Haworthia emelyae var. major (G.G.Sm.) M.B.Bayer
Haworthia magnifica var. major, Haworthia wimii, Haworthia schuldtiana var. major, Haworthia maraisii var. major
Haworthia emelyae var. major is a small stemless succulent that forms a usually solitary rosette of leaves with a textured surface. The rosette grows up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) in diameter. Leaves are dark green, rough-surfaced, with a triangular flat-topped translucent area with small white spiny crystalline tubercles that converge into lines running to the point. They turn almost red in winter. Flowers are small, white with green veins, and appear on an up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall inflorescence.
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 miniature baby shoes. If you're given a Haworthia in such a container, ensure the container has 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. 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 container, repot into a new wide and shallow container with fresh potting soil in the spring or early summer. This is also the time to take offsets for propagation.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.
This variety is native to South Africa.
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