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Haworthia emelyae


Scientific Name

Haworthia emelyae Poelln.


Haworthia retusa subsp. emelyae, Haworthia retusa var. emelyae, Haworthia blackburniae, Haworthia breueri, Haworthia correcta, Haworthia janvlokii, Haworthia marxii, Haworthia multifolia var. breueri, Haworthia picta, Haworthia tricolor

Scientific Classification

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


Haworthia emelyae, also known as Haworthia picta, is stemless, slow-growing and extremely variable succulent with a rosette up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. The leaves are plump, triangular, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long and emerge from the center of the rosette. Each leaf is bright to olive-green, crackled with veins of a contrasting shade. When subjected to drought stress or cold, the green pigments blush red. Mature plants produce upright, wiry stems of tiny, tubular, white flowers in late spring or summer.


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.


Haworthia emelyae is native to South Africa.

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