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Haworthia retusa

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Aloe retusa
Phonetic Spelling
ha-WORTH-ee-a re-TOO-suh
Description

Star Cactus is a succulent plant that forms star-shaped rosettes with its fleshy leaves, hence the common name. It is native to South Africa.

In the wild, these plants grow in very harsh conditions and are commonly found buried in sand.  They prefer a well-draining soil mix because of this.  While they are somewhat tolerant of low-light conditions, they prefer full sun or bright direct light.

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Haworthia
    Species:
    retusa
    Family:
    Asphodelaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Succulent
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Orange
    Pink
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are somewhat truncated, the tops covered by a translucent "window" that gives the leaf a triangular shape. Bright light can cause many different colors to develop in the leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants