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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: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
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 are creamy-white, yellow with 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.

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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 tea cups 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


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


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