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Sansevieria cylindrica - Skyline Spear Sansevieria
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Asparagaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: Angola (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [S. cylindrica "Skyline", Hort]
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: >32 F
Sansevieria cylindrica (Skyline Spear Sansevieria) - A very striking succulent from Angola that produces from an underground rhizome open candelabrum shaped fans with dichotomously branched stout 1 wide gray-green leaves to 2 to 5 feet long. The leaves are smooth with narrow groves running much of the length of the leaf which is lightly banded with dark green and terminate with a sharp point. If grown in bright enough light this plant can produce a 3 foot spike-like raceme of pink-budded white flowers. This plant is a great house plant in bright light but can be grown in light shade or full sun if brought indoors during cool and wet weather. Plants grown with too little light will have leaves that splay outward and are not as stout. Plant in a well-drained mix and keep fairly dry, especially in winter months. This plant can go weeks between watering (3 week irrigation intervals are suggested); the one thing that usually kills a Sansevieria is overwatering. This plant raised quite a stir when a Dutch marketing group released large quantities of robust greenhouse grown plants on the US market in 2005 under the name "Skyline". This name was contrived for a standard form of Sansevieria cylindrica and was the result of a Dutch national newspaper contest and has no real validity. In 2004 the plant was proclaimed by FloraHolland to be the most promising novelty of the year and it received the winner of the 2006 FloraHolland Awards in the "most successful market introduction" for the category of indoor plants. There are claims that the "Skyline" form is more robust and paler than the typical Sansevieria cylindrica but speculation by Sansevieria growers it that this could be caused by greenhouse conditions and abundant fertilizer. As the name Skyline is not a valid cultviar name we have added it to the common name already used for this plant (Spear Sansevieria) to get Skyline Spear Sansevieria. Long placed in the Agavaceae, the Dracaenaceae and by some in the Ruscaceae families, this genus is now considered to be correctly placed in the Asparagaceae.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Sansevieria cylindrica.
 
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