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Haworthia limifolia f. variegata (Fairy Washboard)


Scientific Name

Haworthia limifolia f. variegata

Common Names

Fairy Washboard, File Leafed Haworthia


Haworthia limifolia var. limifolia, Haworthia keithii, Haworthia marlothiana

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Haworthia


Haworthia limifolia f. variegata is a charming succulent with rosettes up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. The leaves are variegated in cream and green, triangular to ovate-lanceolate, spreading, very broad at the base, 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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How to Grow and Care

Haworthia 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. 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.

Haworthia are small (usually remaining between 3 inches (7.5 cm) and 5 (12.5 cm) inches 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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Haworthia


Native to southern Africa.


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