Sansevieria cylindrica (African Spear)

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  • Cylindrica is a succulent indigenous to Angola.
  • The plant spreads horizontally via an underground rhizome (a kind of stem modified to act as a root).
  • It is a very hardy plant – able to endure all but the most extreme neglect.
  • It is perennial and evergreen, so you can expect it to stick around for a long time.
  • Cylindrica has impressive “leaves.” They can grow to be as tall as 6 feet! The tubular leaf is often an inch thick at maturity, which is necessary to support such height.
  • A common practice among the more involved gardeners is to braid the stalks together and secure them with a rope or band at the top.
  • Such controlled growth creates an elegant form of a normally-rowdy plant.
  • This method is best employed while the stalks are still short and young; you would have a lot of trouble convincing mature leaves to contort themselves in that way.
  • You should note that the tips of the leaves are protected by a tough point, hence the “spear” name.
  • Take care not to damage the spear tip! If broken, it effectively ends growth for that spear.
  • Cylindrica is also mildly toxic, so it should be kept away from infants and pets.
  • On the bright side, a healthy cylindrica will bloom sporadically even while young.
  • While the flowers aren’t particularly impressive, they have a pleasing aroma.


  • the Fast-draining cactus mix is preferred.


  • Apply a weak dose of cactus or general-purpose feed once a month at most during the growing season.
  • Sansevieria are low maintenance plants and do not require a lot of supplementary feeding.


  • Best in moderate to bright, indirect light but will adapt to low light conditions too.


  • Allow the soil to dry out before watering, then water thoroughly and allow to drain freely. Do not allow the plant to sit in water as this will cause root rot.


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