Haworthia turgida Haw.
Aloe turgida, Catevala turgida, Haworthia retusa var. turgida, Haworthia turgida var. turgida
This species is native to South Africa. It grows on cliffs along the Langeberg Mountains in the Western Cape at elevations from 1,640 to 4,920 feet (500 to 1,500 m).
Haworthia turgida is a small succulent that forms rosettes of fleshy, light green to yellowish-green leaves with darker translucent lines at the tips. It is variable species in leaf size, shape, and texture. The rosettes grow up to 4 inches (10 cm), usually about 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, producing offsets freely to form a clump. Leaves are lanceolate with the more pointed end at the base, recurved at the tip, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long and up to 0.5 inches (1.2 cm) wide. They become pinkish or reddish in strong sunlight. The mature rosettes produce slender, unbranched stems carrying 10 to 20 small tubular flowers in spring. The flowers are white with purplish-green mid-stripe.
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, ensure the container has adequate drainage.
Haworthias are small, usually 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 containers. Over time, clusters will naturally enlarge as the mother plant sends off small plantlets. When the cluster has outgrown its container, 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.
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