Happy at home in the desert


Care rating As carefree as you can be
Pot size 15 – 20cm
Height Approximately 40 – 50cm inc. pot

*Please note that measurements are approximate and each plant will vary

How not to kill
Back to the roots

Our houseplant friends never forget their roots, and they’ll always be the most content when their surroundings mimic their natural environment. Originating in the deserts of Ethiopia, amongst other places, this plant gained its tongue in cheek name through the sharp point to its sweeping leaves. A fun plant for the designers among us, you can change the shade of colour in her leaves simply by moving her.

The closer to the window she is, the lighter she’ll be. In an odd contrast to her nickname she won’t hold neglect against you, and in fact welcomes it so if you’re a bit forgetful with your watering habits you’ll have a good friend in the sansevieria. She’s a slow grower but a vigorous one, and you might even see cracks appear in a pot if she wants to move house. She’ll reward you for that, though, by eventually growing up to a metre in height.

A little helping hand - With every houseplant we send out you get a handy little guide to help your new plant live its best life, including where they'll want to live and how often they like to drink.

There’ll be no fuss with this houseplant. Any light is good light, although try to avoid bright direct afternoon rays because those big luscious leaves might start to smoulder. Versatility in moisture isn’t an issue either. She’ll be just as happy in an air-conditioned office as she will in a humid bathroom. This girl will live to a ripe old age so if you’re looking a long-term plant companion she’ll be more than happy to stick around. A stable temperature is a pleasure and warmth is welcomed but don't worry if your house has a few chilly spots; as long as it’s not sub zero she’ll be fine.

When it comes to watering, less is better. She likes a dry mouth so a sip at a time will do, and never soak the soil. If you're giving your other plants a bath she won’t mind missing out, so just leave her to her own devises and water every 2 – 3 weeks.

Toxicity is the only area where this houseplant won’t agree with you. An upset stomach will be the most you’ll get but we really wouldn’t recommend the hassle. Keep her out of reach of pets and children just to be safe.

This beauty has a lot going for her, and as plants go she’s a definite all rounder. As well as all of her other attributes, studies have shown that the sansevieria is one of a small handful of plants that releases oxygen at night rather than in the day. This makes her a perfect addition to any bedroom. If that wasn’t enough, she also converts nasty extras like formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide to give you yet another breath of fresh air.

Nationwide Delivery: We accept orders Monday - Friday with deliveries Tuesday to Saturday. We do not ship nationwide on Sundays.

Please allow 3 - 5 working days for delivery.