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Haworthia

Description

Haworthia is a succulent genus in the Asphodelaceae family.  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.

Quick ID:

  • Translucent "windows" all around the tops of the leaves
  • Rosette or "cross-shaped" leaf arrangement

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
H. retusa
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#houseplant#perennials#succulent#easy to grow#container plants#easy to grow houseplant#hsc#hsc-s
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
H. retusa
Tags:
#houseplant#perennials#succulent#easy to grow#container plants#easy to grow houseplant#hsc#hsc-s
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Haworthia
    Family:
    Asphodelaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Succulent
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Raceme
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Orange
    Pink
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    While leaf shape and arrangement varies among species, all form characteristic "windows" of translucent epidermis on and around the tops of the leaves. Most are rosulate or "cross-shaped" in growth, and some may have teeth along the margins. Bright light can cause many different colors to develop in the leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No