Variegated Whale Fin

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Scientific Name: Sansevieria masoniana ‘Variegated Whale Fin’

Common Names: Variegated Whale Fin Snake Plant

Overview: The Sansevieria masoniana ‘Variegated Whale Fin’ is a striking and robust houseplant, famed for its uniquely shaped, large leaves that resemble a whale’s fin. This variegated cultivar showcases broad, upright leaves with a blend of deep green and creamy yellow stripes, adding an eye-catching element to any indoor space. Growing up to 3-4 feet tall, each leaf is a statement piece in itself, making it a perfect focal point for modern and minimalist interiors.

Adapted to thrive in a range of conditions, the ‘Variegated Whale Fin’ is particularly forgiving and low-maintenance. It prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate lower light levels, making it versatile for different locations in the home. Watering needs are minimal, requiring only occasional watering when the soil completely dries out, making it ideal for busy or forgetful owners.

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*** Please note that Whale Fins have natural imperfections on their leaves and this is completely normal & non harmful to the plant. 

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Make a Splash with this Whale Fin Variant

The Sansevieria masoniana ‘Variegated Whale Fin’, a striking variant of the popular Whale Fin Snake Plant, is a must-have for plant enthusiasts seeking a blend of sculptural beauty and low-maintenance care. This variety is characterized by its broad, paddle-like leaves, which showcase an eye-catching pattern of green and yellow variegation. Resembling a whale’s fin, each leaf stands upright, creating a bold, architectural statement. This plant is highly adaptable, thriving in a range of light conditions from low to bright indirect light, making it ideal for various indoor settings. It prefers dry conditions and requires minimal watering, making it perfect for busy plant owners or those new to gardening. The ‘Variegated Whale Fin’ not only adds an element of modern elegance to any space but also brings the added benefit of being a hardy, resilient houseplant that can endure less-than-ideal conditions with grace.

Caring for your Whale Fin

With proper care, the Whale Fin plant can thrive in any household setting, both indoors and outdoors. Due to its large leaves, the plant loves water and needs dry soil throughout the year. The plant is relatively low-maintenance and highly drought-resistant, making it an ideal option if you have a busy schedule.  


The Whale Fin requires sufficient light to thrive, though it can tolerate lower light. However, too much shade can slow down its growth and impact its shine, so providing the plant with direct but filtered sunlight is essential. Too much exposure to direct sunlight can damage the foliage. 

Place your plant pot in a room with an east-facing window, as this will allow them to receive the morning sunlight. At noon, the plant will get bright but less intense sunlight. If you live in a sunny region, use a light cloth or curtain to filter out the harsh rays of the afternoon sun. 


The whale fin is a slow-growing plant that requires a succulent potting mix of citrus and cactus potting soil. If you wish to make your customized mixture, you can sand, gravel, perlite, and pumice. This combination of soils will mostly remain dry, provided that it receives proper aeration and drainage. 

The ideal pH value of the soil is around 5.5 to 5.7, which is alkaline to neutral.   


Being semi-succulent, the whale fin Snake plant must be watered once every month. Since they are drought-tolerant, they can survive long hours without water. However, in areas with very high temperatures, their water requirements increase. 

Avoid overwatering, as that can make the soil waterlogged and increase the risk of root rot. The whale fin roots do poorly in soggy soil, which can result in a buildup of dangerous fungi. Before watering, check the soil’s moisture level to be sure it is almost fully dry. 

You can use a moisture meter or your finger to detect the soil’s feel. If it feels parched, proceed to add water. You may sometimes need to lift the pot; if it feels heavy, it has extra moisture and shouldn’t be watered. Always use chlorine-free, clean and tepid water.

Humidity and Temperature 

The whale fin is a sturdy plant that can withstand most humidity and temperature requirements. However, the ideal temperature range is between 65 to 75 degrees F. Keep your pots away from cold areas and frost during wintertime. 


The whale fin plant requires no fertilizer and can grow fine without them. Fertilizing them can bring more harm than good. If your plant feels dull and lifeless, consider adding a lower nitrogen fertilizer, such as Schultz 2-7-7 Cactus Plus, during the growing season only. 

Common Issues 

The whale fin is generally resistant to pests and diseases but can be susceptible to frequent ailments. 


Scale insects and mealybugs are common culprits found in the whale fin plant. You can use an old credit card to scrape off tiny scale insects or use neem oil, insecticide soap, or horticultural oil to suffocate these microscopic pests. 

Mealybugs can be identified by their white “fluff.” Use a cotton pad soaked with rubbing alcohol to wipe the whale fin leaf. You can also use a solution of water mixed with neem oil and liquid soap and apply it once a month to the plant to prevent the growth of harmful insects. 


The whale fin may experience the browning of its leaves due to insufficient water, both from its roots or the air. Timely water your plant and ensure the humidity level is consistent with its requirements. On the other hand, improper drainage and overwatering can result in root rot, so maintain dry soil and water only when needed.


Healthy whale fin snake plants do not require pruning. You should only prune diseased or dead parts of the leaf to prevent it from spreading to the rest of the plant.


The whale fin is a slow-growing plant, so you will have to wait quite a while before you can propagate. The best method is soil propagation, where you cut the leaf into segments and root them in the soil.


Choose a terracotta or ceramic container of regular size for planting the Whale Fin. The plant grows surprisingly quickly and may become top-heavy as it reaches maturity. Having at least one drainage hole is crucial to allow proper moisture flow. However, be mindful of soggy soil, which could harm the plant in the long run. 

For repotting, move the Whale Fin to a bigger container to allow its roots more space to grow. Repot it once every year or two. When filling the new pot, replace the old nutrient-lacking soil with a fresh batch of citrus and cactus potting soil.

8 reviews for Variegated Whale Fin

  1. Anita Sanchez (verified owner)

    Love my plant very much Adorable . Very good size for the money. Thank you

  2. Norma G. (verified owner)

    Absolutely beautiful. Just thought it would be a little bigger/taller

  3. Tina Windham (verified owner)

    I took it out and split it up bc it was busting at the seams👍🏻. It’s huge. Absolutely best deal I’ve searched the net and when I got this one I was on cloud 9😀. Just like the pic u have , it was busting out of the pot.

  4. Edie B. (verified owner)

    Amazing plant healthy and packaged well I will definitely order again next month.

  5. Patti S. (verified owner)

    The variegated whale fin is beautiful! The plant is big, and arrived in good shape. The packing is awesome – materials are sturdy, and the plant is secure but not crowded. I love this nursery – I have ordered before with the same great experience. Will keep buying here for plants that are a little more difficult to find.

  6. Camelon Webb (verified owner)

    We couldn’t believe the size of the Sansevieria whale fin! It was a lot bigger than expected. Arrived in good shape and on time. Will be ordering from Plant Vine again!

  7. Latanya (verified owner)

    This plant has been on my wish list for a long time. Most sellers sell this plant by the leaf so to get an actual “whole plant” with several large leaves was fantastic!! The plant arrived in excellent condition- I couldn’t be happier. Thank you PlantVine.

  8. Tammy W. (verified owner)

    I was jumping up and down when I opened the box. Just gorgeous and perfect. The shipping was great with hardly any soil spilling and no leaf damage. The plant is healthy and no bugs. Thank you once again for sending me a perfect plant. Loving the photo you send before shipping.

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Why others chose the Variegated Whale Fin

The Whale Fin has been on my wish list for over a year. Bonus it’s variegated

Been looking for this beauty! Love variegated plants. Thank you!