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Rare Snake Plant Varieties


The snake plant is a common household houseplant that thrives in many different lighting and temperature conditions. However, there are also plenty of rare and unusual snake plant varieties that will add a unique touch to your collection.

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The most well-known rare snake plant varieties is the mother-in-law’s tongue (Dracaena trifasciata), a variety that gets its name because its leaves grow into a spoon shape when it is fully matured. While this variety is a great choice for most home gardeners, it doesn’t offer as much visual intrigue as some of its rare cousins.

For example, the Sansevieria roxburghiana ‘Roxette’ boasts a more vibrant green hue and interesting speckling. Similarly, the Sansevieria ‘Starfish’ has an erratic horizontal pale greenish-gray pattern that looks very similar to a starfish. This variety is a bit shorter than most other snake plants, reaching about a foot tall. Another rare variety is the Dracaena parva, commonly known as the Kenya hyacinth snake plant. It’s a blooming perennial that thrives in warm, moderate light and can reach four feet tall.

Another splurge-worthy addition to your snake plant collection is the Sansevieria ‘Cleopatra’, which is commonly called the Dwarf Snake Plant or Yoat’s Horn because its cylindrical leaves grow in a rose shape. This plant grows very slow, making it ideal for smaller spaces. It is also drought-tolerant and requires very little watering. It prefers bright indirect light, but will tolerate most indoor conditions. Water it infrequently, allowing the soil to dry completely between each watering.

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