Sansevieria moonshine [san-se-VEER-ee-uh, moon-shine] is a cultivar of the Sansevieria trifasciata, which is a succulent from the Asparagaceae family.
Also known as Sansevieria craigii, Sansevieria jacquinii, and Sansevieria laurentii superba, this beautiful plant is very popular as a houseplant.
Native to West Africa, ranging from Nigeria to the Congo, this plant is commonly known as a snake plant.
Other common names include:
- Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Futura Silver Offset’
- Sansevieria Futura Silver Offset’
- Moonlight Sansevieria
- Silver snake plant
- Moonshine snake plant
These names are in reference to the beautiful succulent leaves which sport a light silvery-green color.
The most interesting name for the plant is mother-in-law’s tongue, which is supposed to reference the sharp edges of the leaves.
Sansevieria Moonshine Care
Size & Growth
The leaves are what earn this cultivar its common names.
They are silvery-green in color with very faint dark green lines running longitudinally along its length.
In low light conditions, the leaves may turn a darker green color but still retains its silvery sheen.
These plants have a vigorous growth rate.
Flowering and Fragrance
Appearing similar to S. trifasciata ‘robusta’, this cultivar may flower.
The bloom time isn’t very cut and dry and quite infrequent.
But when they do bloom, the flowers are white in color, inconspicuous, and slightly fragrant.
Light & Temperature
Indirect light for indoor moonshine sansevieria is optimal.
But despite its requirements, the plant can withstand full sun and low light conditions.
Hardy to USDA Hardiness Zones 10 through 11, these plants do well in warmer climes with temperature ranging between 55° – 85° degrees Fahrenheit (13° C – 29° C).
They are winter hardy in regions where the temperature is lowest at 32° degrees Fahrenheit (0° C).
Watering and Feeding
Being a succulent, this plant doesn’t require much water to stay healthy and thrive.
The plant is drought-tolerant, meaning you should let the soil dry out between watering.
Keep the leaves dry and prevent overwatering as it may cause root rot.
Also, lower the frequency of water to once a month when the temperatures start dipping low.
Feed your moonshine plants with a general-purpose plant food twice a year in the spring or summer.
Don’t overfeed the plants.
Soil & Transplanting
The standard potting mix used for succulents and cacti is suitable for mother-in-law’s tongue.
Drainage is an important factor in the soil you choose as they are susceptible to root rot when water stands around the rhizome structure.
Even though you’re able to transplant your snake plant any time of the year, repotting shouldn’t be rushed.
Repotting every 2-5 years should be sufficient.
When you want to move your moonlight snake plant, feel for the root ball and carefully shake it loose from the pot.
Place it in a new pot at least 1”-2” inches below the rim of the pot.
Grooming and Maintenance
This plant thrives when left on its own but this doesn’t mean you should ignore it.
Moonshine snake plants are pretty low-maintenance.
There are no lengthy care instructions to keep up with.
The only maintenance you need to do is removing yellowing or dead leaves if you see signs of root rot.
How to Propagate Moonshine Snake Plant
Snake plants are best propagated by division as they have a strong and rapidly growing rhizome structure.
Remove offsets or new rhizome growth with a sharp knife, taking one healthy leaf with it.
Use leaf cuttings, which should be at least 2” inches long from a mature leaf.
Whether you use cuttings or divisions, keep the areas of the cuts dry and let it callous before transplanting it.
Plant the divisions or offshoots in a well-drained potting mix.
Leaf cuttings should be buried 1” inch deep.
Stick the leaf-cutting in water.
Use a tall container with enough water to cover only a few inches of the lead.
Place the container in low light or indirect sunlight, changing the water as needed.
Moonshine Snake Plant Pest or Diseases
These hardy plants are typically free from serious disease and pest problems.
If anything would bother your Moonshine snake plants, it will be either mealybugs or spider mites.
Fortunately, these problems are not terribly hard to deal with.
The plant may be susceptible to scarring on the leaves if places in chilly temperatures for too long or from having too much water or moisture in the soil.
The latter may be root rot.
Look for signs such as drooping or yellowing leaves.
Sansevieria trifasciata species contains compounds known as saponins.
These may be mildly toxic to humans and pets.
Upon ingestion, they may cause irritation in the stomach or in the mouth.
Nausea and vomiting may be possible issues if consumed in large quantities.
More on the question – Is the Mother In Law Plant Poisonous?
Sansevieria Moonshine Uses
These plants make great potted indoor plants.
The upright growth of the plant is easy to fit in small parts of the house.
These sansevieria plants may also be used in landscaping to frame other succulents or flowering ferns.
Place them around in pots or plant directly in the ground.
Like other species, Sansevieria trifasciata yields a strong, viable fiber.
This was once used to make bowstrings.
However, it’s now predominantly used as an outdoor plant in warmer climates and as an indoor plant in cooler climes.