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Products > Sansevieria 'Alice'
 
Sansevieria 'Alice' - (S. trifasciata x ehrenbergii)
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Asparagaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: Ethiopia (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Cream
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Dracaena cv.]
Parentage: (S. trifasciata x S. ehrenbergii)
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Sanseieria 'Alice' - A tall robust succulent plant to 3 to 4 feet tall with a tight clump of many vertically inclined dark green leaves with lighter gray-green zig-zag horizontal bands. We have not seen this cultivar flower. Will tolerate low light levels but grows best and flowers if given bright light and even tolerates full sun. Hardy to 30-32 F. Water sparingly and not at all as temperatures dip in winter, particularly if growing outdoors - can tolerate going months between watering and if grown outdoors in California does need to be kept under an eave or some other protection from winter rainfall and cold. A nice large container plant for interior or exterior use that needs little care. This plant is a hybrid between the more common Mother-in-law's tongue, Sansevieria trifasciata, which has upright flat sword-like leaves and the more rounded leafed Sansevieria ehrenbergii, which typically holds its mature leaves in a stacked fan shaped cluster. Our original plant came from the collection of Sansevieria collector Alice Waidhofer. 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 'Alice'. 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. These plants are also sometimes commonly called Snakeplants.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in our nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may 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 'Alice'.
 
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