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Sansevieria hallii - Baseball Bat

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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 hallii, S. 'Baseball Bat']
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 hallii (Baseball Bat) - A slow growing very attractive Sansevieria with few stout blue-gray thick leaves that are nearly cylindrical, which gives the species the common name of Baseball Bat. The flowers occasionally seen on older plants are long violet-pink tubed with white flaring petals in a tight upright capitate cluster on a very short stem near ground level. Plant in bright light in a well-drained soil and protect from cold and winter moisture. It is noted as more cold tolerant than many tropical Sansevieria but like most Sansevieria still dislikes cold wet soil. This attractive and interesting Sansevieria is a great sculptural plant for a bright indoor location or under an eave in near frost free climate. This plant comes from Mozambique, Zimbabwe and northern Limpopo in South Africa where it grows it the shade of trees and shrubs on rock outcroppings from 500 to 2,000 feet in elevation. Juan Chahinian, author of The Splendid Sansevieria first described this plant in 1996 in The Sansevieria Journal to honor the British horticulturalist Harry Hall, who lived many years in South Africa. Hall was an avid collector of succulent plants, worked at Kew Gardens and later was the horticulturist at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden and was the first to find this species in 1957 in East Zimbabwe. We have been building stock on this plant since 2003 from plants received from long time Sansevieria specialist Alice Waidhofer who received her plant in 1984 from David Grigsby of Grigsby Cactus as Sansevieria sp. GC81069. In the Grigsby Cactus catalog it said of this plant: "There is no known Sansevieria like it. A plant has one or two broad channeled leaves, ridged on the face. The channel is the same width as the leaf! The adult leaf is 2"+ wide, up to 12" long and 1"+ thick!!! And it is as hard as a rock! We fondly call it the "Baseball Bat". This plant belongs in every collection." 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 hallii. 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 provided on this page is based on the research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations of our nursery crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Sansevieria hallii.