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Haworthia cymbiformis f. variegata (Variegated Cathedral Window Haworthia)

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Scientific Name

Haworthia cymbiformis f. variegata

Accepted Scientific Name

Haworthia cymbiformis (Haw.) Duval

Common Names

Variegated Cathedral Window Haworthia

Synonyms

Haworthia cymbiformis var. variegata

Scientific Classification

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

Origin

This succulent is a variegated form of Haworthia cymbiformis.

Description

Haworthia cymbiformis f. variegata is an attractive succulent that forms stemless rosettes of fleshy, boat-shaped leaves variegated with light-green and white longitudinal stripes. The rosettes grow up to 3 inches (8 cm) tall and 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. Flowers are tubular, white to pale pink with brownish-green veins and appear from mid-spring to early summer on slender, up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall inflorescences.

Haworthia cymbiformis f. variegata (Variegated Cathedral Window Haworthia)

Photo by Georgiy Aristov

How to Grow and Care for Haworthia cymbiformis f. variegata

Light: Although some species can grow in full sun, most Haworthias are adapted to thrive in partial shade. Place the potted H. cymbiformis f. variegata in a bright area with some protection from the hottest rays of the day.

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

Hardiness: Haworthias like warmer temperatures in the summer but cool in the winter. However, they do not like being too cold. H. cymbiformis f. variegata can withstand temperatures as low as 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b.

Watering: During the hottest summer months, when Haworthias are mostly dormant, water just enough to keep the leaves from shriveling. From fall to spring, when growth is most active, water H. cymbiformis f. variegata thoroughly, then wait until the top of the soil dries out before watering again. Water the plants less during the winter when their growth slows down significantly.

Fertilizing: Haworthias do not require much fertilizer but 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, H. cymbiformis f. variegata 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. Remove the offsets when they have started developing their own roots. Sow seeds in spring or fall in a well-draining soil mix.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.

Toxicity of Haworthia cymbiformis f. variegata

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

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