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Introducing the Zeylanica Snake Plant, known as 'Sansevieria zeylanica,' a low-maintenance snake plant belonging to the Sansevieria  genus. The Sansevieria zeylanica has several other common names, such as Ceylon Bowstring Hemp, Vipers Bowstring Hemp, Snake Plant, Mother in Law's Tongue, or Snake Plant, and is very similar to the Sansevieria trifasciata. 


This evergreen perennial Sansevieria zeylanica snake plant is very popular among gardeners for its easy-to-care-for nature.

The Sansevieria zeylanica has long, sword-shaped leaves that grow upright and can grow up to 3–4 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

The leaves are a vibrant shade of green, with light gray-green horizontal stripes running along their length.

This unique pattern adds visual interest and makes it a standout addition to any indoor space.

The flowers of the Sansevieria zeylanica snake plant have tall spikes with small, tubular flowers, typically greenish white, pale green, or cream, that bloom from spring to summer. However, it's worth noting that indoor-grown Sansevieria zeylanica plants rarely flower. These snake plants are more popular for their striking foliage than for their blooms. 

Native to tropical West Africa, the Sansevieria zeylanica plant thrives in bright light to partial shade, making it ideal for indoor spaces. It releases oxygen at night, purifying the indoor air by removing harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and xylene and providing a fresh burst of oxygen while you sleep, making it an excellent addition to your bedroom.

When it comes to Sansevieria zeylanica propagation, you can achieve this through divisions or cuttings.  With time and proper Sansevieria plant care, the cuttings will develop roots and grow into new plants. 

Watering Needs 

Like other succulents, Sansevieria zeylanica is drought-tolerant and stores water in its foliage, eliminating the need for damp soil. You shouldn't water the soil until it has completely dried out. 

In the spring and summer, when it is actively growing, it will require a lot of water. During the winter, this indoor plant goes dormant and requires less water.

Watch for signs of dehydration in your Sansevieria zeylanica succulent, such as a pale discoloration and the leaves starting to shrivel. This indicates that it's consuming the water stored in its interior. Both underwatering and overwatering can be detrimental to your snake plant, so you must ensure you apply the right amount of moisture to keep them healthy and happy. 

Light Requirements

When it comes to indoor plant's light requirements, Sansevieria zeylanica is a pretty versatile plant. It can tolerate a wide range of lighting conditions, making it a great choice for both bright and low-light areas in your home. It can thrive in moderate-to-bright indirect light, such as near a window with filtered sunlight. However, it can also tolerate lower light conditions, like those found in offices or rooms with less natural light. Just keep in mind that if you place it in a low-light area, your Zeylanica snake plant may grow more slowly and have less vibrant foliage.

If you live in a warm and tropical climate, you can consider growing Sansevieria zeylanica outdoors. In such conditions, it will thrive in partial shade or dappled sunlight. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight for extended periods, as it can scorch the leaves. 

Remember, it's always a good idea to observe your Sansevieria plant and adjust its lighting conditions accordingly. If you notice the leaves turning yellow or pale, it may be an indication that they're receiving too much direct sunlight. If the leaves become dark green and start to stretch towards the light, it may be a sign that they need more indirect light.

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

This snake plant favors very airy, sandy soil that drains well. Planting them in ordinary potting soil will result in compacted roots, stunted growth, and, most likely, root rot. To prevent overwatering, use a terracotta pot with a drainage hole. Instead, make or buy a well-draining succulent potting mix, or ideally, use our specialized potting mix that contains organic mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your succulent thrive.

When it comes to fertilizing these house plants, organic fertilizers with an equal ratio of 5-10-5 (NPK) also last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals (too much fertilizer) and give your tropical plants some love with some awesome organic fertilizer! 

Hardiness Zones & More  

When growing indoors, your Zeylanica snake plant can thrive in temperatures between 60°F and 85°F. However, it can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures down to 50°F and warmer temperatures up to 90°F. Just be mindful that extreme temperature fluctuations or prolonged exposure to very low or high temperatures can stress the Sansevieria plant.

Sansevieria zeylanica can be grown outdoors year-round in USDA zones 9–11. This is a tropical native that cannot withstand freezing temperatures. If you live in a colder climate outside of these hardiness zones, it's best to keep your Sansevieria zeylanica indoors or treat it as a container plant that you can move indoors during the colder months.

Remember, this snake plant prefers warmth, so if you do decide to bring it outdoors during the summer months, make sure to place it in a shaded area to protect it from intense sunlight and provide adequate humidity.

