The Sansevieria Bantel’s Sensation is a striking variety of the foolproof Snake Plant, boasting distinctive white vertical striping on its thinner-than-usual leaves. Native to West Africa, this plant can tolerate long periods of drought and is very easy to care for.
White and ocher-cream stripes with occasional yellow and dark green furrows accent the very erect succulent leaves; the "White Snakeplant" typically has a narrow green edge. 1940s laurentii sport originating in St. Louis. Because this is a trifasciata cultivar, the leaves are far more erectly rigid, of thicker substance, and often more numerous per head than those of Sansevieria 'Manolin' with which it seems to be occassionally confused among hobbyists. Avoid chill as the leaves are so extremely variegated that brown spots soon appear if exposed to cold temperatures.
Place your Sansevieria in a spot where it will receive anywhere from a bright to dim amount of indirect light. Note that the white variegation on the Bantel’s Sensation's leaves make it slightly less tolerant of low light conditions than your typical Snake Plant, so extremely low light situations should be avoided with this variety.
Sansevierias were grown and cherished well before the Chinese ti plant (Dracaena spp.) also known as the Good Luck Bamboo! The sansevieria is also referred to as a dragon for its many unique qualities. As with many Asian martial arts techniques, the strength comes from within. The sansevieria has been known to split large earthen pots upon reaching larger sizes. The Chinese have usually kept this plant potted in a pot within a ceramic pot often ornated with dragons and phoenixes. The attraction of this plant towards dragons is said to be magnetic. An interesting research program has been done by NASA using a few selected plants (one is Sansevieria) for air purification and to curb "Sick Building Syndrome." Growing the Snake Plant is easy. It will thrive in very bright light to almost dark corners of the house. Just water when the soil is dry.
Snake plants were recently reclassified to Dracaenea genus - we will get used to it soon!
Please note: some scarring may occur on the leaves if plant is gouged.