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The Perfect Plant For Black Thumbs: African Spear Plant

Granted, Anthropologie's exclusive Nieves Lavi silk print dress, which was featured on the Anthropologie Facebook page, is quite lovely. But what I adore even more is the chic styling of this photo and the unusual plant peeking out behind the model. The plant in question is sometimes called African spear plant, or sansevieria cylindrica. What you need to know, however, is that this plant is one of the easiest houseplants you can add to your home. 

I bought my sansevieria cylindrica plant from Flora Grubb Gardens over a year ago, and it resides on the top of our very tall record shelves, which makes it rather inaccessible. This means that I usually forget to water it. And guess what? This sansevieria cylindrica plant doesn't seem to care. It's survived and thrived through poor watering and care, nonoptimal light conditions, and general inattention to its houseplant needs.

I can't recommend sansevieria cylindrica enough for those of you who think that you're incapable of keeping a houseplant alive. This one will not disappoint you. Even if you forget to water it for a couple months (as I have), it will survive your poor care. Black thumbs? Bring 'em on!

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Ellenora Ellenora 5 years
Elka--We have no idea. They all start out fine. Then, they yellow within three weeks and start tilting over and the next week they are, um, dead. Very, very dead. We watered them properly, gave them enough sun....they just dropped dead. We had lots of snake plants and other easy houseplants in Western Germany and my mom could grow them really well; she actually couldn't kill them (and she tried, trust me.) When we moved to the states when I was 2 1/2, she waited until we moved to Texas to get plants since we were staying in AZ for a really short time. She killed a overhanging flower thing within the month. She did nothing wrong, but she managed to kill it! It's been that way in every state ever since then. We just cannot keep a thing alive for very long. We did have one plant that lasted for a year? We cannot figure out why they die. We follow the directions to a t. We don't know if we have bad vibes in our house and the plants feel it and say, "OMG, THE CRAZY MILITARY PEOPLE'S HOUSE! MUST DIE! MUST DIE! MUST. DIE. NOW!!!!!!!!" because it's kind of dead within a month. I've managed to keep bamboo alive and that's about it; even those tend to keel over after three years. It's sort of weird. Everyone else can grow or have plants and here's us who can kill the most hardy things!
Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 5 years
D-GMomma, If you can't find them in Lowe's or Home Depot (but you should be able to find them there, I've seen them there before) look at a specialty garden store that can order it for you.
Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 5 years
Ellenora, what specifically happened with your plants? I'd love to help diagnose the problem. Since they're in the same family as snake plants, they are literally one of the easiest plants to take care of. Sorry you've had bad luck with them!
Ellenora Ellenora 5 years
There's one problem with this advice; we've killed African Spear Plants--THREE of them. Well, at least three. They are not black thumb friendly. USA water just does not like us.
D-GMomma D-GMomma 5 years
This is good to know. I've just killed another misfortunate indoor palm plant. I don't think I've seen one of these before -- are they fairly easy to find? As in, Lowe's or Home Depot garden area?
Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 5 years
I love that — random and helpful. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
JewishGirl JewishGirl 5 years
Haha, this is the most simultaneously random and helpful tip I have received in a while. Thanks!
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