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Haworthia truncata f. variegata – Horse’s Teeth


Scientific Name

Haworthia truncata f. variegata

Common Names

Horse’s Teeth

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Haworthia


Haworthia truncata f. variegata is a small plant, up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) tall and up to 4 inches (10 cm) wide. It is easily recognizable by its leaves which have a nearly rectangular crosssection and are arranged in two opposite rows. The variegated leaves creamy-white, yellow and green stripes, and even distinct shades of brownish-green. The end of a leaf – the upper surface – gives the impression of having been cut (or truncated), hence the specific epithet truncata. The leaves are covered in white or gray lines with verrucosities. The flowers are not very showy, emerging in white, tubular clusters on a up to 8 inches (20 cm) stem.

Haworthia truncata f. variegata - Horse's Teeth

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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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.


Native to the Little Karoo region, in the far east of the Western Cape Province, South Africa.


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