Sansevieria Black Coral
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Sansevieria Black Coral

Welcome to our guide to the Sansevieria Black Coral, all you need to know to care and propagate this plant, including soil, water, light and humidity.

Sansevieria Black Coral Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check soil weekly and only water if soil is dry all the way down.
Fertilizer:A dedicated succulent feed every 3 weeks in the summer.
Soil:A well draining cactus compost (succulent compost).
Temperature:18°C-30°C (65-85°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Black Coral Snake Plant.
Common issues:Overwatering.


The Sansevieria Black Coral (aka Black Coral Snake Plant) is a dark green and black snake plant, one for the goths out there!

See also: our snake plant category page, can snake plants live outside?, Succulent Soil, Sansevieria Fernwood, Snake Plant Care (Dracaena Trifasciata), Whale Fin Plant, Propagating Succulents In Water.

Sansevieria Black Coral Light Needs

Bright indirect sunlight is ideal as they are a succulent and will thrive in bright light. Not too much direct sun though, although some early morning direct sun can be good for it.

How Often To Water

The best thing to do is to check the soil weekly with your finger and only water the plant if the soil is dry all the way down. Do not be tempted to over do it, as they can get root rot easily.

Tip: make sure you do not water the plant until the soil is completely dry all the way down, as the biggest killer of succulents is root rot. Pay special attention when the temperatures drop and the end of summer as the soil may still be wet because the plant needs less water when it is colder. If in doubt, underwater it!


Use a dedicated succulent feed every 3 weeks in the summer.

Sansevieria Black Coral Soil

A well draining cactus compost is deal, see our guide for more info: succulent compost.

When to Repot

You can repot them when they get root bound, it will not be every year. Check them at the start and end of the growing season to make sure they have space.


40%. They do not need any special humidity requirements. Do not spray them!


Aim for 18°C-30°C (65-85°F) during the day and above 5°C (41°F) at night.

How to Propagate Sansevieria Black Coral

You propagate it easily with a cutting, take one of the ‘snakes’ and cut it into a few pieces and then let them callous over. Make sure you know which way up they were on the plant, mark with a pen if you have to. Put them in moist soil to root they must be the same way up as they were on the plant. Keep them moist but not soaking wet and they will root over the next 2 or 3 months.

See also: Succulent Propagation (with pictures).

Why Sansevieria Black Coral Turning Yellow?

The most probable cause of yellowing is lack of water. Make sure you check it every week to see if needs watering.

Sansevieria Black Coral Height

They can grow to a meter tall (just under 3 feet) if given the right conditions.

Is Sansevieria Black Coral Poisonous?

They are toxic to dogs and cats if eaten, seek vets advice if ingested.

Sansevieria Black Coral Vs Zeylanica

They are really similar dark green and silvery green sansevieria, the zeylanica has more silvery green than dark greet and the black coral is the opposite, it has more dark than light.

Sansevieria Black Coral Vs Black Dragon

The black coral is patterned with some light and dark green, but the black dragon is all one color: dark green.

Other Names

Black Coral Snake Plant

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs and Common Problems

Overwatering is really common, just make sure you only water them if the soil is totally dry from the tie before. Make sure it is well draining, and tip out any excess water after watering.

Other Articles You Might Like

There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Succulent Soil, Snake Plant Care (Dracaena Trifasciata), Whale Fin Plant, Propagating Succulents In Water.

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Sansevieria Black Coral
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