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Haworthia angustifolia var. baylissii


Scientific Name

Haworthia angustifolia var. baylissii (C.L.Scott) M.B.Bayer


Haworthia angustifolia f. baylissii, Haworthia baylissii, Haworthia chloracantha subsp. baylissii

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Haworthia


Native to South Africa (restricted to an area in the Zuurberg mountains, Eastern Cape).


Haworthia angustifolia var. baylissii, also known as Haworthia baylissii, is a small succulent that forms rosettes of yellowish-green to dark green leaves that become purple or brown in full sun. The rosettes grow up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter, slowly offsetting to form small clumps. Leaves are erect to recurved, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long, up to 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) wide. They have numerous longitudinal whitish spots and irregularly spaced transparent marginal teeth. This variety has broader leaves than the normal form of Haworthia angustifolia. Flowers are white with reddish-brown or yellow-green central vein on the tepals and appear in spring on slender, usually unbranched, up to 16 inches (15 cm) tall inflorescence.

The subspecific epithet "baylissii" honors Roy Douglas Abbot Bayliss (1909-1994), a collector for the Botanical Research Institute in Pretoria, South Africa.

How to Grow and Care for Haworthia angustifolia var. baylissii

Light: Although some species can grow in full, bright sun, most Haworthias live in more sheltered spots, and they are adapted to thrive in partial shade. Place the potted plants in a bright area with some protection from the hottest rays of the day.

Soil: All Haworthia species do not like their roots to remain wet for prolonged periods, so their potting soil should be well-drained. Use a commercial succulent soil or make your own well-draining potting mix.

Hardiness: Haworthia angustifolia var. baylissii can withstand temperatures as low as 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b.

Watering: These succulents are very tolerant of underwatering, but overwatering can quickly lead to rotting. From spring to fall, water thoroughly, then wait until the top of the soil dries out before watering again. During the winter rest period, water just enough to keep leaves from shriveling.

Fertilizing: Haworthias do not require much fertilizer. For optimum growth, fertilization is a good idea. Feed only with a dilute fertilizer and only during the active growing season.

Repotting: These succulents are generally slow-growing and can stay in the same pot for years. For best health, Haworthias should be repotted into fresh soil every two to three years.

Propagation: Vegetative propagation, especially by offsets, is the quickest and most common method of propagating Haworthias. They can also be propagated by leaves and seeds.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.

Toxicity of Haworthia angustifolia var. baylissii

Haworthia species are generally non-toxic to humans and animals.


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