. Considered to be a medium-sized Snake Plant variety. Sansevieria Trifasciata Black Robusta is a hardy drought-tolerant plant and commonly confused with Sansevieria Black Coral

Definitely low maintenance and stunning to look at. Because of their adaptability and low light tolerance, it is perfect for offices. Additionally, their broad leaves soak up toxins and carbon dioxide and produce oxygen to help purify the air in the room. Learn more Black Robusta snake plant care here.

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Sansevieria ‘Bantel’s Sensation’ is a rare snake plant. Also commonly called the White Snake Plant or White Sansevieria. It features distinctive thin, dark green leaves with vertical variegation of cream and white. Learn more about Bantel’s Sensation here.

Also known as: White Sansevieria, Bantel’s Sensation, White Snake Plant, Sansevieria Manolin, Sansevieria trifasciata `Bantel’s Sensation’

Native to: East Africa 

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The Sansevieria Masoniana is nicknamed Whale Fin Sansevieria or Whale Fin Snake Plant. Undoubtedly because of the unique shape of its unusually wide, paddle-like leaves. Although Whale Fin Sansevieria is slow-growing, it reaches an impressive size compared to other snake plant varieties. 

Masoniana leaves are beautifully mottled with patterns of dark and light green. Additionally, the leaf margins are often a pinkish red.

Like all Snake Plants, Sansevieria Masoniana is known for its air-purifying abilities, great for beginners, and requires very little maintenance. This is can be rare and sometimes hard to find plant. Additionally, it can be a little pricey.

Also Known as: Mason’s Congo, Sansevieria Masoniana Congo, Whale Fin Snake Plant, Whale Fin Sansevieria, Whale Fin Plant 

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Sansevieria Masoniana Variegata

Variegated Sansevieria Masoniana

Sansevieria ‘Masoniana f. Variegata’ has huge, blade-shaped leaves. Indeed highly unusual and instantly recognizable. Additionally, its large leaves have amazing light and dark green mottling and spots. Furthermore, this bright variegated version also has pale yellow leaf margins. Leaves can grow up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 10 inches (25 cm) wide.

When Variegated Masoniana flowers bloom, they appear as a stalk of white flower clusters placed on the center of the plant.

Also Known as: Variegated Mason’s Congo, Sansevieria Masoniana variegated, Variegated Whale Fin Snake Plant, Variegated Whale Fin Sansevieria, Sansevieria Masoniana white, Sansevieria Masoniana white variegated, Variegated Whale Fin

Family: Asparagaceae Subfamily: Crassuloideae Genus: Draceana

Native: Found in a small region near Eyl in Somalia

Sansevieria - Snake Plant Variety Identification with Pictures and Care Guide
Sansevieria 'Golden Flame'

‘Golden Flame’ Sansevieria is a rare variegated hybrid. Although I have seen it popping up in some big box stores. New growth is a striking golden-yellow color. As the sword-shaped leaves mature, they fade to a lovely, rich, dark green. Certainly, the contrast is just lovely.

Sansevieria Gold Flame foliage is upright and gently curved, giving the clumps a vase-like shape. Leaves are shorter than typical Snake Plant varieties. Mature plants can reach up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall and 3 feet (1 m) wide. Will slowly form small colonies from pups.

Also known as: Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Golden Flame’, Sansevieria ‘Gold Flame’, Golden Flame Snake Plant, Gold Flame Snake Plant

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Without a doubt, the Moonshine Sansevieria is one of the most spectacular Snake Plant varieties. In fact, it appears to be a sport of Sansevieria ‘Silver Queen’. Of course its silvery-green leaves make this beauty a favorite. Additionally, when propagated by leaf cuttings, it will revert to a snake plant similar to Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Robusta’. 

Sansevieria Moonshine will tolerate low light levels. However, it will turn a darker green color. Indeed it grows best in bright light or morning sun. Additionally, it may flower with bright morning sun.

Moonshine Snake Plant is hardy to 30-32° F (-1 to -16° C). Although, happiest in warmer temperatures. Furthermore, water sparingly and significantly reduce water as temperatures dip in winter. In fact, it can literally tolerate months between watering. 

A winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Garden Merit Award in 1993. Definitely a great container plant for interior or exterior use that needs little care.

Also known as: Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Moonshine’, Silver Sansevieria, Silver Snake Plant, Moonbeam Sansevieria, Futura Silver Offset, Sansevieria Silver Queen, Dracaena trifasciata Moonshine, Sansevieria Moonglow, Sansevieria moonlight, Moonshine Snake Plant, Silver Moon Sansevieria

Native to: Nigeria and Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo)

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Sansevieria Brazilian Moonshine

The Sansevieria Brazilian Moonshine is a variegated version of the traditional Moonshine Snake Plant. In fact it is incredibly rare. It has silvery leaves with dark green leaves splashing. Low maintenance like other snake plant varieties.

