Haworthia emelyae var. comptoniana (G.G.Sm.) J.D.Venter & S.A.Hammer
Haworthia comptoniana, Haworthia comptoniana f. major, Haworthia picta var. comptoniana, Haworthia retusa var. comptoniana
Haworthia emelyae var. comptoniana, formerly known as Haworthia comptoniana, is an attractive small succulent that forms stemless rosettes of thick fleshy leaves with numerous white oblong longitudinally arranged flecks and 5 to 7 short and long very reticulate lines of which 1 to 2 nearly reach the tip. The rosettes grow up to 3.4 inches (8.5 cm) in diameter, usually solitary or slowly proliferous from the base. Leaves are obovate, deltoid, spreading, incurved at the tip, up to 1.8 inches (4.5 cm) long and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) wide, and about 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) thick. They are pellucid-green, often brownish at the tip, smooth, or with a few small raised concolorous tubercles. In the plant's natural habitat, the rosettes are almost entirely underground, with only the apex of the leaves above ground.
The 2-lipped flowers are white with green to brown veins and appear spirally arranged on a simple, slender, up to 8.8 inches (22 cm) tall inflorescence from late spring to fall.
Haworthia emelyae var. comptoniana is native to South Africa. It is a rare succulent known from only one or two localities in the Eastern Cape province in the vicinity of Willowmore.
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Haworthias 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 miniature baby shoes. If you're given a Haworthia in such a container, ensure the container has adequate drainage. If it doesn't, it might be a good idea to pop the plant out of its container and add a layer of gravel to the bottom to reduce the wicking action of the soil above. Finally, look out for sunburned spots on your plants.
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.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.
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