Botanical Name: Sansevieria cylindrica
Cylindrical Snake Plant has upright, tubular leaves that make a striking house plant. This African native also happens to be carefree. Find out how to grow, water, fertilize and propagate this succulent.
Round leaves with a dark-green striped pattern give this eye-catching succulent its common name. Pointed leaf tips give this South Africa native another name, African Spear. (Watch out for those points -- they are sharp!)
The gray-green tubular leaves grow straight up or arch outward, depending on the cultivar, and are about an inch thick. Upright leaves tend to be dust-catchers -- gently wipe leaves with a damp cloth to keep them dust-free.
How big does it get? Cylindrical Snake Plant can grow up to 2 ft (60 cm) tall, growing indoors in a container.
Does Snake Plant flower? Maybe. Creamy white, tubular blooms growing along a tall flower stalk may appear on mature plants. If you're lucky enough to get the blooms, you'll love their beautiful fragrance. Cut off flower stalks after blooming has stopped.
This relative of Mother-in-Law's Tongue is just as easy to grow, but has a fresh, bold style all its own. You'll enjoy this striking accent among your indoor plant collection. Its easy-going nature and tolerance of dry air and soil also make it a reliable office plant.
Any problems with growing Sansevieria are usually related to watering. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. If in doubt, keep it on the dry side. The only things that will kill Cylindrical Snake Plant is soggy soil and prolonged exposure to cold temperatures.
Limp leaves are either caused by lack of sunlight or overwatering.
Repot in spring, only when plants get crowded and need dividing. Keep the leaves at the same soil level as they were before; don't bury them which can cause them to rot. Use a wide, heavy container to prevent toppling -- this tall plant can get top-heavy.
Something bugging your houseplant? Watch for webbing between leaves, caused by spider mites. They're attracted to dry conditions, which succulents like. Also look for white, fuzzy mealybugs that often hide at the base of a plant. Isolate an infested houseplant to prevent pests from invading your other indoor plants, and treat it right away.
Brown leaf tips or dry, brown patches are symptoms of too much direct sunlight. (See "Light" tips below.)
Is Cylindrica Snake Plant poisonous? Yes, according to the ASPCA, this succulent contains saponins, which is toxic to cats and dogs.
Light: Bright light to full sun. If you move Sansevieria cylindrica outdoors for the summer, don't worry -- it can take the heat. But make the move into direct sunlight a gradual one to avoid scorching its leaves. Scorch marks look like gray or brown patches.
Water: Water thoroughly, then allow the potting mix to dry out before watering again. Water the potting medium, taking care not to get water on the leaves, which will cause them to rot. If the leaves turn yellow, or get soft and mushy at their base, the plant is overwatered.
Humidity: Average room (about 40% relative humidity) or lower. Snake Plants will tolerate dry air, but keep it away from air vents or drafts.
Temperature: Average to warm room temperatures 65-75°F/18-24°C. It will tolerate fluctuating temperatures, but not below 55°F/13°C.
Soil: Cactus potting mix works best because it is fast-draining. This succulent will not tolerate soggy potting medium.
Fertilizer: Feed monthly spring through fall with fertilizer specially made for succulent plants, mixed at half the recommended strength. Don't feed in winter, when growth is slower.
Propagation: Division. Propagate Snake Plant by separating the "pups" (offsets) that grow at the base of the parent plant. Dividing them is easy. Turn the pot on its side, then ease out the plant. Use a serrated knife to cut off the offsets and pot them up individually.