Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various tropical plants of the genus Sansevieria, native to Africa and Asia, having thick, usually lance-shaped leaves and often cultivated as houseplants.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of mono-cotyledonous plants of the order Hæmodoraceæ and tribe Ophiopogoneæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun grown as a houseplant for its mottled fleshy sword-shaped leaves or as a source of fiber

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Sansevieria, genus name, after Raimondo di Sangro (1710–1771), Prince of San Seviero, Italy.]

Examples

  • • Sansevieria or snake plantThe toughest of the tough guys, sansevieria is a snakeskin-patterned succulent, with upright, sword-shaped leaves.

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  • • Backdrop low, bushy plants like kalanchoe or Chinese evergreen against tall, spiky plants like dieffenbachia or sansevieria.

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  • • Backdrop low, bushy plants like kalanchoe or Chinese evergreen against tall, spiky plants like dieffenbachia or sansevieria.

    How To Avoid Housework

  • • Sansevieria or snake plantThe toughest of the tough guys, sansevieria is a snakeskin-patterned succulent, with upright, sword-shaped leaves.

    How To Avoid Housework

  • • Backdrop low, bushy plants like kalanchoe or Chinese evergreen against tall, spiky plants like dieffenbachia or sansevieria.

    How To Avoid Housework

  • • Sansevieria or snake plantThe toughest of the tough guys, sansevieria is a snakeskin-patterned succulent, with upright, sword-shaped leaves.

    How To Avoid Housework

  • Or like the funky forms of common houseplants that found themselves tragically dumped on the clearance table at the garden center for some reason or another, like this twisty sansevieria:

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  • "Some other common indoor plants like African violet, jade plant and sansevieria are not poisonous but could cause stomach upset if swallowed."

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  • Actually in the agave family, there are many varieties of sansevieria that are exceptionally tough.

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