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Sword Sansevieria

Sansevieria ehrenbergii


Sword Sansevieria (Sansevieria ehrenbergii) at Strader's Garden Centers

Sword Sansevieria foliage

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Sword Sansevieria (Sansevieria ehrenbergii) at Strader's Garden Centers

Sword Sansevieria

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Other Names:  syn. Dracaena hanningtonii, Blue Sansevieria


An interesting unique variety that features long, sword-like succulent foliage grown in a stunning plaited, fan shape; perfect for indoor growing in containers or in rock gardens; easy to grow and low maintenance

Features & Attributes

Sword Sansevieria features dainty spikes of fragrant white flowers held atop the stems in mid spring. Its attractive large sword-like leaves remain grayish green in color with hints of dark green throughout the year.

This is an herbaceous evergreen houseplant with an upright spreading habit of growth. This plant should not require much pruning, except when necessary to keep it looking its best.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Sword Sansevieria can be expected to grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. This houseplant will do well in a location that gets either direct or indirect sunlight, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. 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.


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Accent  Massing  Rock  Container 
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