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Sansevieria cylindrica.


Sansevieria cylindrica, is commonly called as African spear, sword of St. George or mother tongue.

It belongs to the family of the Liliaceae, therefore succulent, although its peculiar and different aspect, makes it very suggestive, decorative and ornamental.

Sansevieria cylindrica plant

Therefore, we could call it semi-crass.

Its origin is mainly from African countries such as Kenya and Angola, although it can also be found in other neighboring African countries.

As is the Sansevieria cylindrica.

The Sansevieria cylindrica, is a succulent plant, decorative and ornamental for its cylindrical leaves, very vertical green, somewhat mottled yellowish.

It has curious thick leaves, erect, rigid and vertical, almost cylindrical in shape, finished in a point and arranged in the shape of a fan.

The leaves grown in buds of 3 or 4 components, which manage to reach a length of more than 1 meter and up to 2 meters and a diameter of 3 centimeters.

The surface is smooth and may have a dark green color in its entirety, or have a thin edge that runs through the entire sheet.

It can also have dark green bands, alternating with others of light green color.

Sansevieria cylindrica
Sansevieria cylindrica


These are quite typical spots in this plant genus.

The leaves are succulent, sharp and pointed and can be sharp.

The roots of the Sansevieria cylindrica are superficial, so it can be grown in a pot for the rest of its life and planted in groups both in the garden and in the garden.

How to take care of Sansevieria cylindrica.

It is an easy plant to grow and tolerate a wide variety of conditions. It is a simple and grateful plant and its cultivation will not give any work.

They are low maintenance, have no thorns or dangerous spikes. It is not toxic .

If the plant does not fit well in the pot or container, it will have to be changed to a larger container.

Due to its quiet nature and its tolerance to dry air and soil, it is a suitable plant for decorating offices.

The ornamental appearance of these plants is reinforced if we introduce it in an attractive ceramic pot.

Sansevierias, if they grow in light pots, tend to tip over, so the most suitable containers are clay pots.

The flowers of Sansevieria cylindrica appear on a floral  which has no leaf that is 1m long.

 Sansevieria cylindrica flowers
Sansevieria cylindrica flowers


They’re  white in colour. Once they are pollinated, the fruit begins to mature and will reach 8mm in diameter.

The flowering period is at the end of spring or summer.

The Flower produces spikes of almost the length of the foliage, covered with bracts, which care for the tiny pink flowers.

 Sansevieria cylindrica flower
Sansevieria cylindrica flower


The plant should enjoy a sunny place, with some protection in summer, although it accommodates semi-shady situations, and even bright interiors.

It does not resist frost, so in temperate or cold climates it is usually cultivated as an indoor plant.

Temperatures below -2ºC, cause significant damage.

How to water and fertilize the Sansevieria cylindrica.

It has little need for water and enjoys good resistance to periods of drought.

When watering, it is better to moisten the substrate in depth and let the substrate dry , before watering again.

 Sansevieria cylindrica

The Sansevierias cylindrica, in well drained loam soils.

The plants are very resistant to drought and irrigation is necessary approximately every two weeks.

During the winter months it is watered once a month.

Sansevierias should be considered as succulents, when it comes to irrigation.

Never water in excess, since the rhizome that is buried, can rot easily.

It grows well in dry and well-drained soils of arid tropical climates, although it requires shade during the hours of the most intense sun.

As a general rule, watering will be once or twice a week in summer and every 15-20 days the rest of the year.

Regarding the fertilization of the Sansevieria cylindrica, fertilize every three or four weeks, adding a balanced liquid fertilizer to the irrigation water .

From the beginning of autumn to the middle of spring, it can go without  fertilizer.

What plagues and diseases Sansevieria cylindrica suffers.

In general, they do not usually give many problems related to pests or diseases . Some cases that we can find are:

  • Base has rotten leaves: Excess irrigation water or lack of drainage especially in winter. Allow the substrate to dry between waterings.
  • The edges of the leaves are ugly or damaged: It can be due to excess heat, excess sun or excess heat from heating next to the plant. It may be due to falling pot, overturning and damaging the leaves.
  • Areas with brown spots on the leaves: It is a clear symptom of excess watering. Lower the irrigation frequency and let the substrate dry.
  • Pale or whitish leaves: Symptom of lack of lighting.
  • Pillbugs: presence of cochineal , usually cottony scale and leaves. Remove them with a cloth soaked in methyl alcohol or apply a systemic insecticide to that effect. If you see white and hairy spots on the leaves, they are caused by the cottony scale.

They can suffer rotting of the roots, fungi, by excessive irrigation.

Pruning and multiplication

The pruning of the sansevieria cylindrica, only needs light maintenance prunings in winter, eliminating wilted leaves and flowers.

For multiplication, cut a piece of a leaf and bury it halfway in a pot, which remains in the shade until it has roots.

From there will come a new plant.


It is very slow growing, so do not be anxious, it may take a year to reach 10 I’m tall.

That is, the simplest way is to divide the whole plant into several portions and plant them individually in pots, with a mixture for cactus and coarse sand.

It can be reproduced by means of leaf cuttings, a widely used method.

Curiosities of the Sansevieria cylindrica.

There are approximately 60 species of Sansevieria. The most famous is Sansevieria trifasciata, of which the best known is Sansevieria trifasciata-Laurentii.


NASA reportedly revealed that Sansevieria has an excellent ability to absorb up to 107 atmospheric pollutants, including carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides.

As if this were not enough, another study conducted by the Wolverton Environment Service found that Sansevieria absorbs formaldehyde, chloroform, benzene, xylene and trichlorethylene,  thus earning a reputation for regenerating air, for the sick building syndrome.

The Sansevieria cylindrica, uses the metabolism process of Crassulacean acid, which absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night.

This supposedly makes them suitable bedroom plants. However, since the leaves are potentially poisonous if swallowed, it is generally not recommended for children’s rooms.

In addition to ornamental and decorative plants, they are very healthy, for the air we breathe in our homes.



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