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Haworthia truncata (Horse's Teeth)


Scientific Name

Haworthia truncata Schönland

Common Names

Horse's Teeth


Haworthia truncata subsp. truncata, Haworthia truncata var. truncata

Scientific Classification

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


Haworthia truncata is a small, succulent 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 2 opposite rows. The leaves are gray or gray-green and are held more or less upright. 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.


USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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 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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.


Haworthia truncata is native to the Little Karoo region, in the far east of the Western Cape Province, South Africa.

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