Haworthia decipiens Poelln.
Haworthia decipiens var. decipiens
This species is native to South Africa. It occurs from near Prince Albert along the north of the Swartberg Mountains to Uniondale and Willowmore in the Eastern Cape, usually growing in the shelter of protective shading bushes.
Haworthia decipiens is a small succulent that forms stemless rosettes of fleshy, relatively thin, glaucous green leaves with many deep green reticulated lines and slender sparse marginal teeth. The slowly proliferous rosettes grow up to 4.8 inches (12 cm) in diameter, but there are forms with smaller rosettes, only 1.2 to 1.6 inches (3 to 4 cm) in diameter. The leaves are more or less spreading, broadly ovate, broad towards the base, and terminating in a simple about 0.4 inches (1 cm) long pellucid bristle. They dry and contract during drought.
This species is frequently confused with its relative Haworthia arachnoidea. Both are variable and hard to identify. H. decipiens differs from H. arachnoidea by the shorter and broader leaves, the lighter color, the smooth keels, and the slender sparse teeth, mainly only on the margins.
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 teacups and even miniature baby shoes. If you are given a Haworthia in such a container, ensure 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.
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