Haworthia venosa subsp. tessellata (Haw.) M.B.Bayer
Haworthia tessellata (basionym), Aloe parva, Aloe tessellata, Catevala tessellata, Haworthia coriacea, Haworthia engleri, Haworthia minutissima, Haworthia parva, Haworthia pseudogranulata, Haworthia pseudotessellata, Haworthia venosa var. tessellata
Haworthia venosa subsp. tessellata is one of the most widespread and also it is a very variable succulent plant. It is a slow-growing, stemless evergreen up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall and up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter with about 7-15 leaves arranged in spirals. The leaves are sessile, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) wide at the base, fleshy, firm in texture, broadly triangular, strongly recurved, brownish to green, cuspidate at the apex. The upper surface is marked with 6 pale green, anastomosing, vertical lines, forming a square patterned design and windowed. The lower surface is usually rounded slightly scabrid with raised coriaceous tubercles, especially in the upper part where they are arranged in transverse rows, margins with recurved white teeth. The leaves are greenish, form a rosette and turn to reddish in full sun. Small, tubular, white flowers with green bibs appear in summer, on a few flowered simple raceme up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
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.
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