Types of Snake Plants


There are various snake plants to select, each offering advantages and drawbacks. When purchasing one, look for bright green foliage with firm and crisp edges – yellowing or limp leaves indicate poor health in a plant.

Kirkii Star Dracaena is a prevalent variety with distinctively patterned leaves. This plant boasts light green horizontal bands on long cylindrical leaves that reach approximately 1′ in maturity.


Sansevieria hahnii, commonly called the golden snake plant, features beautiful variegated leaves with shades of gold, yellow, green, or a combination of colors. This compact yet easy-care houseplant thrives in either sunnier or partly shaded locations. It should be regularly pruned of old, damaged, and diseased leaves to maintain good health and avoid mold or other illnesses from appearing.

Sun-loving plants thrive in some of the hottest, sunniest places around, making them well-adapted to receiving indirect sunlight at room temperatures. If moving one into an environment with more sun exposure, begin gradually increasing exposure by starting with just a couple of hours each day until reaching desired sun exposure levels.

As with other snake plants, it’s essential to regularly prune out dead or dying leaves to maintain the plant’s appearance and reduce overcrowding. Bottom watering provides the most accurate measurement of how much moisture is delivered directly to each plant and prevents either over or underwatering.

As Sansevieria is native to arid environments, it prefers being kept dry between waterings. A soil moisture meter or plant hydrometer helps you determine how much water your plants require; overwatering can lead to root rot and other plant issues.

Black Gold

Dracaena masoniana is one of the most striking snake plant varieties, featuring stunning yellow stripes along its leaf margins, and is often known as a Striped Mother-in-Law’s Tongue or Whale Fin plant. Unfortunately, Dracaena masoniana only grows about 4-6″ at maturity so patience must be exercised!

Like other snake plants, Black Gold Sansevieria features thick sword-shaped leaves that grow vertically in pairs and pairs. Its overall color is dark green with yellow-white variegation at its borders; its leaves darken to a deep green or even black hue as it matures.

Black Gold Snake Plants can be grown as standalone specimens, but it is best paired with other varieties for maximum effect. Golden Hahnii or Hahnii robusta varieties provide ideal partners as this pairing highlights each species’ distinctive traits for an eye-catching arrangement.

Sansevieria are generally low-maintenance houseplants regarding water needs, yet still require plenty of sunlight for optimal growth. A healthy snake plant will have firm stems with crisp leaves that maintain their shape, whereas limp stems and soggy leaves indicate they could be diseased or dying; when purchasing one, ensure the pot you purchase has plenty of drainage holes for optimal success.


The rare Masoniana or Whale Fin Snake Plant (Dracaena masoniana) is similar to its more widely available cousin, the Snake Plant, in appearance but differs by having broad paddle-like leaves that give this houseplant its unique aesthetic. Ideal as an air-purifying houseplant and quickly grown by novice plant owners alike, its thick leaves store water, making this drought-resistant succulent an air-purifier!

Masonianas require bright indirect light but will adapt to either dappled sunlight or even brief periods of direct sun in the morning and evening. Their ideal temperatures range between 70 to 90 degrees; they tolerate drought well, though they prefer slightly moister soil conditions.

They can reach 3-4 feet tall indoors; however, it is rare for this height to be achieved. They take some time to flower, but the results are stunning – white and green flowers with astonishing patterns are produced.

These plants don’t need much attention but can be vulnerable to leaf spot caused by bacteria or fungus. To avoid this, always wash your hands before touching any leaves and soft or mushy spots as soon as they appear. These slow-growing succulents should be repotted every two or three years using a loose mixture of cacti and succulents instead of new soil.

Silver Blue

This variety of snake plant stands out from your average Sansevieria by having bold variegation with yellow stripes across its green leaves and growing tall enough to reach 4 feet high! It is ideal for indoor environments with lower light conditions.

It can also tolerate cooler temperatures, though extreme cold may require additional protection. This plant makes an excellent option for those searching for an eye-catching snake plant capable of withstanding low light levels.

This snake plant boasts deeper-hued leaves than Golden Hahnii or Black Gold varieties, yet still grows slowly under indirect lighting. While slower-growing than others, however, this hardy species thrives when exposed to bright filtered light environments; this robust specimen does not tolerate direct sunlight or standing water well.

Snake plants can make an excellent houseplant, and selecting the ideal type for your space is essential. Ensure your pot is large enough for your snake plant, and fill it with a well-draining potting mix. – Check the mix often to maintain moisture levels; healthy snake plants should have firm stems and crisp leaves. Signs of illness could include limp or floppy leaves that flop down over its stems or any drooping leaves or stems that appear sickly, which are sure signs your plant needs attention!


Like its cousins, Sansevieria bacularis is considered an auspicious houseplant that brings prosperity and good luck to its owners. Furthermore, this versatile plant serves as an effective air purifier by absorbing harmful toxins during the day while emitting oxygen at night to improve indoor air quality. Again, this versatile plant can be used in feng shui to promote positive energy flow in both homes and offices, tolerating low light conditions and occasional drought conditions; to maintain its health, ensure you provide well-draining soil before water moderately to avoid overwatering it!

This perennial stemless succulent produces long, thin, cylindrical dark green leaves, which may flower under sufficient lighting conditions. Flowers typically appear as white blooms on long stalks that stem from their center, and propagation techniques include leaf cuttings in water or soil, division, or rhizome cuttings.

Even though these plants require minimal upkeep, they can still become susceptible to diseases and pests like fungal red leaf spot, Southern blight, and bacteria-induced soft rot. Therefore, they must be regularly checked, and preventive measures must be taken against them, such as wiping down leaves and stems for spider mites and mealybugs that thrive in warmer environments, or applying systemic insecticides that kill pests as they feed on your plant.


Sansevieria francisii, a snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, or dracaena, is a hardy indoor houseplant with thick succulent leaves that store water over long periods. Due to its resilient characteristics, it makes an excellent low-maintenance choice for busy homeowners in search of stylish but low-upkeep interior plants – as well as air purifying properties that help relieve allergies, making this choice even more desirable! It makes an incredibly excellent addition for allergy sufferers!

Sansevieria snake plants appear tropical but prefer average room temperatures and humidity (30-50%) without misting or overwatering them. Filtered or distilled water should be used instead since sansevieria are susceptible to the fluoride and chlorine found in tap water, thus helping protect it. Water sparingly only when needed to prevent root rot. This will keep your plant healthy!

Signs of Sansevieria francisii stress could include wilted leaves, brown spots, and scorched tips – these could be caused by cooler temperatures, sun exposure that dehydrates and burns the leaves, or the build-up of harsh chemicals in your water supply. Insect infestation is also possible – bite marks will appear along leaf edges and nodules when infected with mealybugs or spider mites, for instance.

Sansevieria francisii may only be mildly toxic for humans, but it can cause severe discomfort, vomiting, and diarrhea when consumed by pets. If you notice these symptoms in your pet, contact their veterinarian or animal poison control center immediately.