The Sansevieria zeylanica is a relatively low-maintenance plant and can tolerate average indoor humidity levels, which are typically around 40–60%. However, it can also adapt to lower humidity levels without any major issues. So, you don't need to worry too much about providing specific humidity conditions for this snake plant.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Sansevieria zeylanica is a fantastic snake plant for both indoor and outdoor gardening. With its sword-shaped leaves and low-maintenance nature, it can tolerate lower humidity levels and is suitable for USDA hardiness zones 9–11. Its striking appearance, air-purifying qualities, and resilience make it a popular choice. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced plant enthusiast, zeylanica snake plant is a great addition to any collection. So, if you're looking for a beautiful and easy-to-care-for plant, give Sansevieria zeylanica a try!

You may also like the other popular snake plant varieties, including the moonshine snake plant, the mother-in-laws snake plant, the Cylindrical snake plant, and the snake plant laurentii.

Bloom Season Spring, Summer
Botanical Name Dracaena zeylanica (formerly known as Sansevieria zeylanica)
Common Name Zeylanica snake plant, Ceylon Bowstring Hemp, Vipers Bowstring hemp
Dormancy Winter
Family Asparagaceae
Flower Color Pale green, Greenish white
Genus Dracaena
Growth Habit Rosettes
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 3 ft. tall, 4 in. wide
Mature Size 3-4 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide
Native Area West Africa
Plant Type Perennial succulent
Propagation By divisions, leaf cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, pest resistance, disease resistant, heat tolerant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized succulent potting mix
Special Features Air purifying plant
Sun Exposure Partial shade
Toxicity Mild toxic to humans, mild toxic for pets(Keep away from children)
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Sansevieria zeylanica

Sansevieria zeylanica is durable and simple to grow. It doesn't happen very often for you to have problems with it. Some common pests and problems that you may encounter with Sansevieria zeylanica are:

Mealybugs: These small, white, cotton-like insects can infest the leaves and cause
damage. Keep an eye out for them and remove them manually or use an
insecticidal soap to get rid of them.

Spider mites: These tiny pests can create webbing on the leaves and cause
discoloration. Regularly inspect the plant and use a gentle spray of water or
insecticidal soap to control them.

Root rot: Overwatering can lead to root rot in Sansevieria zeylanica. Make sure to
allow the soil to dry out between waterings and use well-draining soil to
prevent this problem.

Leaf yellowing: Yellow leaves can be a sign of overwatering, underwatering,
or excessive sunlight. Adjust your watering routine and ensure the plant is
receiving the right amount of light to prevent this issue.

Leaf tipping: Brown or crispy leaf tips can be caused by low humidity,
excessive fertilizer, or water with high salt content. Increase humidity
levels, avoid over-fertilizing, and use filtered water to prevent this problem.

Remember,
Sansevieria zeylanica is generally a resilient plant, but keeping an eye out
for these common pests and problems will help ensure its health and vitality.
If you notice any issues, take appropriate measures to address them promptly.

Frequently
Asked Questions

  • How do you take care of Sansevieria Zeylanica?

    • Place it in bright, indirect light, but it can tolerate low light conditions too.

    • Water it moderately, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
    • Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

    • Sansevieria zeylanica prefers warm indoor temperatures between 60°F and 85°F, but outdoors in USDA zones 9-11.

    • Fertilize once a year in the spring, with a balanced (5-10-5) NPK houseplant fertilizer.

  • Is the snake plant Sansevieria Zeylanica an indoor or outdoor plant? 

    This snake plant is a versatile tropical plant that can be grown both indoors and outdoors plants in bright, indirect light. It is popular for indoor spaces due to its air-purifying properties and ability to thrive in low light conditions. It is a relatively low-maintenance plant, so if you reside in USDA zones 9 to 11, you can grow it outdoors. 

  • Does Sansevieria zeylanica need full sun? 

    Sansevieria zeylanica prefers bright, indirect light but can also tolerate low-light conditions. It can be grown in full sun, but it may require more frequent watering and may be more prone to leaf burn. If you are growing Sansevieria indoors, it is best to place it near a window that receives bright, indirect light for several hours a day. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as this can cause the leaves to become scorched. 

  • What is the difference between Sansevieria zeylanica and Sansevieria laurentii? 

    Sansevieria zeylanica and Sansevieria laurentii are two distinct varieties of the Sansevieria plant. Sansevieria zeylanica is tall, upright, and has dark green, sword-like leaves and lighter green horizontal stripes. It's easy to care for and can tolerate different light and humidity levels. Sansevieria Laurentii has similar long, sword-like leaves but is edged in yellow and may require more light.

