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Products > Sansevieria kirkii var. pulchra
 
Sansevieria kirkii var. pulchra
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Asparagaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: Africa, East (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Dracaena pethera var. pulchra]
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Sansevieria kirkii var. pulchra - This semi-succulent plant from Zanzibar in Tropical East Africa can form a clump up to 4 ft. tall but is usually 3 feet tall. It has attractive rippled, undulating, dark green leaves, smudged with light green and reddish margins. Very showy white flowers are in rounded clusters that arise on a stout inflorescence from the center of the plant. Will tolerate low light levels but grows best and flowers if given bright light and even tolerates full sun. Water sparingly and not at all as temperatures dip in winter if growing outdoors - can tolerate going months between watering. Hardy to 30-32 F. This is a great container plant for interior or exterior use that needs little care. Found in Zanzibar and on Pembra and Misali Islands. The name for the genus was originally Sanseverinia as named by the Italian botanist Vincenzo Petagna in honor of his patron, Pietro Antonio Sanseverino, the Count of Chiaromonte (1724-1771), but the name was altered for unknown reasons by the Swedish naturalist Carl Peter Thunberg, possibly influenced by the name of Raimondo di Sangro (17101771), prince of San Severo in Italy. The specific epithet honors the Sir John Kirk (1832-1922) a surgeon and Consul General to Zanzibar who collected plants in East Africa. The varietal name 'pulchra' means "beautiful" "handsome", "fine" or "excellent" in reference to the strongly marked leaves. 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. Since the name Dracaena kirkii previously existed, Sansevieria kirkii could not use its existing epithet and would be called Dracaena pethera var. pulchra. Because of considerable disagreement over this change, the long standing use of its old name, and so not to cause our own and customer confusion, we continue to list this plant as a Sansevieria.  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Sansevieria kirkii var. pulchra.
 
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