Sansevieria cylindrica var. patula 'African Spear' - African Spear is easy to grow and tolerates a wide range of conditions. The preferred soil mixture consists of 3 parts loam to 1 part sand or a cactus mix. African Spear is very drought tolerant and during the growing season can be watered about every other week. Needs to be fertilized once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer. During the winter months, watering once a month is sufficient.
The leaves (spears) of this plant grow in a single plane appearing like a giant fan. The leaves have an elliptical cross section-not circular. When growing in high light, the leaves grow more upright. The inflorescence is a tall (up to 3 feet) spike-like raceme. The 1 1/2 inch flowers are white tinged with pink and are fragrant at night. African Spear requires natural daylight and warmth all year round. Easiest plant to grow that thrives on neglect, and loves to be left alone. This plant variety comes from the country of Angola in south western Africa. This very special, rare and seldon-used plant has very positive feedback from enthusiastic growers in Florida, California, Alabama, Texas, New York, Louisiana, and even Anchorage, Alaska. It has also been successfully grown in England. Most common comments by growers are "thrives on neglect" "easy to grow" "loves to be left alone" and "likes the indoors with strong light". Please note, it has survived some 30F nights; however it cannot handle a hard freeze. A very special plant that every lover of sansevierias must have and that collectors everywhere should have.All are easy-to-grow, double-duty (indoors or outdoors), exotic-looking plants that thrive on neglect. Sansevierias can be used with equal effectiveness as an accent plant or in mass in planters or beds. If there was ever a bulletproof plant, this is it. Can be grown in high light, deep shade, and everywhere in between. Tolerates low humidity. Tolerates low water and feeding. Tolerates being root bound. Few if any plants are as foolproof to grow.
Sansevieria are succulent plants, and need a well-drained soil. Sansevieria are great and hardy house plants in the United States. You do not have to have a green thumb to grow a Sansevieria. Sansevieria are native to Africa and come in several forms. Sansevieria are the plants commonly known as Snake Plants or Mother in Law's tongue. Sansevieria are extremely long lived plants and can live for generations. They may also function well as cleaners of indoor air, removing harmful pollutants. Anyone looking for a lush, vibrant and interesting plant to add to their indoor garden is sure to be pleased with any variety of the Sansevieria.