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Introducing the Zeylanica Snake Plant, known as 'Sansevieria zeylanica,' a low-maintenance snake plant belonging to the Sansevieria  genus. The Sansevieria zeylanica has several other common names, such as Ceylon Bowstring Hemp, Vipers Bowstring Hemp, Snake Plant, Mother in Law's Tongue, or Snake Plant, and is very similar to the Sansevieria trifasciata. 


This evergreen perennial Sansevieria zeylanica snake plant is very popular among gardeners for its easy-to-care-for nature.

The Sansevieria zeylanica has long, sword-shaped leaves that grow upright and can grow up to 3–4 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

The leaves are a vibrant shade of green, with light gray-green horizontal stripes running along their length.

This unique pattern adds visual interest and makes it a standout addition to any indoor space.

The flowers of the Sansevieria zeylanica snake plant have tall spikes with small, tubular flowers, typically greenish white, pale green, or cream, that bloom from spring to summer. However, it's worth noting that indoor-grown Sansevieria zeylanica plants rarely flower. These snake plants are more popular for their striking foliage than for their blooms. 

Native to tropical West Africa, the Sansevieria zeylanica plant thrives in bright light to partial shade, making it ideal for indoor spaces. It releases oxygen at night, purifying the indoor air by removing harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and xylene and providing a fresh burst of oxygen while you sleep, making it an excellent addition to your bedroom.

When it comes to Sansevieria zeylanica propagation, you can achieve this through divisions or cuttings.  With time and proper Sansevieria plant care, the cuttings will develop roots and grow into new plants. 

Watering Needs 

Like other succulents, Sansevieria zeylanica is drought-tolerant and stores water in its foliage, eliminating the need for damp soil. You shouldn't water the soil until it has completely dried out. 

In the spring and summer, when it is actively growing, it will require a lot of water. During the winter, this indoor plant goes dormant and requires less water.

Watch for signs of dehydration in your Sansevieria zeylanica succulent, such as a pale discoloration and the leaves starting to shrivel. This indicates that it's consuming the water stored in its interior. Both underwatering and overwatering can be detrimental to your snake plant, so you must ensure you apply the right amount of moisture to keep them healthy and happy. 

Light Requirements

When it comes to indoor plant's light requirements, Sansevieria zeylanica is a pretty versatile plant. It can tolerate a wide range of lighting conditions, making it a great choice for both bright and low-light areas in your home. It can thrive in moderate-to-bright indirect light, such as near a window with filtered sunlight. However, it can also tolerate lower light conditions, like those found in offices or rooms with less natural light. Just keep in mind that if you place it in a low-light area, your Zeylanica snake plant may grow more slowly and have less vibrant foliage.

If you live in a warm and tropical climate, you can consider growing Sansevieria zeylanica outdoors. In such conditions, it will thrive in partial shade or dappled sunlight. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight for extended periods, as it can scorch the leaves. 

Remember, it's always a good idea to observe your Sansevieria plant and adjust its lighting conditions accordingly. If you notice the leaves turning yellow or pale, it may be an indication that they're receiving too much direct sunlight. If the leaves become dark green and start to stretch towards the light, it may be a sign that they need more indirect light.

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

This snake plant favors very airy, sandy soil that drains well. Planting them in ordinary potting soil will result in compacted roots, stunted growth, and, most likely, root rot. To prevent overwatering, use a terracotta pot with a drainage hole. Instead, make or buy a well-draining succulent potting mix, or ideally, use our specialized potting mix that contains organic mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your succulent thrive.

When it comes to fertilizing these house plants, organic fertilizers with an equal ratio of 5-10-5 (NPK) also last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals (too much fertilizer) and give your tropical plants some love with some awesome organic fertilizer! 

Hardiness Zones & More  

When growing indoors, your Zeylanica snake plant can thrive in temperatures between 60°F and 85°F. However, it can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures down to 50°F and warmer temperatures up to 90°F. Just be mindful that extreme temperature fluctuations or prolonged exposure to very low or high temperatures can stress the Sansevieria plant.

Sansevieria zeylanica can be grown outdoors year-round in USDA zones 9–11. This is a tropical native that cannot withstand freezing temperatures. If you live in a colder climate outside of these hardiness zones, it's best to keep your Sansevieria zeylanica indoors or treat it as a container plant that you can move indoors during the colder months.

Remember, this snake plant prefers warmth, so if you do decide to bring it outdoors during the summer months, make sure to place it in a shaded area to protect it from intense sunlight and provide adequate humidity.

