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Haworthia cooperi (Cooper's Haworthia)

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Scientific Name

Haworthia cooperi Baker

Common Names

Cooper's Haworthia, Pussy Foot, Window Haworthia

Synonyms

Haworthia cooperi var. cooperi, Catevala cooperi, Catevala vittata, Haworthia vittata

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Haworthia cooperi is small, slowly-growing succulent that grows in clumps of small rosettes. Its short stem produces many leaves, just long enough to reach the soil surface, with transparent tips allowing light into the factory below.The leaves are tiny, fleshy, light green and up to 2 inches (5 cm) long. When flowering in spring to summer, it bears a peduncle simple inflorescence, up to 12 inches (30 cm) long, of whitish flowers.

Photo via gardenweb.com

Hardiness

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 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.

Haworthias are small, usually remaining between 3  and 5 inches (7.5 cm and 12.5 cm)  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. This is also the time to take offsets for propagation.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.

Origin

Haworthia cooperi is native to South Africa (Eastern Cape Province).

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