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Products > Sansevieria trifasciata 'Moonshine'
 
Sansevieria trifasciata 'Moonshine' - Silver Snakeplant
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Asparagaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: Africa, West (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [Dracaena trifasciata cv., 'Futura Silver Offset']
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: >32 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Sansevieria trifasciata 'Moonshine' (Silver Snakeplant) - This beautiful plant has broad 3 to 4 inch wide by 2 foot long leaves that are a light silvery-green color with faint longitudinal lines and a narrow dark green margin. This may be the same plant as those sold as 'Moonshine' or 'Moonglow' but our plant came from noted Sansevieria collector Alice Waidhofer tagged as Sansevieria trifasciata 'Futura' (Silver Offset) but note that this plant is more commonly sold as 'Moonshine' and we offer it now under this name. I The Sanseviera Journal (Issue 31 - February 2014) notes that while this plant appears to be a sport of 'Silver Queen', green leaf reversions of it are closer to S. trifasciata 'Robust'. Will tolerate low light levels, where it turns a darker green color but grows best and may flower (we haven't seen this yet) in bright light or morning sun. Hardy to 30-32 F but happiest if warmer so give this plant protection in all but the mildest California climates. Water sparingly and not at all as temperatures dip in winter if growing outdoors on a covered patio or under an eave - can literally tolerate going months between watering. A great container plant for interior or exterior use that needs little care. Sansevieria 'Moonshine' won the coveted Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1993.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 trifasciata. 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.  The information on this webpage is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of it as it grows in the nursery in containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it growing. We will also incorporate 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 trifasciata 'Moonshine'.
 
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