The Sansevieria zeylanica is a relatively low-maintenance plant and can tolerate average indoor humidity levels, which are typically around 40–60%. However, it can also adapt to lower humidity levels without any major issues. So, you don't need to worry too much about providing specific humidity conditions for this snake plant.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Sansevieria zeylanica is a fantastic snake plant for both indoor and outdoor gardening. With its sword-shaped leaves and low-maintenance nature, it can tolerate lower humidity levels and is suitable for USDA hardiness zones 9–11. Its striking appearance, air-purifying qualities, and resilience make it a popular choice. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced plant enthusiast, zeylanica snake plant is a great addition to any collection. So, if you're looking for a beautiful and easy-to-care-for plant, give Sansevieria zeylanica a try!

You may also like the other popular snake plant varieties, including the moonshine snake plant, the mother-in-laws snake plant, the Cylindrical snake plant, and the snake plant laurentii.

Bloom Season Spring, Summer
Botanical Name Dracaena zeylanica (formerly known as Sansevieria zeylanica)
Common Name Zeylanica snake plant, Ceylon Bowstring Hemp, Vipers Bowstring hemp
Dormancy Winter
Family Asparagaceae
Flower Color Pale green, Greenish white
Genus Dracaena
Growth Habit Rosettes
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 3 ft. tall, 4 in. wide
Mature Size 3-4 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide
Native Area West Africa
Plant Type Perennial succulent
Propagation By divisions, leaf cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, pest resistance, disease resistant, heat tolerant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized succulent potting mix
Special Features Air purifying plant
Sun Exposure Partial shade
Toxicity Mild toxic to humans, mild toxic for pets(Keep away from children)
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Sansevieria zeylanica

Sansevieria zeylanica is durable and simple to grow. It doesn't happen very often for you to have problems with it. Some common pests and problems that you may encounter with Sansevieria zeylanica are:

Mealybugs: These small, white, cotton-like insects can infest the leaves and cause
damage. Keep an eye out for them and remove them manually or use an
insecticidal soap to get rid of them.

Spider mites: These tiny pests can create webbing on the leaves and cause
discoloration. Regularly inspect the plant and use a gentle spray of water or
insecticidal soap to control them.

Root rot: Overwatering can lead to root rot in Sansevieria zeylanica. Make sure to
allow the soil to dry out between waterings and use well-draining soil to
prevent this problem.

Leaf yellowing: Yellow leaves can be a sign of overwatering, underwatering,
or excessive sunlight. Adjust your watering routine and ensure the plant is
receiving the right amount of light to prevent this issue.

Leaf tipping: Brown or crispy leaf tips can be caused by low humidity,
excessive fertilizer, or water with high salt content. Increase humidity
levels, avoid over-fertilizing, and use filtered water to prevent this problem.

Remember,
Sansevieria zeylanica is generally a resilient plant, but keeping an eye out
for these common pests and problems will help ensure its health and vitality.
If you notice any issues, take appropriate measures to address them promptly.

Frequently
Asked Questions

  • How do you take care of Sansevieria Zeylanica?

    • Place it in bright, indirect light, but it can tolerate low light conditions too.

    • Water it moderately, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
    • Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

    • Sansevieria zeylanica prefers warm indoor temperatures between 60°F and 85°F, but outdoors in USDA zones 9-11.

    • Fertilize once a year in the spring, with a balanced (5-10-5) NPK houseplant fertilizer.

  • Is the snake plant Sansevieria Zeylanica an indoor or outdoor plant? 

    This snake plant is a versatile tropical plant that can be grown both indoors and outdoors plants in bright, indirect light. It is popular for indoor spaces due to its air-purifying properties and ability to thrive in low light conditions. It is a relatively low-maintenance plant, so if you reside in USDA zones 9 to 11, you can grow it outdoors. 

  • Does Sansevieria zeylanica need full sun? 

    Sansevieria zeylanica prefers bright, indirect light but can also tolerate low-light conditions. It can be grown in full sun, but it may require more frequent watering and may be more prone to leaf burn. If you are growing Sansevieria indoors, it is best to place it near a window that receives bright, indirect light for several hours a day. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as this can cause the leaves to become scorched. 

  • What is the difference between Sansevieria zeylanica and Sansevieria laurentii? 

    Sansevieria zeylanica and Sansevieria laurentii are two distinct varieties of the Sansevieria plant. Sansevieria zeylanica is tall, upright, and has dark green, sword-like leaves and lighter green horizontal stripes. It's easy to care for and can tolerate different light and humidity levels. Sansevieria Laurentii has similar long, sword-like leaves but is edged in yellow and may require more light.

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