Haworthia bayeri J.D.Venter & S.A.Hammer
Haworthia hayashii, Haworthia indigoa, Haworthia jadea, Haworthia laeta, Haworthia truterorum
Haworthia bayeri is one of the most spectacular retuse-leaved species, highly sought-after for its beautiful leaf markings. It is variable and has multiple different regional forms. It can be distinguished from its relatives by its dark color and rounded leaf tips. The upper leaf faces are semi-translucent and usually marked with longitudinal lines or reticulated patterns rather than with spots or flecks. The rosette is usually solitary and rarely forms offsets. Flowers are small, whitish-green, and appear from spring to summer.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
These succulents 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 little decorative plants can be grown in interesting containers such as teacups and even baby shoes. If you're given a Haworthia in such a container, ensure the container has adequate drainage.
Haworthias are small, usually between 3 and 5 inches (7.5 cm and 12.5 cm) in height and relatively slow-growing. Therefore, 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 into a new wide and shallow dish with fresh potting soil in the spring or early summer. This is also the time to take offsets for propagation.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.
This species is endemic to the southern Cape Provinces in South Africa.
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