Haworthia mutica Haw.
Aloe mutica, Haworthia mutica var. mutica, Haworthia retusa var. mutica
Haworthia mutica is a small succulent that forms a stemless, usually solitary rosette of abruptly recurved, dark-green to brownish-green, barely translucent leaves with several longitudinal lines. It is similar to and sometimes difficult to distinguish from Haworthia retusa and Haworthia pygmaea. The rosette grows up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) in diameter. Leaves are thick, fleshy, and triangular at the apex, about 1.6 inches (4 cm) long and 0.4 inches (1 cm) wide. They often develop purplish cloudiness.
Flowers are small, two-lipped, greenish-white with brownish to purplish veins and appear spirally arranged on simple, up to 8 inches (20 cm) long stalks, mainly in spring and fall.
Haworthia mutica is native to South Africa. It grows in exposed positions, mainly in rock crevices in clay-sandy soil from Bredasdorp to Heidelberg in the Western Cape province.
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 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.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.
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