Sansevieria: If you are familiar with this botanical name, the first thing that comes to mind is Sansevieria trifasciata. Now if you are not familiar with this botanical name, I bet you are familiar with the common names of Snake Plant or maybe even more familiar with Mother-in-Law’s Tongue. A long flat thick succulent leaf, green in the middle and yellow on the edges. It grows in clumps and spreads via underground rhizomes and is on Miami-Dade County’s invasive plant list. However, there are many cultivars of this plant that stay small and clump and are not considered invasive. There are other species as well which can be grown here in S. Florida either in the landscape or in decorative terra cotta pots.
Richard Lyons Nursery, currently has these plants to offer:
Sanseveria cylindrica var. patula ‘Boncel’ (African Spear), a very attractive plant for a shallow wide container which it will fill in no time.
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’ (Bird’s Nest Sanseveria), also makes an excellent plant for a decorative pot, but it can also be used for garden borders.
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Jade Dwarf Marginated’ (Dwarf Snake Plant), also an excellent border plant for the garden.
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ (Dwarf Snake Plant)
Finally, we have the largest of this group of plants, Sansevieria canaliculata, attaining a height of 3-4 feet. Very narrow, almost cylindrical, except for a small indent running the length of the leaf. A very nice specimen plant.