Deets: The African spear plant (Sansevieria cylindrica), also known as the cylindrical snake plant, is a succulent that consists of upright, gray-green, subtly striped leaves. The leaves are cylindrical in shape but narrow to a point at their tips. When grown in optimal conditions, African spear plants might send up a long flower spike from their center that's full of tiny, delicate, white blooms. They are best planted at the start of the growing season in the spring, and they’re generally a slow-growing succulent. . It's great for beginners and those that are just starting out in the houseplant world!
Name(s): African spear plant; Cylindrical Snake Plant, Spear Sansevieria
Light: Snake plants need a moderate amount of bright light for proper growth.
While it can tolerate partial shade, very low light affects the color of the leaves.
For best results, grow in a location where it receives filtered, bright, indirect light.
Leaving the plant exposed to intense sunlight or full sun may sometimes cause the turn yellow at the edges. The plant can easily be grown as an indoor plant in front of a north-facing window or any window where it receives bright light.
Water: Monthly. Yep, that's true! A watering once a month is just enough, and less in the winter.
Grower: Beginners, all types.
Pet Friendly: No
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- A multitasker, the snake plant purifies indoor air by removing toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.
- The Snake Plant can bring very helpful feng shui energy when needed in specific areas of a home or office; this plant has strong protective energies. Spiky plants like snake plants are excellent for shielding you against negative Chi, but their aggressive energy means you need to place them where they’re not in highly-trafficked areas of your home. The snake plant is a perfect expression of upward, growing ch’i. The strong wood energy cuts through negative or stagnant energy. The best position to place the plants in your office or home is a place that is enriched by the plant's Wood element. Southeastern, Southern, and Eastern corners are the best feng shui spots to place your plants.