 

The Sansevieria ‘Whitney’  belongs to the “compact Sansevieria group”. It originated as a naturally-occurring mutation of the Sansevieria ‘Black Gold Superba’. Dark green leaves are edged in variegated margins of silvery-green. Additionally, the plant has an inverted triangle shape.

On average 4-5 leaves are produced per plant when it reaches its maturity. Specifically between 7-8 months. Leaves are narrow with a soft waxy texture. Typically leaves are about 3 inches (8.5 cm) at the widest part of a mature leaf. Blades are thin and slightly wavy. In fact Sansevieria Whitney can reach up to 15 inches (40 cm) tall. 

This variety is very drought tolerant and adapts to conditions of light and shade (interior and exterior). Allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between watering. Additionally, always water less in winter. Furthermore, do not over-water. 

Sansevieria ‘Whitney’ is popular among interior designers and those who love striking plants. Propagation can be done by division or leaf cuttings. Fertilize in spring through summer. 

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‘Night Owl’ Snake Plant is rare, yet easy to grow. In fact it thrives in very bright light to almost dark corners of your home or office. Water when the soil is dry.

Additionally, an interesting research program has been done by NASA using a few selected plants for air purification and to curb “Sick Building Syndrome”. Indeed Sansevieria is one of those plants.

Snake Plants plants have a rich history of cultivation. In China, it was kept as a treasured houseplant because the Eight Gods bestowed their eight virtues on those who grew them. In fact, these virtues include long life, prosperity, intelligence, beauty, art, poetry, health and strength. Additionally, plants were kept near the entrances inside homes so that the eight virtues could pass through in a manner pre-Feng Shui. 

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Sansevieria Black Dragon has rich, glossy, dark green succulent leaves. This hybrid Bird’s Nest form is beautifully small and compact and is unusual in that the leaves are unvariegated. A real living sculpture for a shelf or small table.

Sansevieria readily adapts to different light levels. The deep green-black coloring of Black Dragon will intensify in shade and become a vibrant, lustrous green with more light. Learn more here.

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We love the wide, exotic foliage of the Sansevieria Jaboa, a variety of the plant most commonly known as Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue.  It’s quite unusual, and has a strikingly exotic appearance. This plant tolerates low light but grows best in bright, indirect light. Allow the soil to dry completely between watering. A great, low-maintenance, beginner’s plant.

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If you’re looking for a bulletproof houseplant with modern style, you can’t do much better than the Snake Plant. It has been a favorite of interior designers for years because of how adaptable it is to a wide range of growing conditions. The stiff vertical leaves with variegated patterns make a dramatic and modern statement in any room. Black Coral has unique silver bands horizontally across rich, dark green leaves. Learn more here.

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The Sansevieria fischeri is showy and quite distinctive. Additionally, the capitate inflorescence of this native of Kenya appears at ground level. Fabulous short, thickly-swollen, rigidly prostrate leaves of gray to brown-green with paler flecking; tiny concave ridge on leaf surface disappears with age as new nodes (eventually, as the clump matures) send out a “singular” single leaf. Gorgeous green banding and reddish papery margins.

Common Names: Sansevieria ‘Leopard Bat’, Bat Snake Plant, Boophone fischeri, Sansevieria singularis, Sansevieria fischeri

Native to: Kenya

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One of my newest additions to my Snake Plant Collection. The Fernwood is a hybrid variety of Sansevieria with thin deep green stalk and sometimes called the Sansevieria Fernwood Punk. Long thin leaves and the texture make this a favorite. This plant will not disappoint. I picked up my Fernwood Snake Plant at The Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. Click here to see my YouTube video while plant shopping there. 

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The Serpentine Francissi is unique Snake Plant variety. Also known as the Serpentine Snake plant. In fact in China, it was kept as a treasured houseplant because the Eight Gods bestowed their eight virtues on those who grew them.

Other names: Serpentine Francissi Snake Plant, Serpentine Snake plant

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The Dwarf Sansevieria is a perennial succulent with dark green leaves and features light green cross-banding. It can grow up to 6 inches tall.

Other names: Dwarf Sansevieria, Sansevieria Ballyi L.E. Newton

Native to: North East Kenya

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The Sansevieria Ehrenbergii is often called “Blue Sansevieria”. However, it isn’t really blue at all. Green leaves are long and blade-like and the edges are are a soft copper color. Leaves are striking and grow in the opposite direction of one another. 

