Sansevieria zeylanica (Ceylon Bowstring Hemp)
Sansevieria zeylanica (Ceylon Bowstring Hemp) is a hardy plant with long, sword-shaped dark green leaves with large white spots. The leaves are up to…
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Ceylon Bowstring Hemp foliage
Ceylon Bowstring Hemp foliage
Other Names: Zeylanica Snake Plant, Mother-In-Law's Tongue
This attractive plant will form dense stands of vertical sword-like leaves, arranged in rosettes produces silvery-green leaves, mottled and striped with dark green fragrant light green flowers in spring, on mature plants
Ceylon Bowstring Hemp features dainty spikes of fragrant light green spider-like flowers held atop the stems in mid spring. Its attractive large twisted sword-like leaves remain grayish green in color with showy dark green variegation and tinges of silver throughout the year.
This is an herbaceous evergreen houseplant with an upright spreading habit of growth. This plant may benefit from an occasional pruning to look its best.
When grown indoors, Ceylon Bowstring Hemp can be expected to grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. This houseplant performs well in both bright or indirect sunlight and strong artificial light, and can therefore be situated in almost any well-lit room or location. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist soil, but will not tolerate any standing water. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soil. Contact the store for specific recommendations on pre-mixed potting soil for this plant.
There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.
-- THIS IS A HOUSEPLANT AND IS NOT MEANT TO SURVIVE THE WINTER OUTDOORS IN OUR CLIMATE --
-- THIS IS A TROPICAL PLANT AND SHOULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO SURVIVE THE WINTER OUTDOORS IN OUR CLIMATE --
How To Propagate Zeylanica Snake Plant
Bowstring hemp will grow from seeds or propagated by plant division or leaf cuttings.
However, growing from seeds isn’t recommended as it doesn’t always get successful.
Propagation from leaf cuttings is the easiest and most commonly used method for sansevieria zeylanica propagation.
To grow Ceylon bowstring hemp from leaf cuttings:
- Take about 2” to 3” inches long pieces from thick and healthy leaves.
- Let the cuttings dry for a couple of hours.
- Dip the cut ends of the leaf pieces into water and then place them into a rooting hormone.
- Now, plant them in a damp potting mix made of two parts sand and one part peat.
- Or use a cactus or cacti mix.
- Place the newly planted leaf cuttings at a location where they receive bright, but indirect sunlight.
- Water the new plants only when the soil is nearly dry.
To propagate through plant division, choose a mature plant and divide it into two or more segments carefully during repotting.
Be careful when dividing the root ball and do it gently.
Plants→Snake Plants→Ceylon Bowstring Hemp (Sansevieria zeylanica)
|Plant Habit:||Herb/Forb |
|Life cycle:||Perennial |
|Leaves:||Unusual foliage color |
Other: Flowering is erratic. Unlike plants such as agave which die after flowering, Sansevieria will simply cease to produce new leaves. The flowered plant will continue to grow by producing plantlets via its rhizomes or stolons.
|Underground structures:||Rhizome |
|Suitable Locations:||Xeriscapic |
|Propagation: Other methods:||Division |
Stolons and runners
|Containers:||Suitable in 1 gallon |
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Prefers to be under-potted
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Pets and kids safety
Like most Sansevierias, zeylanica plant is mildly toxic when eaten. It is considered toxic for cats and dogs. Although consuming a little part of the plant is not likely to kill your pet, it’s better to take good precautions. Be sure to keep your pets away from the plant. The toxins can also affect humans. So if you have children, be cautious to keep the plant out of their reach.
Sansevieria plants contain a toxic chemical Saponin which can cause mouth and stomach irritations when ingested. Common symptoms of the plant poisoning are vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, drooling etc. Touching the leaf juices can result in rashes or dermatitis in some people. Use gloves whenever you are trimming, propagating or repotting this plant.