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Haworthiopsis attenuata

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Haworthia attenuata
Phonetic Spelling
ha-worth-ee-OP-sis at-ten-yoo-AY-tuh
Description

A popular succulent species native to South Africa.  It is small in size with a rosette of stiff, opaque, linear leaves that are covered all around in attractive white spots.

While they tolerate low-light conditions, this plant prefers full sun or bright direct light.  Grow in a well-drained soil mix.

This plant is sometimes mistaken for and sold under the much rarer species Haworthiopsis fasciata– they can be distinguished by the fact that H. attenuata has a bumpy surface all around its leaves while H. fasciata's upper leaf surfaces are smooth.

 

VIDEO Created by Elisabeth Meyer for "Houseplants, Succulents, and Cacti", a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • f. caespitosa
    The white spots form bands across the leaves
f. caespitosa
Tags:
#full sun tolerant#houseplant#drought tolerant#succulent#easy to grow#bright light#pet friendly#well-drained soil#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#container plant#easy to grow houseplant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • f. caespitosa
    The white spots form bands across the leaves
f. caespitosa
Tags:
#full sun tolerant#houseplant#drought tolerant#succulent#easy to grow#bright light#pet friendly#well-drained soil#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#container plant#easy to grow houseplant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Haworthiopsis
    Species:
    attenuata
    Family:
    Asphodelaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Succulent
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Orange
    Pink
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Opaque, stiff, linear leaves with white spots on both the tops and bottoms. The leaves are entire. Bright light can cause many different colors to develop in the leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought