Haworthia turgida Haw.
Haworthia turgida var. turgida, Aloe laetevirens, Aloe turgida, Catevala laetevirens, Catevala turgida, Haworthia caespitosa, Haworthia laetevirens
Haworthia turgida is a small succulent that forms rosettes of glossy green leaves with "crystalline" textures. It is variable in leaf size, shape, and texture. The rosettes grow up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. Leaves are recurved at the tip, which is translucent and marked with green lines. They become reddish in strong sunlight. This species offsets freely to form small clusters quickly. The mature rosettes produce single, upright and wiry stems carrying tiny, tubular, and white flowers in spring.
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 little decorative 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 has 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. Therefore, 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 into a new wide and shallow dish with fresh potting soil in the spring or early summer. This is also the time to take offsets for propagation.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.
This species is native to the Western Cape Province of South Africa.
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