When we think of Sansevieria, we typically envision the plant popularly known as the “snake plant” with long slender leaves that are typically edged in green-gray or yellow.
But there is a rarer version of the species that is arguably even more striking. The “whale fin” or Sansevieria Masoniana takes its name from the wide, paddle-like leaves. Typically dark green with lighter mottling, these leaves can grow to a whopping four feet long by 10 inches wide.
If grown in bright conditions, this plant will form a stalk of white flower clusters as well.
We say “if” because, like its snake plant cousin, the whale fin will tolerate a wide range of lighting conditions. Also like the snake plant, this is another easy to care for plant that is great for beginners.
CARING FOR YOUR SANSEVIERIA
- Allow soil to dry between watering and be careful to not overwater. The foliage will “pucker” when the plant is thirsty.
- Try to avoid getting leaves wet when you water.
- While they prefer bright indirect light, these plants are tolerant of a variety of light conditions – including florescent-only lighting!