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Astroloba herrei


Scientific Name

Astroloba herrei Uitewaal


Astroloba dodsoniana, Haworthia dodsoniana, Haworthia harlandiana

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Astroloba


Astroloba herrei is a compact Astroloba species, with stems growing up to 8 inches (20 cm) high, that are densely covered in pointed succulent leaves. With its sharp, grey-green, keeled leaves, and its puffed up, inflated flowers, the species is easily mistaken for the closely related Astroloba spiralis species. However it is genetically distinct and can always be distinguished by its flowers. Both A. spiralis and A. herrei have puffed up, inflated flowers, but those of A. herrei are smooth (unlike A. spiralis, which has a wrinkled, transversely rugose, perianth). Flowers appear from June to November.

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USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Astroloba plants are increasingly popular as succulent ornamental, due to the extraordinary beauty of their leaf structure. Some have intricate patterns of lines, margins, spots and raised tubercles on their leaves. Nearly all of them display a crystal-like regularity in their leaf arrangement. This is not always apparent in wild plants, which are usually disfigured by their harsh habitat.

In cultivation, Astrolobas are at their best when provided with some protection from full sun. In a semi-shade environment, with extremely well-drained soil and gentle conditions, Astrolobas can become remarkably beautiful and ornate.

Unfortunately, when conditions are not ideal, occasional random leaves can die, shrivel up and go brown, all along its stem. This is unfortunate because, as explained, much of the beauty of the plants comes from the intricate, crystalline pattern of their leaves. However this disfigurement can be avoided by keeping the plants in optimal, fertile conditions – growing steadily and sheltered from stress… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Astroloba


Astroloba herrei is native to South Africa (a small area of the Karoo, on the border between the Western and Northern Cape).


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