Kenya Hyacinth

Sansevieria parva

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Sansevieria parva pm by Peter A. Mansfeld (CC BY 3.0)
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A close up of some green Sansevieria parva plants
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Sansevieria parva pm by Peter A. Mansfeld (CC BY 3.0)
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Sansevieria parva is a succulent, evergreen perennial species in the Asparagaceae family. Patterned leaves are narrow and curve, growing to around 40cm in length and 2.5cm wide, they are arranged in rosettes. Leaves are mid-green in colour with darker green crossbanding across the surface. It typically grows with an upright habit when young, becoming semi-weeping with age and size. Probably the toughest and most tolerant houseplant you can find, Sansevieria species are virtually indestructible and a great choice for the beginner gardener. Commonly known by the name Kenya Hyacinth, this plant was once called Sansevieria bequaertii and Sansevieria dooneri at different times, both of which are now considered synonyms. It thrives on neglect and is drought tolerant, disliking excessive watering (drench once a week and allow to dry out between watering's). Short spikes of small fragrant tubular pink-white flowers can appear in summer.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Propagation

Special features

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Africa.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Asparagaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Scent

Mild