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Producing Night Time Oxygen


Bird's Nest, Snake Plant, Hahnii’, Sansevieria trifasciata

6 to 8 plants, waist-high, per person.

Releases oxygen during the night for conditioning indoor air while humans and animals are sleeping.

Growing Bird's Nest Plants

By Edward F. Gilman, professor, Environmental Horticulture Department, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University
of Florida, Gainesville.

Bird’s Nest is a stiff, vase-like, herbaceous perennial that attains a height of about 6 inches. Its simple, long elliptic leaves are arranged in a rosette. These attractive leaves are dark green with light green, irregular bands that run across the leaf’s width. The flowers of this plant are green and white and occur periodically throughout the year. Small berries follow the flowers, but these fruits are unnoticeable.

General Information





growing range for snake plant
Potential planting range.


Use and Management

Bird’s Nest is occasionally used in the landscape as a ground cover, especially in dry, desert-like gardens. Their small size and drought tolerance makes them suited for a rock garden. It is also very attractive when used in containers placed indoors or outdoors.

This plant is not particular as to light level and is tolerant of most well-drained soils. It will endure periods of drought and tolerates moderate amounts of salt spray. Bird’s Nest should not be grown outdoors in the northern regions of Florida due to its cold tenderness. Overwatering this plant will cause it to develop root rot. Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’ is propagated by leaf cuttings and division.

Pests and Diseases

This plant has no insect or disease pests that are a major concern.


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Can potentially produce hazardous levels of ozone inside the home.

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Updated: Dec 21 2013