Evergreen rhizomatous succulent plant from southern and western Africa and Asia. It consists of dense tufts of long fleshy, dark green leaves, speckled with light green and silver; the bearing of the leaves can be of two types: some varieties consist of a dense rosette, while others have long leaves that grow erect. S. trifasciata has erect leaves with yellowish-green bands on the margins.
The rosette species have a fairly slow growth and remain fairly small, the erect species instead have a somewhat faster growth and grow up to 100-150 cm. In summer, two to three long white spikes grow from the base of the leaves and are covered with small greenish-white flowers, intensely scented.
These plants need bright positions, but do not tolerate direct sunlight; they fear the cold, therefore they can be taken outside in spring and summer, while for the rest of the year they must be kept indoors. These plants are however undemanding and grow well even in the shade. It is a plant that comes from subtropical or desert environments, characterized by high temperatures, low rainfall and rather poor and draining soils. The cultivation of sansevieria it is very simple: in all our peninsula it is recommended to grow it in an apartment. During the summer it is however possible to move it outside, on a terrace or in the garden, provided that light and heat are not excessive.
To ensure optimal development it is recommended, from April to October, to keep the temperatures always between 18 and 27 ° C and ensure a very bright exposure (near a window to the south or west or under a pergola), avoiding direct light which could cause leaf burns. However, shade is not a problem, it only slows down growth and can cause the streaks and lateral bands to disappear.
In winter, a light vegetative rest can be induced by adjusting the temperature to 15 ° C (without ever falling below 13 ° C) and shading a little more.
Cold or hot drafts can be very harmful. Let's place it in a sheltered area.