The 11 Most Popular Snake Plant Varieties

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In general, new plant parents or people who are really busy fear that they will kill their plants because of neglect or inadequate knowledge of the species being grown. Snake plants, however, are one of the best options you have to build indoor gardens and are resistant to wear and tear.

An indoor plant with a snake like appearance, the Snake Plant thrives despite neglect and is a beautiful decorative indoor plant. Snake Plant or Mother in Law Tongue is a plant which, though it may sound too good to be true, really exists.

They are admired for their bright color and distinct shapes, and are also hard to kill and easy to care for. They can also brighten up any room, whether in the home or at the office.

Therefore, for you, Sansevieria lovers, we have compiled a list of the most popular types of Sansevieria, with pictures and growing tips, so you can pick the one that best suits your home and style. Don’t forget that indoor plants can be paired with trees and other indoor plants to create fabulous indoor gardens.

1. Snake Plant Compacta (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Compacta’)

It’s also known as Dwarf Snake Plant and is a very hardy plant, so it can thrive in lit artificial environments.

The NASA Clean Air Study has found that this snake plant variety not only has unique evergreen foliage with yellow margins, but it is also a very good air purifier plant.

It prefers to live in groups, so it prefers bright indirect light and does not care for being repotted into large pots. It is also suitable for both homes and offices.

2. Golden Snake Plant (Sansevieria laurentii superba)

This snake plant variety has dark green lance type leaves with yellow marginal bands, and it is originally from Brazil.

Commonly known as Vipers’s Bowstring Hemp, it prefers warmer temperatures and indirect sunlight but can survive and grow well indoors, making it suitable for indoor gardens.

It also has a robust root system that allows it to survive in almost any kind of soil, making it the ideal hard to kill house plant.

3. Golden Birds’ Nest (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Golden Hahnii’)

The next species of Snake plant we have selected for our list is the Golden Birds’ Nest. It is one of the most interesting and exciting snake plants due to its egg-yolk leaves with a green center stripe.

With a mature ‘Golden Hahnii’ reaching 8-10” in width, it will look beautiful inside or outside your home or office.

Keep away from cold areas as it is not resistant to cold weather.

4. Father in Law Tongue (Sansevieria aubrytiana)

It’s also called “Father-in-law tongue” and is one of the most beautiful Snake plant varieties. With pale-green leaves with reddish dried edges, this gorgeous indoor plant makes for an extremely ornamental addition to your indoor garden.

5. Silver Birds’ Nest (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Silver Hahnii’)

Silver leaves, similar to metallic mint green, belong to this compact dwarf snake plant. Banded Bird Nest is also known as a rosette-form plant whose leaves grow into a rosette that is larger than other ‘Hahnii’ types.

Place it in a warm place with enough sunlight. If placed in a low-light environment for a prolonged period of time, the silvery markings will start to fade.

6. Mother in Law Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Most snake plant varieties on this list belong to the Sansevieria Trifasciata family. Another name for mother-in-law’s tongue, this is one of the most popular varieties loved worldwide for its blade-shaped leaves and erect habit.

7. Variegated Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)

Houseplants with blade-like green leaves are considered good luck for their owners as they are drought-tolerant and air purifying.

Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene are removed from the air by it. The Snake plant is a great choice for fresh air in your home, and it is relatively easy to maintain.

8. Spear Orchid (Sansevieria cylindrica v. patula ‘Boncel’)

The Cylindrical Snake Plant is also known as a foolproof plant, as it can thrive in the absence of care for long periods of time.

Those who have a busy schedule or are first-time plant parents will greatly benefit from choosing this type of snake plant. The plants grow between 12 and 24 inches and can be planted both in bright and shady areas.

9. Mason’s Congo Snake Plants (Sansevieria Masoniana)

A semi-succulent plant, it can reach an impressive 4-feet in height under proper conditions.

When it gets going, the Mason’s Congo will grow rapidly, as opposed to being contained in plastic containers for several years. In any room, it has an impact and changes the ambiance for the better.

10.  Twisted Sister Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Twisted sister’)

This snake plant is another one with gorgeous bright yellow and green foliage that twists from the base, giving it an unusual appearance.

The plant can grow up to 15 inches, which makes it a great choice for a small table or office.

11. Robusta Snake Plant (Sansevieria robusta)

The newest member of the Sansevieria genus, this plant was originally from India and it goes by the name of Robusta Snake Plant or Robusta Mother in Law’s Tongue.

Snake plant variety with sword-shaped leaves with light and dark green stripes and streaks crossed horizontally.

This plant can grow from 16-30 inches tall and it’s ideal for indoor because of its resistance to neglect and its overlapping leaves.

Snake Plant Varieties: FAQs

Let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions before we wrap up our guide today. Feel free to contact us with further questions!

How many varieties of Snake plants are there?

Around 70 species of flowering plants belong to the Sansevieria genus, belonging to the plant family Asparagateceae. Since they look so different from each other, most Sansevieria varieties are commonly known as Snake Plants. When identifying different Snake plants, it is best to use an app that recognizes plants and identifies them.

What are the best conditions to grow a Snake plant?

Despite the fact that Snake plants grow in virtually any condition and withstand different kinds of environments, no matter how harsh, here are some tips to ensure proper growth for your Snake plant:

  • Rather than using a plastic pot, use a terracotta one. It allows the soil to dry faster for optimal Snake plant development.
  • A well-drained potting mix – for succulents and cacti, for example – will work well with Snake plants, allowing them to grow at their maximum potential.
  • Put your Snake plant in indirect, bright light. More tips and tricks about Sansevieria care can be found on our website.

How long does a Snake Plant live?

Snake plants can live quite a long time without any major interventions if you give them the right living conditions. Even though it can live for a decade, usually the average lifespan is less than that.


Even if you neglect your Snake plant, you will not go wrong with it, it needs the minimum amount of attention and it will reward you with its presence as well as with purified air. The Snake Plant is toxic to pets and humans, so keep it out of reach of children and pets and keep it out of reach of pets and toddlers.

Care for your Snake plant is as simple as watering it regularly when the soil has completely dried out and avoiding cold areas.

Now it’s your turn to continue the conversation! Do you grow Snake Plant varieties? Do you have any other types you love and would like to contribute to our community? Comment below if you have any Sansevieria care and maintenance tips and tricks for us and other enthusiast gardeners.


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