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Haworthia turgida var. longibracteata

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Scientific Name

Haworthia turgida var. longibracteata (G.G.Sm.) M.B.Bayer

Synonyms

Haworthia longibracteata, Haworthia retusa f. longibracteata

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Haworthia

Description

Haworthia turgida vary in leaf size, shape, marking, and growth habit. It forms small rosettes, up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, with glassy green leaves with “crystalline” textures. Leaves (20 to 40) are recurved at the tip, which is translucent and marked with green lines. Haworthia turgida var. longibracteata has more erect and ovate lanceolate leaves. Becomes reddish in strong light. Offsets freely to form small clusters quickly. In spring, mature rosettes produce single, upright, wiry stems carrying tiny white tubular flowers.

Haworthia turgida var. longibracteata

Photo via henriettes-herb.com

How to Grow and Care

Haworthia are not considered difficult houseplants to grow—if you can keep a pot of aloe alive on a windowsill, chances are you can do the same with a dish of Haworthia. As with all succulents, the most dangerous situation is too much water—they should never be allowed to sit in water under any circumstances. At the same time, these decorative little plants can be grown in interesting containers such as tea cups and even miniature baby shoes. If you’re given a Haworthia in such a container, make sure the container had adequate drainage. If it doesn’t, it might be a good idea to pop the plant out of its container and add a layer of gravel to the bottom to reduce the wicking action of the soil above. Finally, look out for sunburned spots on your plants.

Haworthia are small (usually remaining between 3 inches (7.5 cm) and 5 (12.5 cm) inches in height) and relatively slow-growing. They are often grown in small clusters in wide, shallow dishes. Over time, clusters will naturally enlarge as the mother plant sends off small plantlets. When the cluster has outgrown its dish, repot in the spring or early summer into a new wide and shallow dish with fresh potting soil… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.

Origin

Native to the Western Cape Province of South Africa.

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