What Is A Starfish Sansevieria: Information About Starfish Sansevieria Care

Potted Starfish Sansevieria Plant
starfish sanseveria
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If you like succulents, try growing starfish sansevieria. What’s a starfish sansevieria? Starfish sansevieria plants, as their name suggests, are starfish-shaped succulents. The following article contains Sansevieria cylindrica info about growing starfish sansevieria and their care.

What is a Starfish Sansevieria?

Starfish Sansevieria ‘Boncel’ plants are rare but worth searching for. They are a more compact hybrid of Sansevieria cylindrica, or snake plant, a more common succulent. The plant has fan-shaped, light green foliage with dark green concentric circles from the top to the bottom of the leaf. Young “pups” spring from the base of the plant and can be easily transplanted to propagate new plants.

Sansevieria cylindrica Info

Sansevieria cylindrica is a succulent plant that is native to Angola. It is a common and revered houseplant in China where it is said to embody the eight virtues of the Eight Gods. It is an extremely hardy plant with striped, smooth, elongated gray/green leaves. 

They can get to about 1 inch (2.5 cm.) across and grow as long as 7 feet (2 m.). It grows in a fan shape with its stiff leaves arising from a basal rosette. It has subcylindrical leaves, tubular rather than strap-like. It is drought tolerant, needing water only about once every other week. 

It can grow in bright sun to partial sun but if allowed full sun, the plant will bloom with inch long (2.5 cm.), greenish white, tubular blossoms that are tinged with pink.

Starfish Sansevieria Care

Growing and caring for starfish sansevieria is just like caring for the common snake plant above. Also easy to care for, it prefers bright light but will tolerate lower levels. Plant starfish in regular succulent potting mix. Generally a houseplant, starfish sansevieria is hardy to USDA zones 10b to 11. Water starfish sansevieria only when it is completely dry. 

As a succulent, it collects water in its leaves so overwatering may cause the plant to rot. Place starfish sansevieria in a room with an average home temperature and protect it from drafts or cooler temps below 50 degrees F. (10 C.). Feed the plant once every three weeks with a general all-purpose houseplant food diluted by half.

Amy Grant

Amy Grant has been gardening for 30 years and writing for 15. A professional chef and caterer, Amy's area of expertise is culinary gardening.