The genus Sansevieria contains approx. 66 species. Most of them are native to tropcial Africa, like Kenya or Tanzania.

Selected species and cultivars

Sansevieria „Ed Eby“

Sansevieria „Ed Eby“ is probably a hybrid between S. canaliculata and S. pearsonii. It sometimes is sold as Sansevieria patens.

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Sansevieria „Friends“

In Europe this plant is sold as „Student Plant (Sansevieria kirkii „Friends“). But this seems to be just a sales name for a simple Sansevieria parva.

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Sansevieria aubrytiana

Sansevieria aubrytiana is native to Gabon, Tanzania and Angola.

Sansevieria ballyi

Sansevieria ballyi is native to Kenya and Tanzania.

Sansevieria concinna

Sansevieria concinna is native to Tanzania and South Africa. The commonly known as Spoon Leaved Sansevieria is available in different sizes and also with variegated leaves.

The Spoon Leaved Sansevieria is suitable for sunny to part shaded places and can be grown in a regular cacti mix.

Sansevieria conspicua

From Sansevieria conspicua are different forms available. This Snake Plant is native to Kenya.

Sansevieria cylindrica

Sansevieria cylindrica is commonly known as Cylindrical Snake Plant, African Spear or Spear Sansevieria.

Sansevieria cylindrica „Patula“

Sansevieria „Spaghetti“

Sansevieria cylindrica „Wild“

Sansevieria dooneri

Sansevieria dooneri is native to Kenya and Tanzania.

Sansevieria fasciata

This spoon leaved Sansevieria fasciata is native to Cameroon and Congo.

Sansevieria francisii

Sansevieria francisii is native to Kenya.

Sansevieria francisii forms runners with daughter plants, which can be used as cuttings.

Sansevieria grandis

Sansevieria grandis is native to Kenya and South Africa.

Sansevieria guineensis

From Sansevieria guineensis are different forms with green or white variegated leaves available. It is reclassified as S. hyacinthoides.

Sansevieria hyacinthoides

Sansevieria hyacinthoides is native from Kenya to South Africa. This plant grows best if placed sunny the year round.

Sansevieria nilotica

Sansevieria nilotica is native to Ethiopia and Sudan. Some cultivars are available.

Sansevieria parva

Sansevieria parva is available with green, white or yellow variegated leaves.

Sansevieria pinguicula

Sansevieria pinguicula is a slow grower native to Kenya. A variegated cultivar is available.

Sansevieria raffillii

Sansevieria raffillii is native to Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan.

Sansevieria sulcata

Sansevieria sulcata is also available with yellow stripped leaves: S. sulcata „Variegata“.

KEW says it’s reclassified as a form of Sansevieria canaliculata.