san·​se·​vie·​ria | \ ˌsan(t)-sə-ˈvir-ē-ə How to pronounce sansevieria (audio) \

Definition of sansevieria

: any of a genus (Sansevieria) of tropical perennial herbs of the agave family with showy mottled sword-shaped leaves usually yielding a strong fiber especially : snake plant

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Recent Examples on the Web Because snake plants, or sansevieria, are so common, Gordon suggests going with a more interesting species of the genus. Washington Post, "Online plant sellers are having a moment. Here’s where to shop.," 11 Nov. 2020 Pistils also has a monstera named Swiss Cheese Vine and a sansevieria named Samurai. Washington Post, "Online plant sellers are having a moment. Here’s where to shop.," 11 Nov. 2020 With a green hoya, a sansevieria and a ZZ plant, you’ll be fully stocked with plants that are easy to care for. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "9 plants that are actually easy to keep alive, according to experts," 25 June 2020 For example, for sansevieria in an 8-inch pot, prices ranged from $19.99 to $71.00., "Best Bay Area garden centers," 28 Feb. 2020 Divide clump-forming foliage plants like spathiphyllum and sansevieria. Tom Maccubbin,, "August in the garden," 29 July 2017

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First Known Use of sansevieria

1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sansevieria

New Latin, from Raimondo di Sangro, prince of San Severo †1774 Italian scholar

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“Sansevieria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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