Sansevieria masoniana ‘Whale Fin’

(72 customer reviews)

Scientific Name: Sansevieria Masoniana ‘Whale Fin’

Common Names: Whalefin Plant, Whale Fin Snake Plant, Whale Fin Sansevieria

Overview: Nicknamed the Whale Fin, the Sansevieria Masoniana features uniquely shaped paddle-like leaves. Though slow growing, the Whale Fin can reach a truly impressive size compared to other members of the genus. Its leaves have a distinctive mottled dark and light green pattern that adds a lovely touch to any room.

Like all sansevierias, this plant is famous for its air-purifying abilities. It’s a great gift for plant newbies, as it requires very little maintenance, and thrives in a wide range of light conditions.

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The Whale fin is a member of the Agavaceae family and a succulent originating from the tropical regions of Central Africa and Congo. The plant grows a single dark green leaf with a leathery texture ranging from 2 to 4 feet in height and 4 to 5 inches in width. 

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.  



Additional information


10a, 10b, 11a

Sun Exposure

Partial Shade

72 reviews for Sansevieria masoniana ‘Whale Fin’

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant! Very happy with this purchase. So happy PlantVine has California option to buy plants. 🙂

  2. Michael (verified owner)

  3. Ivanka Tolan (verified owner)

    PlantVine is absolutely and most definitely the best place to buy your plants for. My whale fin plant is HUGE with close to 20 stems, two of which are humongous. It is literally bursting out of the pot and I will be moving it to a bigger pot. Thank you so much!

  4. Cynthia B. (verified owner)

    Nice full pot. Beautiful plant. Love your plants.

  5. DORIS (verified owner)

    The plant I received was ok..but I really wanted the one that was shown in the display. A single whale fin.

  6. Suzanne Tidei (verified owner)

    GREAT customer support, plant was bigger than described!

  7. Angel Webb (verified owner)

  8. RuthAnn W. (verified owner)

    Two big fins plus a new baby coming, shipped fast. I like getting a photo before shipping!

  9. Maria A. (verified owner)

  10. Ophelia (verified owner)

    Very pleased we’ll packed

  11. Andrew J Funk (verified owner)

    Very unique plant and way more leaves than I was expecting when I ordered the medium size.

  12. Janice (verified owner)

    My plant arrived in perfect condition and was larger than expected. Customer service was excellent.

  13. Kim E. (verified owner)

    I am pleased with my whale fin plant. It took a while to get here, but they took care in watching the weather and not sending it until it was safe to do so, so it didn’t freeze. I would buy from them again. Thank you!

  14. Jeff Corazalla (verified owner)

    Wonderful, showed up in great shape will be ordering from PlantVine again

  15. William Negron (verified owner)

  16. Michele B. (verified owner)

    The plants arrived in excellent condition. They were much larger than I anticipated

  17. Amber (verified owner)

  18. Paralee E. (verified owner)

    This is my second Whale Fin purchase from PlantVine and I am extremely satisfied. It was well packaged and arrived in perfect condition. Just a note, the Whale Fin I ordered last fall has grown a pup! Or is it a baby ‘Fin’? Either way, I am excited!

  19. Cynthia (verified owner)

    My plants arrived well packed, healthy, and safe. I am so excited to care for them! Thanks PlantVine!

  20. Anonymous (verified owner)

  21. Eric Hilcoff (verified owner)

    Would have like specific instructions on care for this particular plant included.

  22. Delphine K. (verified owner)

    Love my whale fin!! My plant came package so good,my plant came out of the box without any damaged to it. I will buy again!!

  23. marcia . (verified owner)

  24. Erica (verified owner)

    It took a while to receive because of weather in my region, but it was well worth the wait. I received a healthy, large plant with multiple leaves (!) I knew I was going to get a quality plant (I’ve ordered from PlantVine before) but I was still pleasantly surprised with what I received. Thanks, PlantVine 🙂

  25. Anonymous (verified owner)

  26. Tammy K. (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant that arrived quickly.

  27. Keating C. (verified owner)

    Amazing packing job! Plant showed up so happy! Thrilled with my purchase!

  28. Gary W. (verified owner)

    I was very pleased with my order. It was great to see photos of the actual plants I was to receive. I felt I was dealing with a personal shopper. Shipment was very quick. Will surely place future orders

  29. Paralee E. (verified owner)

    I am so happy with my large Sansevieria masoniana ‘Whale Fin’. It was packaged very well and arrive in perfect condition. I will certainly order from PlantVine again. Thanks!

  30. Kathryn P. (verified owner)

    Plant arrived extremely well packaged and much sooner than expected. The plant is just as pictured. I am well pleased! This was my first purchase with PlantVine and I would not hesitate to buy again.

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Why others chose the Sansevieria masoniana ‘Whale Fin’

I purchased this plant because youtuber Miscellaneous Michelle purchases these from Plantvine and the pots are always so full that they burst the plastic pots. Glad I finally found them in stock and can't wait to see my full pot!!

I purchased a Whale Fin Plant from Home Depot about 3-4 years ago. The plat had two fins when I purchased it and it cost $14. I have not seen this plant again. This plant is a rarity and this is why I purchased this plant. Also, this plant is not high maintenance, very easy to care for.

The most unique sansevieria. Almost like art. Catches everyone's attention when they come in, & I've been dying to get my hands on a "bucket" of them. So excited about this purchase.


It’s been on my wishlist for a while. I love Sansevierias/Dacenas

Been on my wish list for some time! Stunning statement plant!

These are hard to find. I am so excited to get it

I have wanted a whale fin sansevieria for so long and they are hard to find in my area and over priced for just one leaf alone. So I am so excited to finally get one and ofcourse I went for the large one;-)

I’ve always wanted one of these because they are such beautiful statement pieces!

A friend recommended.

Large, sculptural and easy care. Becoming my favorite Sansevieria.

Gift for my father. He has wanted one for many years, and I finally found one here. I chose PLANTVINE based on a friends recommendation.

Whale Fin Snake plant is hard to find. This is one of the only sellers that has it.

Can’t find a better price than this. I’ve searched everywhere. Why pay for a cutting when you can get a whole plant

Can’t find a better price than this. I’ve searched everywhere. Why pay for a cutting when you can get a whole plant

Love this plant

I am desperate to add this exotic to my collection and it is rare and difficult to find in my area. So I was excited to find one here. Plus I have heard youtubers mention making plant purchases here, so I felt I could trust them

It’s very hard to find in my area and when I discovered that Plant Vine had it, I had to snatch one up.

Saw this Sanseveria on youtube and had to have it

Honestly because my husband really adored the Whale Fin, and wanted another one! I really enjoyed it being apart of our collection also. Beautiful leaf to have and easy up keep!

I think this sansevieria mansoniana is so beautiful and unique plant I have ever seen!

Amazing plant on my wish list which I can now cross off :)