An eastern African flowering plant, Sansevieria Parva, can be found in the forest. The leaves are flat, succulent, and it is a slow-growing perennial. The plants are often called Kenya Hyacinths because of the fragrant flowers that resemble hyacinths. The Sanseviera can bloom more frequently than many other Sansevieras.
First discovered in 1915, Sansevieria Parva is a perennial shrub. The first description of this species was provided by Nicholas Edward Brown. Around six to eight leaves are present on each rosette of Sansevieria Parva. Rhizomes appear orange and brown. The Sansevieria parva also has a variegated cultivar with vertical yellowish-white stripes.
There was a belief that Sansevieria Dooneri and Sansevieria Parva were closely related. Their natural habitats are similar, and their appearances are almost identical. They are now assumed to be one species with slight variation due to microhabitat factors.
In the Asparagaceae family, this plant belongs to the genus Dracaena Vand.
Also known as:
- Kenya Hyacinth
- Dracaena Parva
- Sansevieria Dooneri
- Kenya Hyacinth Snake Plant
- Sansevieria Bequaertii
- Sansevieria Bequaertii De Wild
Originally from eastern Africa, the plant is now found all over the world. Specifically, it is found in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. Farmers in Kenya use this species as fodder.
Its narrow, lance-shaped leaves have a concave shape and spread out like a fountain like Sansevieria Parva. The folds are a bit tapered toward the end, and they are folded longitudinally a bit. The young leaves are bright green with pale-green horizontal bands. The bands disappear as the leaves mature, resulting in plain deep green leaves. These smooth, flat leaves are surrounded by a narrow green border.
Approximately one to 1.5 feet in height, it is a relatively small plant. It can spread to a height of one foot. Each leaf measures approximately an inch in width. The maximum height of a flower stalk is 2 feet.
The plant produces flower stalks topped with bunches of blossoms. A similar event might take place every year. Flowers are small, tubular, and creamy-white in color. Pinkish brown can be found at the apex. A pleasant scent of hyacinth emanates from them at night.
When ingested, all parts of the plant are mildly toxic. Pets and children should not be near the product. Vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, etc. can result from consumption.
The plant has a low likelihood of being infested with pests in general. Even so, it might be attacked by mealybugs or spider mites. Avoid any damage to the leaves by keeping them dry and clean.
Various methods can be used for propagation, including planting rhizomes, plant division, and leaf cuttings. Plant leaf cuttings upright in soil in sections of 3-4 inches when using leaf cuttings.
Season Of Growth
Growing season for this evergreen plant is from spring to summer. Flowers usually bloom in late winter or early spring.
A well-draining and sandy soil is ideal for this plant. A regular soil can be amended with sand, perlite or peat. Succulents can also be grown in potting mix. Water must be able to drain freely from the soil.
Unlike most plants, this one does not need to be watered often. When the growing season is in full swing, water twice a week, and once a month when the winter is here. Make sure the soil does not remain wet for too long, especially during the winter.
This plant can tolerate conditions ranging from full sun to light shade. Ideally, the sunlight should be bright but indirect. Protect outdoor plants from the harsh afternoon sun by placing them in a shady area.
This plant does well in temperatures and humidity that are average for the room. If kept dry, it can even withstand temperatures of up to 50°F (10°C). It is usually possible to tolerate higher temperatures. Be careful, however, of frost and very low temperatures.