Haworthia nortieri var. globosiflora (G.G.Sm.) M.B.Bayer
Haworthia globosiflora, Haworthia latericia
This species is native to South Africa. It is known from the Doornbosch area at Botterkloof but has also been collected near Nieuwoudtville and Ouberg Pass.
Haworthia nortieri var. globosiflora is a small succulent that forms stemless rosettes of dark green to purplish-green leaves with raised translucent spots and small spines along the margins and keel. The rosettes grow up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) in diameter, usually solitary or slowly proliferous from the base. Leaves are up to 1.8 inches (4.5 cm) long and up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) wide. Flowers are typically globose, greyish-green or brownish, and appear in later winter and spring. The inflorescence is erect, up to 10 inches (25 cm) long raceme with about 40 spirally arranged flowers.
This variety is distinguished by the flowers having a globose tube, while the leaves are shorter and broader than those of Haworthia nortieri var. nortieri.
The varietal epithet "globosiflora (glo-boh-see-FLOR-uh)" is a compound adjective meaning "having globular flowers." It is made up of two Latin words, the adjective "globosus," meaning "globular" or "spherical," and the plural form of the noun "flos," meaning "flower" or "blossom."
How to Grow and Care for Haworthia nortieri var. globosiflora
Light: Place the potted plant in a bright area with some protection from the hottest rays of the day. White, yellow, or red-tinged leaves usually indicate that your H. nortieri var. globosiflora is receiving too much sunlight. Deep shade tends to weaken the plant over a prolonged period. If your plant has spent the winter indoors, gradually move it outdoors into the bright sun to prevent sunburn.
Soil: Like all Haworthias, this plant does not like its roots to remain wet for prolonged periods, so the soil should be well-drained. Use a commercial potting mix for succulents or make your own.
Hardiness: This succulent likes warmer temperatures in the summer but cool in the winter. However, it does not like being too cold. H. nortieri var. globosiflora can withstand temperatures as low as 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b.
Watering: In spring and fall, when the growth is most active, water H. nortieri var. globosiflora thoroughly, then wait until the top of the soil dries out before watering again. Water your plant less during the winter when its growth slows down significantly. During the hottest summer months, when this plant is mostly dormant, water just enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.
Fertilizing: H. nortieri var. globosiflora does not require much fertilizer. However, for optimum growth, fertilization is a good idea. Feed only with a dilute fertilizer and only during the active growing season.
Repotting: This slow-growing succulent can stay in the same pot for years. To keep your plant healthy and happy, repot H. nortieri var. globosiflora into fresh soil every two to three years in spring or fall. Repotting time is also the time to take offsets for propagation.
Propagation: Vegetative propagation, especially by offsets, is the quickest and most common method of propagating H. nortieri var. globosiflora. This plant can also be propagated by leaves and seeds. Remove the offsets when they have started developing their own roots. Sow seeds in spring or fall in a well-draining soil mix.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.
Toxicity of Haworthia nortieri var. globosiflora
H. nortieri var. globosiflora is considered non-toxic to humans and animals.
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