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Haworthia transiens


Scientific Name

Haworthia transiens (Poelln.) M.Hayashi


Haworthia cymbiformis f. multifolia, Haworthia cymbiformis var. brevifolia, Haworthia cymbiformis var. multifolia, Haworthia cymbiformis var. transiens, Haworthia cymbiformis var. translucens, Haworthia planifolia var. transiens

Scientific Classification

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


Native to South Africa.


Haworthia transiens, also known as Haworthia cymbiformis var. transiens, is a stemless succulent with solitary to slowly proliferous rosettes, up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, of fleshy, light green leaves. The leaves turn reddish-brown in full sun. They are roundish, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long, each with 8 to 10 longitudinal stripes, finely toothed margins, and a pointy, translucent area near the tip. Flowers are white to pale pink with brownish-green veins and appear from mid-spring to early summer on an up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall inflorescence.

The specific epithet "transiens" derives from the Latin "transeo," meaning "go over or pass over" and probably refers to the similarities with Haworthia cymbiformis.

How to Grow and Care for Haworthia transiens

Light: Although some species can grow in full, bright sun, most Haworthias live in more sheltered spots, and they are adapted to thrive in partial shade. Place the potted plants in a bright area with some protection from the hottest rays of the day.

Soil: All Haworthia species do not like their roots to remain wet for prolonged periods, so their potting soil should be well-drained. Use a commercial succulent soil or make your own well-draining potting mix.

Hardiness: Haworthia transiens can withstand temperatures as low as 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b.

Watering: These succulents are very tolerant of underwatering, but overwatering can quickly lead to rotting. From spring to fall, water thoroughly, then wait until the top of the soil dries out before watering again. During the winter rest period, water just enough to keep leaves from shriveling.

Fertilizing: Haworthias do not require much fertilizer. For optimum growth, fertilization is a good idea. Feed only with a dilute fertilizer and only during the active growing season.

Repotting: These succulents are generally slow-growing and can stay in the same pot for years. For best health, Haworthias should be repotted into fresh soil every two to three years.

Propagation: Vegetative propagation, especially by offsets, is the quickest and most common method of propagating Haworthias. They can also be propagated by leaves and seeds.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.

Toxicity of Haworthia transiens

Haworthia species are generally non-toxic to humans and animals.


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