Meet the ‘Bird’s Nest’, Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’

Common Names

‘Bird’s Nest’, ‘Good Luck Plant’, ‘Golden Bird’s Nest’, ‘Golden Hahnii’, ‘Dwarf Snake Plant’, ‘Birdsnest Plant’, ‘Bird’s Nest Sansevieria’, ‘Hahn’s Sansevieria’, ‘Dwarf Mother-in-Law Tongue’

Scientific Binomial Name

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’

Description of Bird’s Nest, Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’

‘Bird’s Nest’, Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’ is a smaller cultivar of the well known Snake Plant. This succulent has a cacti-like appearance with interesting variegation.  The ‘Bird’s Nest’ grows in tight rosettes with oval green-golden leaves that have a wide central stripe that is green. It has whitish mottled horizontal bands of different widths across the leaves.  The vase-like rosettes have spirally arranged broad elliptical leaves.  This succulent never grows over a foot (30 cm) tall.

The ‘Bird’s Nest’ succulents naturally propagate from underground rhizomes which eventually form into clumps

This is a very hardy and easy plant to grow. It remains small which makes it ideal is some indoor areas of a home or office.

  • Mature Size:  height 7”; spread 8”
  • Outside Spacing:  6 inches.
  • Pot Size:  These are small and slow growing so they can be grown in terrariums and dish gardens.
  • Uses:  This plant is used outside as a groundcover and for edging.  It is drought resistant so it is suitable for xeriscaping. It is grown indoors as a houseplant. Since it maintains a small size it is often used in terrariums, dish gardens and as one of the best office plants.

Growing Conditions for ‘Bird’s Nest’, Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’

  • Light:  Tolerates low light and partial shade. This is a popular office plant because it is one of the top plants that grow in fluorescent lights.
  • Soil:  Use a general purpose cactus potting mix.
  • Flowers:  Creamy tan flowers bloom in mid-summer.  Bird’s Nest will not die after it flowers but it will stop producing new leaves.  The flowers apparently have a sweet aroma although we have never smelled them.  Some of these plants, depending on the growing conditions, rarely flower.  Even very healthy plants may be stubborn and not produce flowers.

General Care for ‘Bird’s Nest’, Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’

  • Water:  Water deeply but only when you are sure the soil is totally dry.
  • Fertilizer:  Use a one-half strength diluted fertilizer if needed. This plant is sensitive to over fertilizing so only use sparingly.
  • Propagation:  Propagation can be done by dividing the rootball, from offsets and from leaf cuttings.

Signs of Stress and Poor Health

These plants are very prone to rotting when they are over watered.

Medicinal and Other Uses



This is a poisonous plant when ingested.

Native Distribution

West Africa


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Other Tips

The Bird’s Nest looks great and grows well with other small sized succulents.

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