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Haworthia limifolia (Fairy Washboard)

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Scientific Name

Haworthia limifolia Marloth

Common Names

Fairy Washboard, File Leafed Haworthia

Synonyms

Haworthia limifolia var. limifolia, Haworthia keithii, Haworthia marlothiana

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Haworthia limifolia is a rosette-forming succulent up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. The leaves are triangular to ovate-lanceolate, spreading, very broad at the base, light to very dark green and even brownish-green, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) broad. The flowers are not very showy, emerging in white, tubular clusters on a up to 14 inches (35 cm) stem.

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Hardiness

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.… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Haworthia

Origin

Native to southern Africa.

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