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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 Known 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 Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

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

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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