Other namesBlue Sansevieria, Sword Sansevieria, Seleb Sansevieria, East African Wild Sisal, Samurai Dwarf, and Somaliland Bowstring Hemp.

Sansevieria - Snake Plant Variety Identification with Pictures and Care Guide

Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Twisted Sister’ 

The Twisted Sister is a sister plant of the Dwarf Sansevieria. Its leaves are bright gold and green and color. Twists emerge from the base and it could grow up to 15 inches tall. Common Names: Twisted Sister Snake Plant, Gold Twist Sansevieria

Native to: East to Congo

This Sansevieria Patens is a rosette-forming snake plant with branching rhizomes that could grow up to 1 inch in diameter. The leaves can grow up to 3 feet tall. Leaves are dark green with blackish green lines. It can bear flowers that grow in clusters and are grey-white in color.

Other names: Sister Snake Plant, Patens Sansevieria, Snake Plant jocad

Native to: British East Africa or Kenya

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The Sansevieria kirkii has smooth, mid to dark green succulent leaves with brown, wavy edges. Beautifully patterned leaves are narrow and dagger shaped. Tough and rugged in appearance, this rare snake plant can grow up to 6 feet tall, making them ideal architectural plants.

Kirkii is closely related to Sansevieria trifasciata and has all the same virtues. Sansevieria readily adapt to different light levels, are air-purifying and very hard to kill. When placed indoors, this could serve as an air-purifying plant. Blooms are greenish-white in color.

Other names: Star Sansevieria, Bowstring Hemp, Bow-string Hemp, Pangane Sansevieria, Pangane Hemp, Sansevieria kirkii Baker, Sansevieria Kirkii ‘Silver Blue’

Buy it: Sansevieria Kirkii

Sansevieria Snake Plant Variety Identification with Pictures and Care Guide

Sansevieria Parva 'Kenya Hyacinth'

The Kenya Hyacinth is a rosette-forming plant with leaves that could grow up to 16 inches tall. Rosettes typically have 6 to 12 green leaves with dark lines or patterns. Additionally, its little flowers are pinkish-white and fragrant. Furthermore, flowers tend to bloom in late winter or early spring.

Common names: Kenya Hyacinth Snake Plant, Sansevieria bequaertii, Sansevieria dooneri 

Family: Asparagaceae 

Subfamily: Crassuloideae 

Genus: Sansevieria 

Species: parva

Native: Eastern Africa or Burundi, Kenya

The Sansevieria Sayuri is a rare snake plant. It has stiff, upright, sword-like leaves that are silvery gray to light green in color. Perfect for a low light environment.

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The Sansevieria Laurentii Dwarf is a smaller more compact version on the larger Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Laurentii’. Learn more here.

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The Sansevieria Starlight is a variety of snake plant known for its succulent qualities and sturdy, sword-shaped leaves. This particular variety has a soft yellow outline with a light-green pattern towards the middle of each leaf.

This evergreen plant native to tropical West Africa is aesthetically pleasing and requires little to no maintenance. This versatile plant tolerates low light and can tolerate extensive drought periods. Being a natural air purifier that makes the air cleaner and healthier to breathe, it is a great addition to any space.

Buy it: Starlite Snake Plant, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue – Sansevieria

The Sansevieria zeylanica is a tall, tough, hardy snake plant. In fact it is very similar to the Sansevieria trifasciata. Both are very closely related with nearly identical growth habits and care.

Zeylanica has horizontal stripes that alternate in shades of silver and grayish-green. Leaves are somewhat stiff and quite flexible and strap-like. Sometimes with a very thin whitish border is evident only at closer range. This rugged plant naturally grows in drier areas. 

Also known as Ceylon Bowstring Hemp. Indeed due to the fact that it is native to Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon). Although, there is some controversy around its origination. In fact, some claim it is actually native to India.

Sansevieria zeylanica are not as common as Sansevieria trifasciata. However, they are just as easy to care for. Definitely both are air-purifying and hard to kill.

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Sansevieria Hahnii Seibert

The Sansevieria Seibert Hahnii is a stunning dwarf succulent that forms furled rosettes. Indeed popular for their pretty soft yellow center stripes. Definitely a rare beauty.

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Sansevieria Hahnii Seibert Variegated

The Sansevieria Seibert Hahnii variegated is obviously the variegated version of the Seibert Hahnii. Also a rare beauty.

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Sansevieria Hahnii Green Mould

The Sansevieria Hahnii Green Mould is also called Sansevieria Hahnii Green Mould Striata. Striata (stree-AH-tuh) means striped or fluted. Obviously referring to its pretty banded variegation. These plants grow in clusters and are dwarf varieties.

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