Sansevieria Parva

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Sansevieria Parva, better known as Kenya Hyacinth, is one of the hardiest plants from snake plant family. Its native to Kenya, hence the name Kenya Hyacinth. Like every snake plant, Sansevieria parva doesn’t need much care to beautify your house and make it more refreshing.

Sansevieria Parva Physical Characteristics

sansevieria parva physical characteristics

Sansevieria Parva can be easily recognized thanks to her leaves. They are slender and have horizontal stripes of different shades of green.

The flowers of Sansevieria Parva are white and their petals are thin. They appear very rarely – this sansevieria needs to be grown outside with right conditions in order to bloom.

Compared to other snake plants, this one is short. Its height usually ranges between 12-20 inches(30-50cm).

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Sansevieria Parva Care

Sunlight: Kenya Hyacinth needs at least 6 hours of bright, filtered sunlight to thrive. Exposure to direct sunlight won’t do any harm, but if this sansevieria stays under it too much, especially during afternoon, you may notice burnt leaves.

Temperature: Sansevieria Parva grow best at temperatures between 60°F – 75°F (15°C – 24°C). It doesn’t like frost – temperatures below 50°F(10°C) will cause a lot of health damage to it.

Water: Sansevierias are succulent, so they don’t need too much water. Water Kenya Hyacinth every 2-4 weeks, but keep in mind – it’s best to water your succulents when soil feels dry. If 2-4 weeks passed since your last watering, and soil is still moist, wait for it to dry out before next watering.

Soil: This snake plant needs soil that drains well. Overwatering can cause root rot, so make sure excess water won’t stay around the roots of your snake plant by planting it well-draining soil. You can learn how to make your own succulent potting mix here.

Fertilizer: Give Kenya Hyacinth nutrients every 4-6 weeks during active growing season(spring and summer) only. Dilute your fertilizer with water – succulents don’t need a lot of nutrients.


Kenya Hyacinth will need to be repotted after 1-2 years, or even before if you notice root rot or other signs of diseases. Find a new pot – it should 1-2 inches bigger than the previous one. Remove your snake plant from its current container and examine its roots – trim damaged or dead ones. Fill new pot with well-draining soil and plant your Sansevieria in the middle of it. Repotting is stressful for succulents, so let your snake plant recover. Water it lightly first couple of days.

Yellow, brown and damaged leaves can be a sign for majority of problems connected with improper care. You can prune them in order to stop the spread of possible disease. Also, you can prune healthy leaves too, if you want to control the size of your snake plant. 

Division is the best way for propagation Kenya Hyacinth. It’s important your snake plant has offsets before you propagate it this way. If it does, remove it from its current container and separate offsets. Take a look at offsets’ roots – remove the ones that are damaged. Then, plant every offset separately in it own container. Water them lightly, until they develop roots.

Commonly asked questions about Sansevieria Parva

A thread from u/tessalindley: “I got this sansevieria parva about a month ago, and it’s been yellowing. I water it a few times a week, and it gets a medium amount of light. Any suggestions?”

Answer: Few times a week is way too much for your sansevieria. It doesn’t need that much water. Check the roots – if they rotten, repot your plant. Also, water when soil gets dry.

sansevieria parva with yellow leaves

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