Black Gold Snake Plant

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  • Low Maintenance
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light)
  • Below Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 3 Feet

While the name Black Gold Snake Plant may first evoke feelings of dread, this drought-tolerant ornamental plant has nothing to do with snakes, venom, or whimpering prey, but instead, refers to its variegated foliage. And, rather than posing a threat, this West African original, resembling a cluster of snakes springing upward out of the ground with its emerald-green leaves etched in bright pineapple yellow, actually improves health by removing impurities from the air. Also known as Sansevieria trifasciata, syn. Dracaena trifasciata, Laurentii Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law's Tongue, Saint George's Sword, and Viper's Bowstring Hemp, this herbaceous, drought-tolerant plant has a straight-forward and easy care regimen; it’s the perfect choice for any newbie gardener.

Best Locations For Growing Black Gold Snake Plant

While tolerating a wide range of light levels from low to bright indirect light, Black Gold Snake Plant thrives in bright indirect light. Adding a penchant for temperatures varying between 55 to 85 degrees, this perennial will do well in any brightly lit, relatively warm room, as long as it is safe from direct light. Speaking of safety, though, due to this plant’s mild toxicity to people and pets, it’s also wise to keep this perennial out of the reach of any little hands or paws.

Black Gold Snake Plant Sunlight Requirements

Due to the affinity this plant has for bright indirect light, its best to maintain Black Gold Snake Plant at least 3 to 5 feet away from a south-facing window or within five feet of an east-facing or west-facing window.

Black Gold Snake Plant Care

This evergreen thrives in aerated, well-draining soil. A typical cactus or succulent potting mix will suffice. Black Gold Snake Plant requires minimal pruning. To encourage growth, simply trim dead leaves when needed. Repot this ornamental once a year. After blooming, this flowering plant will produce offsets, which can be used along with stolons or division to propagate this herbaceous plant. 

Watering Black Gold Snake Plant

Black Gold Snake Plant does not need frequent watering, especially if the humidity level is above 40%. This drought-tolerant perennial, however, is susceptible to fungal diseases such as root rot so it is wise to do a moisture check prior to watering. Simply insert a finger one to two inches below the surface of the soil and water if it feels dry.

Feeding Black Gold Snake Plant

Black Gold Snake Plant does not require frequent fertilizing. Typically, you will need to feed this ornamental plant only one time per year. When feeding, use a balanced fertilizer during the spring months.

Black Gold Snake Plant Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Below Average - Let the soil dry completely, then, water deeply.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 3 feet
Mature Spread: 18 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type: Variegated
Foliage Color(s): Green, Yellow
Foliage Description: Variegated Dark Green with Gold Edges
Temperature: 45° - 85°F (7° - 29°C)
Humidity: Below Average to Average (20% - 60%)
Common Name: Black Gold Snake Plant
Other Name(s): Sansevieria Black Gold, Afrian Spear, Magic Sword
Scientific Name: Sansevieria trifasciata 'Black Gold'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
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Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

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