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Haworthiopsis reinwardtii (Zebra Wart)


Scientific Name

Haworthiopsis reinwardtii (Salm-Dyck) G.D.Rowley

Common Names

Zebra Wart


Aloe reinwardtii, Catevala reinwardtii, Haworthia reinwardtii, Haworthia reinwardtii var. reinwardtii

Scientific Classification

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


Haworthiopsis reinwardtii, formerly known as Haworthia reinwardtii, is a small succulent that forms elongated rosettes of fleshy, white-spotted leaves. It grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and spreads to form a mat through freely-produced offsets. Flowers are tubular, pinkish-white, and appear in clusters in spring. This species is frequently confused with Haworthiopsis coarctata. However, H. reinwardtii has larger, flatter, and whiter tubercles on its leaves (those of H. coarctata are smaller, smoother, and rounder). H. reinwardtii also has thinner, narrower leaves.


USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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 teacups 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.


Haworthia reinwardtii is native to the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.


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