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Products > Sansevieria suffruticosa 'Frosty Spears'
 
Sansevieria suffruticosa 'Frosty Spears' - Frosty Spears Sansevieria
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Asparagaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: Africa, Central (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Dracaena suffruticosa cv.]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Sansevieria suffruticosa 'Frosty Spears' - A very distinctive and slow growing plant that with time forms a clump of open rosettes of upwardly arching cylindrica leaves. The younger leaves have a concave inner side that runs the length and are shorter and more arching. More mature leaves are to 18 inches long and completely cylindrical and smooth. These leaves emerge a silvery white color and darken to a pale blue green color and are horizontally banded in blue green with very narrow pinstripe longitudinal lines as well. Aerial stolons are produced which allows the clump to expand. Grow in very bright light to maintain strong pale coloration. Though we have only grown this plant indoors, the Sansevieria suffruticosa group is noted for its relative cold tolerance and this plant may be able to be used outdoors in Southern California in locations such as under an eave that is sheltered from winter rainfall and frost. If anyone has experience with this, we would love to hear their experiences with it. Sansevieria suffruticosa is from Kenya but there is considerable confusion regarding this plant and its origin as there apparently were multiple clones that used this name. One named cone has the cultivar name 'Blue Clone' and is thought to have thinner and smaller leaves. Another thought is that this plant is actually a cultivar of the Somalian species Sansevieria phillipsiae. Long placed in the Agavaceae, the Dracaenaceae and by some in the Ruscaceae families, Sansevieria was most recently placed in the subfamily Nolinoideae within the Asparagaceae family. Molecular phylogenetic studies however have determined that Sansevieria should actually be included in the genus Dracaena and so this plant would correctly be called Dracaena suffruticosa. Because of the long standing use of its old name, and to not cause customer confusion, we continue to list this plant under its previous Sansevieria name. Our plants originally from Grigsby Cactus Nursery.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted on this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in the nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Sansevieria suffruticosa 'Frosty Spears'.
 
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