Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Golden Hahnii’ (Golden Birdnest Sansevieria) –
From the 2 plantlets that were first brought home in mid 2005, we’ve now a reasonably large clump of ‘Golden Hahnii’ in our garden bed, as well as 2 medium pot-size full, discounting those we’ve gifted to friends. How wonderful! Extremely fuss-free and so productive! :)
A very attractive sport of Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ (Goldband Sansevieria), with appealing variegated foliage in a rosette-like formation and delightfully miniature in stature. I think this is one of the most beautiful Sansevierias that I’ve ever seen.
Plant Profile, Culture and Propagation -:
- Botanical Name: Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Golden Hahnii’
- Common Name: Golden Birdnest Sansevieria, Golden Bird’s Nest Snake Plant, Golden Birdnest Goodluck Plant.
- Family name: Ruscaceae (check wikipedia).
- Plant type: Indoor or outdoor ornamental plant, native to Africa, Arabia and India.
- Light: Prefers full sun, but can tolerate low light conditions.
- Moisture: Needs little water and is very drought tolerant. Allow soil to dry out between watering.
- Soil: Grows best in well-drained loamy soil, though adaptable to any kind of soil.
- Propagation: By division of suckers. For variegated Sansevierias, propagation by division is the choice to retain the golden yellow variegation. It can also be propagated from leaf cuttings taken from the parent plant, but since ‘Golden Hahnii’ is a chimera like other variegated Sansevierias, it will not propagate true to type, resulting in the absence of gold bands on the edges of the leaves.
Desiring to see this outcome for real, I took a leaf cutting, divided it into 3 sections and then pushed them with basal ends down into loosened soil. The plantlets that emerged eventually did not have any golden margins at all, as seen in this image of the plants on the left side.
- Features: Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Golden Hahnii’ is an evergreen herbaceous perennial succulent, growing to 1 foot tall with a similar spread. This Dwarf Snake Plant is a sport of S. trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ with an entirely different habit, discovered by Sylvan Hahn in 1953. A compact and variegated cultivar that is clump-forming with thick recurved leaves, and spirally-arranged in a rosette that resembles a bird’s nest, hence commonly named Golden Birdnest Sansevieria. Its thick and smoothly textured leaves are attractively variegated with both marginal and internal golden or creamy yellow stripes, and a central broad dark green band with patterns typical of the trifasciata species. Leaves are broad and spine-tipped with variable width and length. This plant is slow-growing, robust and suckers freely. Birdnest cultivars of S. trifasciata are not known to flower? (They do, you know! See update: Sept 30, 2008 below)
- Usage: Great as a houseplant in various kind of containers, not only for its attractiveness but also for cleansing the air in the home of benzene and formaldehyde concentrations.
Ideal for outdoors too in mixed planters, garden beds, borders and xeriscaping. ‘Golden Hahnii’ are perfect as groundcovers, especially in mass planting with other low-growing plants, such as Dwarf Mexican Petunias and Zephyr Lilies, etc. to attract butterflies and dragonflies.
- Care: S. trifasciata ‘Golden Hahnii’ is such an easy-care plant, almost thrives on neglect. Just know that it absolutely dislikes soaked feet, but loves the sun and warmth. So, plant it in well-drained loam-based soil and be very careful never to overwater, otherwise it’ll succumb to rot. Though a tough survivor in a wide range of conditions, be it in the hottest sun or the deepest of shade, it performs best in good light or sunny locations. Exposure to prolonged low-light conditions will result in long, lanky leaves that are featureless, lacking in good shape and coloration. Feeding is unimportant, but if you’d like to, fertilize with a low-nitrogen fertilizer sparingly during the growing season. If necessary, thin overcrowded clumps with a garden spade and propagate the divisions elsewhere, as overcrowding will distort new rosettes. It’s hardly bothered by pest or diseases.
- For temperate regions: Hardiness: USDA Zone 9a-11. Avoid cold and wetness, but provide good light and warmth. Well-drained soil is essential. Water moderately in summer, but keep it dry during the winter. To know more about sansevieria’s culture, refer to fact sheet by International Sansevieria Society and Dave’s Garden site.
- More info on sansevieria: Read this very comprehensive Sansevieria Production Guide from University of Florida, IFAS to acquaint yourself with the genus ‘sansevieria’, its culture and the many species and cultivars.
- More Sansevieria images: Enjoy here!
Just a short flowering spike of 16.5cm in length, but its beautiful flowers are a sight to behold, especially at dusk when they shine to their utmost best and release a very pleasant fragrance that will make you crave for more! Simply astonishing!
More photos here.